Dread (2009) - Drama, Horror, Thriller

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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.

IMDB: 5.7
Director: Anthony DiBlasi
Stars: Jackson Rathbone, Hanne Steen
Length: 98 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 18 out of 76 found boring (23.68%)

One-line Reviews (53)

I just share my own feelings, and for me it is a complete failure, and one of the worst movies I had the misfortune to watch.

The decent into madness depicted here is powerfully dramatic and quite intense.

:/spoiler: Without divulging the whole plot, the film is quite entertaining to watch, despite the difficulty sometimes.

But when the movie is that long, boredom becomes a torture.

My impression was, that someone turned-on by pointless violence has lived-out once again his own lecherousness about human suffering.

The story was predictable even by the casual movie-goer's expectations.

The last half hour is the most intense, as the accumulating events and actions come to their conclusion.

Additonally, in the short story Stephen's fear is going deaf (a fear transplanted to the Joshua character) and one of the most compelling parts is when that fear is realized.

Anyway, good news first, there are some very good camera shots/angles used like the following the axe upstairs, I thought really gave these scenes an edge and for maybe the first half hour I was a bit tense expecting a slow build up and raucous end.

I love horror/thriller movies that have twist endings but the only problem is that they're pretty hard to come by nowadays, at least ones worth watching.

Unpleasant, contrived, false .

Slow-moving, genuinely unsettling film, based on a Clive Barker story, written by the director, about an obsessive sadist, Quaid(Shaun Evans, whose character is truly a creepy, demented soul)who starts up a friendship with a wannabe filmmaker/student, Stephen(Jackson Rathbone)talking him into basing his thesis on fear, interviewing a plethora of subjects, observing their moments of dread.

The movie is very slow at first, and it takes time to get to know the main characters too, even though they are good actors.

The beginning is disclosed in slow pace and the last part is horrific; I almost vomited with the scene of Cherryl and the rotten steak.

Bottom line: for psycho killer fans, it might prove a nice enough film, but I am not really into that, so I just got bored watching it.

The events and people are often contrived, people behaving unnaturally or occurrences exaggerated.

In fact, I watch so many movies It's been hard to find anything worth watching lately.

The pace is awfully slow even though it's not particularly long and that's what gets you.

All of the characters were, quite frankly, bland to me.

As far as being compared to recent Clive Barker films, this one is clearly better than "Book of Blood" (which was just boring), and on par with "Midnight Meat Train".

Proof you can make a tense, riveting film on a shoestring and a reminder that Clive Barker is a great horror writer.

It does start slow, and the build-up might have been better inter-sped with Ninjas or sex or something....

This had me on the edge of my seat, and it surprised me several times.

"Dread" takes its time setting up its premise but i hesitate to call it slow-moving.


Tedious, Though Beautifully Shot .

The interviews the characters do for the movie are boring and give nothing more to the movie.

The ending is pretty tough, but most of the film is dull and the only emotion I felt was pity for the poor gullible fellow.

It was also given to pointless jumping.

In fact, when it happens, the viewer will welcome it because the movie is so abysmally boring up until it happens.

Too slow for the films own good .

Utterly readable and boring movie.

The characters were engaging and some were even original.

"Dread" was a total waste of time and money and so far the worst of the After Dark Horror Fest movies I have seen from all four years.

All said and done I quite enjoyed it.

The film is air tight through and through, but I have to admit the ending is so intense that by the final scene I was relieved it was over.

Hilariously enjoyable .

All I can say is that this movie has a very original storyline, the actors are very good, the production value is good, and it is worth watching.

The screenplay and script are unique and well made, the story is very original and unfolds in an interesting and compelling way.

5 words: twist ending, underrated, satisfying, thrilling .


It starts off very slow.

The unexpected gloomy conclusion is one of the best I have recently seen in a horror movie.

REVIEW IN A LINE: One of the kind movie which stands tall from rest of the generic horror WHICH IS WORTH WATCHING.

Studenty horror, a bit slow .

Altogether, the above simply made it annoyingly contrived rather than entertaining or thrilling; it's not half as clever as it thinks or wants to be, or in fact could have been.

This movie had it all never before kinda script,good acting,good dialogs and more interestingly and importantly a Perfect end,I was completely satisfied with the movie and i highly recommend it.

It's a real intriguing movie to watch and because it's being so original, you also can't really predict all the time what is going to happen next in it.

Unfortunately this is a largely uninteresting film saddled with unlikeable lead characters and a thunking lack of storyline.

However, it has good points, well-done scenes that will keep your attention, and it's always entertaining.

Wasting time watching a boring movie is a pain already.

It seemed overall pretentious.

The premise looked really cool only the outcome was really bad and boring.