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  • Actors: Jackson Rathbone, Hanne Steen, Laura Donnelly, Jonathan Readwin, Shaun Evans
  • Directors: Anthony DiBlasi
  • Writers: Anthony DiBlasi, Clive Barker
  • Producers: Anthony DiBlasi, Adrian Politowski, Charlotte Walls, Clive Barker, Jeremy Burdek
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: March 23, 2010
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00344EAI2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,247 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dread (After Dark Horrorfest 4)" on IMDb

Special Features

Facing the Fear: Behind the Scenes of Dread
A conversation with Clive Barker and director Anthony DiBlasi
Deleted scenes

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Stephen (Jackson Rathbone, the TWILIGHT saga) and Cheryl are college students making a documentary about what people dread in life. But they have no idea that their partner, Quaid, witnessed his parents being murdered by an axe-wielding lunatic and wants to make others experience his own personal horror. This stylish horror/thriller is produced by Clive Barker, the Godfather of modern horror/fantasy and the creator of the HELLRAISER and CANDYMAN series.


Two very different horror icons--author Clive Barker and the Twilight saga, as represented by star Jackson Rathbone--are the main sources of appeal for Dread, a grimly atmospheric psycho thriller based on one of Barker's short stories. Rathbone is a retiring young student who joins a research team working on a documentary about fear. One of the number, Quaid (Shaun Evans), has an intimate association with the emotion, having seen his parents butchered while very young, and his involvement in the project turns deeply personal--and malevolent--as he attempts to inflict his own torment on his partners. Director Anthony DiBlasi, who produced one admirable Barker adaptation--The Midnight Meat Train--and two unfortunate attempts in The Plague and Book of Blood, does well in achieving the level of visceral horror in Barker's work, but he stumbles in creating characters with enough dimension to warrant interest for the length of a feature (none of the actors can help much in this department, either, especially Evans, who's in over his head as Quaid). The result is occasionally disturbing but not more engaging than most standard-issue horror--a label that one would never apply to Barker and his fiction. The DVD, which is part of the fourth After Dark Horrorfest series, includes an inconsequential making-of featurette and a battery of deleted scenes; more interesting is a conversation with Barker, who served as one of the producers on Dread, and DiBlasi. --Paul Gaita

Customer Reviews

This film was one of the best I've seen.
This movie is not a suspense thriller, it is not psychological horror, it is not a horror film or even a sub-genre of horror.
Mark Andreasen
I'm usually able to stick with a bad movie in hopes that it will get better.

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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jraptor on August 25, 2012
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The film is well done, but for me, unsatisfying. I prefer supernatural horror which this is not. _SPOILER_ It is pure sadism/torture.
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Compay on February 25, 2010
Format: DVD
I watch plenty of movies that never make it to theaters and go straight to DVD, so I was surprised at the quality of Dread. Amazon mentions that Clive Barker (Hellraiser, Candyman) produced this film, but fails to mention that it's based on a story that he wrote in 1984.

What I appreciated most about the movie was the production. The visuals are great, the colors are terrific, and the lighting is excellent. Director Anthony Diblasi had worked with Clive Barker before as a producer for his movies, but this was actually his first time behind the lens. As his directorial debut, I just have to say that Diblasi did a brilliant job, I can't wait to see what he cooks up next.

The film's cast does a good job, though the dialogue isn't particularly special. The concept isn't very original, which is what cost the review a star. The film doesn't really pick up steam until the last 30 minutes, and that's really when the blood starts flowing. One hardcore scene even tempted me to look away in disgust, which I appreciate so much more than other new horror flicks that only assume lots of blood will do the same trick (it doesn't).

This isn't Saw or Hellraiser, and though Clive's story was original back in 1984, the concept could have been better as far as movies go. Otherwise, I would absolutely recommend this movie to anyone who enjoy horror movies with a bit of psychological thriller mixed in.
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The last of 2010's Afterdark Horrorfest films was also the one I was most anticipating - the trailer made it seem awfully dark - and to be sure, of the eight, this is easily the most disturbing in terms of where it goes.

The concept is that three college students embark on a study of fear, or "dread," which means interviewing people about their fears and how they came by them. Each person conveniently has a dark story in their past (perhaps I lived a sheltered life - my scariest moment was falling off my bike and getting stiches).

The leader of the group, Quaid, seems to have a personal interest in the study, and begins to take things further and further until he first alienates his partners, and then turns quite nasty toward them and some of the interviewees. The final third of the film shows some very disturbing moments indeed as he attempts to plumb the depths of people's personal fears.

I will say up front that, of the eight films, DREAD features the best performances, across the board - and it helps that the writing is also top notch. Unlike THE FINAL's laughable attempt at pathos, or KILL THEORY's outlandish plot, DREAD manages to explore similar tones and territory, yet remain grounded in plausibility and intelligence.

The problem I have with the film, however, is while it features many great scenes and ideas, the final combined piece doesn't quite hit the mark as well as it could have. Frankly, I think this is one of the few Afterdark films that really should have been longer - possibly a full 120 minutes. I think it would have been nicer to pace Quaid's descent into madness throughout the film, as well as the extreme reactions his victims took - rather than having all these things happen at once in the final twenty minutes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jacqueline on September 9, 2012
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A school video project about people's fears and then someone using that against them. That would have been a good movie, maybe. But the whole premise of the movie was a subplot. What the movie is about is a trauma of the main character's parents being murdered in front of him as a child and his continuing nightmares about it. I never connected with him enough to like or dislike him. Abby, the girl with the birthmark was the only character to stir any emotion in me.
There were several really good moments in the movie including an unveiling of one of the videos and what reaction that caused. The emotional impact could have been played a lot longer than it was. The parting comment at the end was gag-me creepy. I loved it. Too bad this film didn't have more of a focus instead of jumping to the "Axeman" in flashbacks all the time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By maskedgamer on September 5, 2012
Format: DVD
The ADH films are either good,bad,terrible,or cheesy. This film is good but moved a bit too slow. The movie felt a lot longer than it needed to be but it served its purpose. You felt the agony of the victims and the scenes with Vegetarian girl Cheryl was a brilliant. The films isn't a hack and slash flick it's more of one that plays on your mind. I haven't cringed in a while watching a horror film but I did with this one.

Dread is about a man who gets his excitement from befriending people, tapping into their fear, and then tormenting them with it plain and simple. What makes it good is that it's not it's not far fetched with how real psychopaths think. The excitement that they feel by seeing people fall apart because of them and watching them suffer. The most powerful scene for me is when one of the characters is staring into the others eyes as they die completely lacking compassion and only showing enthusiasm as though he's watching a magic trick being performed. He is completely unaffected by watching someone he knows die or causing someone to suffer. Whoever made this film did a great job of portraying the inner workings of a psychopath.

I gave the film 3/5 stars. I would love to see a sequel to see what happened after the ending scene, although this is a one shot kind of film.
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