Press Release: Dread

15 October 2008




London, October 15, 2008: Principal photography has commenced in the UK on "DREAD" the eagerly-awaited new installment in CLIVE BARKER'S "Books of Blood" franchise, with ANTHONY DIBLASI at the helm, directing from his own screenplay based on Barker's original short story. Hot new US talent JACKSON RATHBONE (Twilight, S Darko) heads the cast in "DREAD" which marks the second collaboration between the UK's Matador Pictures and LA-based Midnight Picture Show.

Joining JACKSON RATHBONE in the young cast line up are rising British talent SHAUN EVANS (Being Julia, Telstar, Princess Ka'iulani) and newcomers HANNE STEEN and LAURA DONNELLY

"DREAD" is a psychological thriller centering on three college students who study other people's fears. As the study progresses, one of the students begins to seek salvation from his obsession by exploiting the terrors of his fellow participants.

Produced with Cinema Three, the UK based production and financing vehicle set up by Matador Pictures and boutique finance house Regent Capital, "DREAD" will shoot for five weeks on location in London.

Producers are Midnight Picture Show's CLIVE BARKER, JORGE SARALEGUI and JOE DALEY (Midnight Meat Train, Book of Blood) and NIGEL THOMAS and LAURI APELIAN from leading UK production company Matador Pictures (The Wind That Shakes the Barley, Outpost).

"DREAD" follows writer/director John Harrison's"BOOK OF BLOOD" which was shot in Edinburgh and London earlier this year and both are part of a planned collaboration between Midnight Picture Show and Matador Pictures to bring horror maestro Clive Barker's "Book of Blood" short stories to life in a new feature film franchise. Los Angeles based sales company Essential Entertainment is handling worldwide sales on both projects.

Clive Barker, Joe Daley, Anthony Diblasi and Jorge Saralegui launched The Midnight Picture Show in 2003. Prior to this, Saralegui was Executive VP of Production at 20th Century Fox from 1996 where he was involved in the conception and production of such big budget successes as Speed, Independence Day, Broken Arrow and Alien Resurrection. Through his own production company, Saralegui produced Red Planet, The Time Machine, Queen of the Damned and Showtime.

ABOUT MATADOR PICTURES Matador Pictures is a leading independent feature film production and financing company with an established track record for films achieving commercial and critical success, earning over 100 awards, nominations and festival selections. Notable credits include the widely acclaimed Ten Minutes Older (Official Selection: Cannes, Berlin and Venice film festivals), Ken Loach's Palme D'Or Award-winning The Wind That Shakes the Barley and Ae Fond Kiss (winner of two awards at the Berlin Film Festival and nominated for The Golden Bear); the action horror film Outpost acquired by Sony Pictures; Broken Lines with Paul Bettany, Kenny Glanaan's Summer starring Robert Carlyle (winner of Best Actor at the Edinburgh International Film Festival), Princess Ka'iulani starring Q'Orianka Kilcher; Heartless with Jim Sturgess; and Jonathan Lynn's Wild Target starring Bill Nighy, Emily Blunt, Rupert Everett and Rupert Grint. UK creative wizards Artem (Hot Fuzz, The Brothers Grimm, Troy, Tomb Raider 2) are producing the special effects for the film and London-based MFX are handling visual effects sequences. British-born novelist, playwright, scriptwriter, film director and artist Clive Barker is one of the best-selling authors of contemporary horror/fantasy whose stories have been made into franchises that have spawned many sequels.

ABOUT ESSENTIAL ENTERTAINMENT Essential Entertainment was formed in January 2007 by veteran distribution acquisitions executive Jere Hausfater and equity firm veteran Jim Kohlberg. Essential Entertainment provides development, talent packaging, financing and global sales, distribution and marketing for third-party and in-house productions. The company has quickly grown to become one of the world's premiere global sales, distribution, and finance companies. Essential is also executive producing Dennis Lee's family drama Fireflies in the Garden, starring Julia Roberts, Emily Watson, and Ryan Reynolds. Essential is currently handling international sales for the Ed Zwick helmed war drama Defiance, opening this fall from Paramount Vantage and starring Daniel Craig and Liev Schreiber; and My One and Only, the Richard Loncraine-directed project starring Renee Zellweger. The film is based on the childhood of actor George Hamilton. Other projects include Solomon Kane, Michael J. Bassett's adaptation of the Robert E. Howard comic book; Gregor Jordan's adaptation of the Bret Easton Ellis novel The Informers; John Harrison's Clive Barker's Book of Blood; and Bo Zenga's directorial debut Stan Helsing. For more information, visit

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