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Dread (2009)

Three college students set out to document what other people dread the most. However, one of the three turns out to secretly be a sadistic psychopath who uses this knowledge to gruesomely torture the subjects.

Director:

Anthony DiBlasi

Writers:

Clive Barker (based upon the short story "Dread" by), Anthony DiBlasi (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jackson Rathbone ... Stephen Grace
Hanne Steen Hanne Steen ... Cheryl Fromm
Laura Donnelly ... Abby
Jonathan Readwin ... Joshua Shaw
Shaun Evans ... Quaid
Vivian Gray Vivian Gray ... Tabitha Swan
Carl McCrystal ... Axe Man
Derek Lea ... Quaid's Father
Siobhan Hewlett ... Quaid's Mother
Kieran Murphy Kieran Murphy ... Young Quaid
Cheyanne Raymond Cheyanne Raymond ... Zooey (as Cheyenne Raymond)
Zoe Stollery Zoe Stollery ... Shauna
Elspeth Rae Elspeth Rae ... Samantha
Erin Gavin Erin Gavin ... Valerie
Kerry Ann Smith Kerry Ann Smith ... Nurse #1
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The outcast cinema student, Stephen Grace, does not drive cars due to the trauma of losing his brother in a car accident. He befriends, Quaid, who since the age of 6 has experienced dreadful nightmares and daydreams about the death of his parents. Quaid proposes they research about each one's innermost fear. Stephen sees the chance of developing an original thesis for college and invites his friend, Cheryl, to work with them. Among the interviewees, Stephen talks to his colleague, Abby who works with him in the library. Abby has a complex about the way she looks. When the work is almost complete, Quaid has an outburst at one interviewee's and ends up destroying the camera and editing equipment. Stephen begins to re-evaluate the situation. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

Your Time Will Come.

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

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Rated R for strong bloody violence, disturbing sadistic content, graphic sexuality, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 2009 (Turkey) See more »

Also Known As:

Strah See more »

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Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Quaid: Maybe I'm not being clear enough. Maybe I need to be honest with you and tell you what I want.
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An Impressive Debut at Montreal's 2009 Fantasia Festival
16 July 2009 | by Craig McPhersonSee all my reviews

Based on the Clive Barker short story, Dread, which made its world premiere at the 2009 edition of Montreal's Fantasia film festival, is remarkable on two fronts: Barker's striking departure from his traditional macabre story lines, and Anthony DiBlasi's impressive directorial debut.

The story unfolds with two college students, Steve (Twilight's Jackson Rathbone) and Quaid (Shaun Evans), agreeing to work together to create a documentary of people's innermost fears. The two put out a call for candidates and document their interviews on video.

An expert manipulator, Quaid is able to coax these troubled souls into revealing their innermost demons; deeply personal revelations they would otherwise never dream of discussing in public, much less on camera. Meanwhile Quaid harbors deep seated psychological scars of his own, having been a childhood survivor of the brutal home invasion axe slaying of his parents at the hands of a mysterious psycho.

Espousing the belief that by confronting one's ultimate fear an individual will either overcome their phobia or be consumed by it, Quaid convinces the more demure Steve, and friends Cheryl and Abby to participate in the study. Unknown to everyone involved, however, is Quaid's desire to take things to the next level, progressing beyond mere interviews to the actual physical and psychological nightmare of tackling their fears head on.

DiBlasi displays a remarkably talented hand at spinning a yarn that incorporates introspective, character-driven drama and some spectacularly jolting and emotionally moving sequences. While deviating out of necessity from the plot structure of Barker's original story, which didn't provide much "meat" for a feature length film, Barker equally deserves kudos for providing DiBlasi with a twisted tale that is firmly rooted in the real world, where human cruelty is infinitely more tangible and terrifying than anything the supernatural can invoke.

Led by Rathbone and Evans, the young cast turns in uniformly strong, nuanced and intensely emotional performances not typically found in this genre. Among the standouts is Hanne Steen, who plays Cheryl, a friend infatuated with Steve who bears the curse of a disfiguring skin pigmentation that covers a third of her face and body. Steen deftly manages to convey her character's sensitivity and long held pain in a manner that the viewer can readily attune to, earmarking her as a future talent to watch.

As debuts go DiBlasi's Dread is as solid, slick, engaging and thought provoking as it is terrifying, making this a must see, not merely for fans of the genre, but anyone with untold skeletons in their closet.


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