Haunting image for a dreadful movie. It perfectly captures the defining moment of Dread, the conclusion to a truly terrifying basic idea about being forced to confront what we fear most. But Dread suffers from several shortcomings, most notable of which is the writers open disinterest in creating characters, nobody in the movie gains any depths beyond being set-up as a victim. Add to that a painfully formulaic “boy gets traumatized by having to witness the slaughter of his parents at the hands of a maniac” opening and a story that would have made for a great short movie but got stretched to a point that makes it almost unbearable, due to the mentioned lack of real character development, and you get an idea what Dread turned into. From brilliant concept to something short of being a study in tediousness.
"When someone doesn't show up, the people who wait sometimes tell stories about what might have happened and come to half believe the desertion, the abduction, the accident. Worry is a way to pretend that you have knowledge or control over what you don't--and it surprises me, even in myself, how much we prefer ugly scenarios to the pure unknown. Perhaps fantasy is what you fill up maps with rather than saying that they too contain the unknown."— Rebecca Solnit