As a long-time Clive Baker fan, I’ve been anxiously awaiting for Anthony DiBlasi’s upcoming horror outing “Dread” to make an appearance in my neck of the woods. However, recent adaptations of Barker’s work have been somewhat of a challenge; “Midnight Meat Train,” while enjoyable, seemed somewhat empty, as did John Harrison’s lackluster “Book of Blood.” In other words, my expectations have been adjusted to reflect the latest cinematic interpretations of Barker’s twisted imagination. That being said, the trailer for “Dread” looks promising. Am I drooling with anticipation? Not yet, but I expect it to start momentarily. I’ll spare you the juicy details.
Here’s the synopsis:
Stephen 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.
The three set out to document people revealing their life’s most terrifying moments. But Quaid quickly grows bored with mere interviews and decides to take the study to a much more visceral level, causing all three to become vulnerable as they reveal their fears in front of the camera. Just as Stephen and Cheryl realize they have partnered with a madman, they also find themselves subjects of the hideous experiment they brought to life… learning more about fear and dread than any human mind can stand.
Huge thanks to 24 Frames Per Second for unearthing a Korean version of the “Dread” trailer. You can enjoy it yourself by taking a trip below. The film opens Stateside on January 29th.