IGN has an extensive article (but not a “review” as the author points out) about Clive Barker’s still unreleased movie staring Jackson Rathbone, Dread.
What Dread might easily have become in lesser hands is perhaps a low-rent Saw film, but what DiBlasi does so skillfully here – especially for his first time out – is to lend a real sense of intelligence not only to the characters, but to the film itself. The fears discussed in this film are the real, primeval, deeply held fears shared by everyone – darkness and death, silence and humiliation, abandonment and vulnerability – and the stories told by those participating in the study resonate so effectively because of the first-rate performances and editing.
Are there faults? Certainly. But they’re minor and the stuff of a proper review. For the moment, however, just know that there’s a film out there, looking for a doorway into a theater near you, that you simply need to see….We’ll be bringing you more on Dread as things develop, but this is one that fans of high-quality horror should put at the very center of their cinematic radar. The real dread would be not seeing it at all…
I never thought I’d say this about a horror film, but here goes. Anyone know a film distribution company executive that owes them a favor? Or that might be susceptible to subliminal messages?