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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.

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Anthony DiBlasi

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Clive Barker (based upon the short story "Dread" by), Anthony DiBlasi (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jackson Rathbone ... Stephen Grace
Hanne Steen Hanne Steen ... Cheryl Fromm
Laura Donnelly ... Abby
Jonathan Readwin ... Joshua Shaw
Shaun Evans ... Quaid
Vivian Gray Vivian Gray ... Tabitha Swan
Carl McCrystal ... Axe Man
Derek Lea ... Quaid's Father
Siobhan Hewlett ... Quaid's Mother
Kieran Murphy Kieran Murphy ... Young Quaid
Cheyanne Raymond Cheyanne Raymond ... Zooey (as Cheyenne Raymond)
Zoe Stollery Zoe Stollery ... Shauna
Elspeth Rae Elspeth Rae ... Samantha
Erin Gavin Erin Gavin ... Valerie
Kerry Ann Smith Kerry Ann Smith ... Nurse #1
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The outcast cinema student, Stephen Grace, does not drive cars due to the trauma of losing his brother in a car accident. He befriends, Quaid, who since the age of 6 has experienced dreadful nightmares and daydreams about the death of his parents. Quaid proposes they research about each one's innermost fear. Stephen sees the chance of developing an original thesis for college and invites his friend, Cheryl, to work with them. Among the interviewees, Stephen talks to his colleague, Abby who works with him in the library. Abby has a complex about the way she looks. When the work is almost complete, Quaid has an outburst at one interviewee's and ends up destroying the camera and editing equipment. Stephen begins to re-evaluate the situation. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

Your Time Will Come.

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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Rated R for strong bloody violence, disturbing sadistic content, graphic sexuality, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 2009 (Turkey) See more »

Also Known As:

Strah See more »

Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

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2.35 : 1
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[first lines]
Quaid: Maybe I'm not being clear enough. Maybe I need to be honest with you and tell you what I want.
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References Casino (1995) See more »

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Performed by The Stevedores
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Nicely put together film.
13 September 2010 | by Boba_Fett1138See all my reviews

This movie was a real positive surprise. It felt both original and well done. Simply a real good movie to watch.

It's perhaps hard to place this movie in any particular genre. Psychological-horror would be the best way to describe this movie. It plays on the deep rooted fears of people but please don't expect from this movie to give you plenty of scare moments, or anything of that sort. It's not really an horror in the classic most common sense of the word. The drama plays an important part as well, which only strengthens the movie its psychological-horror aspects. In that regard alone this movie already works out as an original and interesting one.

But above all things, it's also a really well done film. It has a good build up and narrative, some fine actors and the movie has a good look over it as well. It's not a big budget movie that had a big cinematic release anywhere but you can't really tell that, judging by the movie its looks or just overall greatness. Actually hard to believe that this was the first ever movie for director Anthony DiBlasi, who was also rumored to direct the new Hellraiser movie for a while. He would had certainly been capable of it and he had worked with Clive Barker, the creator of the Hellraiser franchise, before, which was on this movie actually, that got based on a short story by Clive Barker. His approach of the horror and more serious story aspects, which he shows that he is capable off with this movie, would had been great for a new Hellraiser movie.

The movie has a story that steadily but slowly progresses. Yet the movie becomes never a boring or dragging one because it is capable of getting you involved with the characters and their stories. 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. No, not everything works convincing or works out as strong and effective as it could had but still this movie feels like a breath a fresh air and is perfectly watchable.

A nice, original, well done little film.

7/10

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