For those of you that are familiar with me, you know I love anything Clive Barker. Hellraiser, Candyman, Midnight Meat Train, Book of Blood, all of it. I really don't care how B movie his film adaptions are, the fact is that if the majority of his stuff was film exactly as written, no one would allow it to be released. So live with what is released.
I read the short story of Dread years ago and without giving it away, I think it's plainly clear to anyone who has seen the trailer that the film deviates greatly from the story, while holding true to it at the same time. If that makes sense.
I personally really liked the film. I read a lot of posts at IMDB about it (which I should NOT do because I never get good feedback from forums there) and a lot of people hated it and said you couldn't care for the characters, etc. I don't know, I found two of the secondary characters to be the ones I cared for and felt for the most. Strangely enough, they were the ones that didn't even exist in the original story. The acting was decent. I have to say that I was impressed with Jackson Rathbone, having seen him in nothing but Twilight and New Moon. He is a PRETTY one when he isn't all blond like in Twilight. Good God.
For some reason, the effects in Clive Barker's movies always seem to impress me. I mean, it's obvious that this movie isn't exactly high budget, but some of the gore in it is insane. I had to look away numerous times and I'm normally okay with stuff like this. The bathtub scene was too much for me though, I think because I just felt so much for the character.
I think a majority of my love for all of Clive's work has to do with reading the stuff first and having met him. I was lucky enough to meet him back in LA in either 2003 or 2004. For someone who writes such twisted shit, he is one of the sweetest people ever. If you ever get a chance to meet him, take it. He signed stuff for me and offered to look at writing I did (which I would have given a limb to have had on me at that point) and just kept talking to me. When it comes to his fans, it seems he has nothing but adoration for them, which I find so wonderful. It's so nice to see people like that who are grateful for what they have and take the time to talk with fans like that.
If you're a Clive Barker fan, I think you'll enjoy it. Also, if you're a horror fan who goes into horror films understand what you're going to get and not expecting them to be Citizen Kane, you'll also enjoy it. I mean, it's a lower budget horror film. I hate when people watch them expecting more than something can deliver.
On another note, I now feel that out of all the cast members of Twilight, Jackson should have played Edward. He has eyes that make you melt. It's just nuts that some people can be that good looking. Okay, enough of that, it's why I saved it for the end.