I love films that make you think, and Dread, based on the Clive Barker story first published in 1984 as part of his Books of Blood anthology, is certainly thought provoking.
Directed and written by Anthony DiBlasi, Dread, has a pretty cool premise: Dread. Basing itself around loner film Stephen Grace (Jackson Rathbone) and adventurous Philosophy student Quaid (Shaun Evans) who engage in a project on fear, interviewing subjects on video and delving into their very worst fears in great detail.
Quaid, an expert manipulator, is the driving force behind the project, managing to get the students to reveal their innermost demons, all the while harboring is own deep rooted psychological scars. Quaid manages to convince Steve and friends Cheryl (Hanne Steen) and Abby (Laura Donnelly) to partake in his study; confronting their ultimate fear. Setting off his own twisted chain of events, Quaid progresses to these actual physical and psychological nightmares to produce the darker footage that he desires.
The theme of this movie is compelling and clever and kept my interest, with its steady but slow progress. Dread never really becomes boring it because of its concept and how it draws you into the characters and their own stories.
Not everything totally works or is 100% convincing or effective as it could have been but still think Dread was a real positive surprise, a great psychological horror which I think horror and thriller fans will definitely like some aspect of it. It’s both original and well done.