''Dread'' is a 2009 film directed by Anthony [=DiBlasi=] based on a short story written by Creator/CliveBarker.

Three college students set out to do a project on people's innermost fears. One of them, a disturbed young man named Quaid who witnessed his parents get murdered as a child, takes the project to the next level.

Was part of the Creator/AfterDarkHorrorfest film festival. For the original shot story see ''Literature/{{Dread}}''.

!!This film contains examples of the following tropes:

* AdaptationExpansion: Given that the source material is a short story, this is to be expected.
* AndIMustScream: The final fate (presumably) of [[spoiler: Cheryl.]]
* AxCrazy: Not only the guy who killed Quaid's parents, but by the end, [[spoiler: Steven and Joshua]] as well.
* BloodIsSquickerInWater: When Abby is in the bathtub and tries to scrub off her birthmark.
* BodyHorror: After being humiliated by Quaid, Abby proceeds to scrub off her birthmark, which covers half of her body, in the bathtub...with steel wool.
** She then proceeds to pour ''bleach'' all over the wounds in hopes of wiping it out.
* TheBadGuyWins: [[spoiler: Quaid gets away with his crimes with no repercussions whatsoever and is even in a better place at the end than he was a the beginning having overcome his 'dread'.]]
* CanonForeigner: Abby
* TheChessmaster: Quaid
* DecompositeCharacter: Steven and Joshua in the film were both derived from the same character in the novella.
* DeathByAdaptation[=/=]SparedByTheAdaptation: [[spoiler: In the original short story, Steven survives (albeit insane) and Quaid is killed.]]
* DiabolusExMachina: [[spoiler: Joshua returns and, assuming that Steven was working with Quaid when Quaid made him go deaf, kills Steven with an axe.]]
* DistinguishingMark: Abby has a birthmark that covers half of her body.
* FateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler: Cheryl is locked in a room with nothing but a knife and the dead body of her boyfriend.]]
* FreudianExcuse: Quaid witnessed his parents get killed by a psycho with an axe. The other characters have skeletons in their closet as well.
* ImAHumanitarian: Of the forced variety.
* KarmaHoudini: Guess.
* RapeAsBackstory: Cheryl was sexually abused by her father.
* SadisticChoice: Quaid puts Cheryl through this.
* ShoutOut: To ''Franchise/{{Batman}}''. Quaid is the Scarecrow with Batman's origin story. The filmmakers seem to have taken this and ran with it, as the original character Abby is pretty obviously based on Two-Face.
* UnwittingPawn: Everyone becomes this under Quaid's "experiments".
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: It's hard not to feel sympathy for Quaid given what he went through. For the first half of the film, at least.