Dread (2009) [review]

When it came to this film, I was a little nervous, as a couple of films based on a Clive Barker stories, which were not made by the man himself, have been less than successful in being any good… to put it politely

So, when I saw this, I was pleasantly surprised that it was not a bad film. But saying that, it is a film that could have be much better than what we find here. Especially when you’ve read the story on which it is based, you’d hope for something with more courage when it comes to being interesting and imaginative, but there are many aspects of this film which I felt I’d seen many times before, done in much better ways.

Although, there are enjoyable aspects to this, if you’ve never seen a horror movie before, you may want to start here and enjoy it for the mild, very mild look at characters; you can’t help but think of them as the kind of people who think their lives are more interesting than they are. Unfortunately they seem a little bare boned and clichéd.

As the idea of looking at dread from a distance seems to be done so emotionlessly that you never really care for the characters. They’re too careful in the way they look at the subject, while being so attached to their own problems, they feel too attached and therefore do not seem to really care about those they find themselves surrounded by. Which is a little odd, as the three main characters seem so self aware of their own misfortunate moments which have occurred in their lives, they come across as a little too unwilling to move on with their lives.

Quaid (Shaun Evens) seems to be somebody so traumatised by the events of his childhood to the point where you stop caring and connect less with him than you do the other two main characters. The people whom the three interview for their project, seem to have such boring and uninteresting stories of dread and fear, it feels as if they’re there to make the problems of the main characters seem to have more depth than they do. All the characters come across as the types, who want attention for merely being like everybody else, as if they’re the only people in the world to have anything bad happen to them.

While I say this, I do not mean to say this is a bad film, it is not. But it could have had more backbone and been more daring in what it what it had to offer. It could have been more thoughtful and a little more intimate, a little more caring of what it had to offer, a little less retrained. As I said, there is something enjoyable about it.


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