Dread is taken from a story that was originally published in the mid- 80's from volume 2 of Clive Barker's Book of Blood. The story concerns a group of college students who decide to embark on a psychological study of an individual's fear and how certain defense mechanisms develop. Jackson Rathbone plays the lead character in this twisted affair - he is most recognizable as Jasper in the Twilight series. Although associated with that GQ image of sparkling vampires, Rathbone dives into the role of a student who's placed in a difficult situation that helps shape Barker's usual sinister outcome.
This film does not execute much in the way of gore...it taps more into the human psyche. The tension is built upon slowly, maybe even too slowly, but eventually gains enough momentum to exist as a tangible force - it is through this process that one realizes Barker's genius. The film's director, Anthony DiBlasi, made his debut with this film...he has prior experience as an executive producer for another Clive Barker inspired film, The Midnight Meat Train which was released in 2008. Clive Barker did produce Dread but when is he going to return to the director's chair? He hasn't directed a film since 1995's Lord of Illusions! We want Clive back!