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11 January 2010 @ 05:52 pm
Clive Barker...Dread...Jackson Rathbone...NO SPOILERS!!!  
Just saw Dread last night.

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.
I feel: numbnumb
I'm listening to: Be Somebody by Kings of Leon
zana: Vampire Diariesoctoberland on January 12th, 2010 12:06 am (UTC)
Why hello there fellow Clive Barker fan! :) I love him too and I also had a chance to meet him and have a wonderful story but I hate feeling like a show-off. Maybe I'll post about it in my LJ like my Kurt Russell story. But yeah, he was AWESOME.

I have to admit I can't rightly recall the story Dread. I've read a great deal of his work but that one isn't sticking out in my head. So keeping that in mind I loved the film. I didn't like it as much as Midnight Meat Train but then again Midnight Meat Train is one of my favorite stories that I remember quite clearly.

For about the first 3/4 of Dread I thought "Hm. It's okay. It's not quite the scary film I had been expecting". And then WHAM! That last 1/4 had my head spinning. Like you I had to look away a bunch of times and I NEVER do that with scary movies. It makes me sad that all these great stories of his are getting slammed right to dvd. Did you see Book of Blood?

And yeah, it doesn't hurt that Jackson is VERY pretty. His freaking eyes man. I wish he didn't have to wear contacts in the Twilight films.
Lady Manson: misc - dread jackson basementladymanson on January 12th, 2010 12:29 am (UTC)
Oh, another Clive Barker fan!!!

Yeah, I tend to try to keep my meeting stories to a minimum, but some I just have to tell. And I rarely get to meet authors. It's always musicians for me and meeting authors just makes me go nuts. Plus, since he was so nice, I always like to let people know. I'm happy to hear that you had a good experience meeting him too. :)

The story of Dread only had the character afraid of deafness, the one afraid of meat, and the guy conducting the study. In the story, he was only conducting it and Jackson's character was actually the one afraid of being deaf. He was tortured by being put in a dark silent room, not the way the character in the film was (I felt SO bad for the deafness guy in the film - that was AWFUL.) In the story, the girl afraid of the meat was not known by Jackson's character and she was released. Jackson's character escaped in the story and killed the guy conducting the study. The film added a LOT of stuff and changed stuff, but I still enjoyed it a lot.

Okay, and the fact that I now know someone else that has read Midnight Meat Train is so awesome! I remember when they made it into a film and my husband and I had to seek out this tiny little theater in the middle of nowhere that was showing it at midnight because it got such a limited release. Even though they added a lot to that film, I still loved it.

Yep, I saw Book of Blood. I thought it was good for what it was. There were certainly parts of it that scared me. I liked the storyline of it.

Yeah, Jackson is just a doll. We were watching it and my husband knew that the guy who played Jasper was in it. We're almost to the end of the movie and I referred to him as Jasper instead of Stephen and he's like, "THAT's Jasper? He looks completely different!" For a movie that is all about vampires being super hot, Twilight could just leave him 'as is'. He'd do fine.

Edited at 2010-01-12 12:29 am (UTC)