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Frailty (2001)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  12 April 2002 (USA)
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A man confesses to an FBI agent his family's story of how his religious fanatic father's visions lead to a series of murders to destroy supposed "demons."



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Becky Meiks (as Melissa Crider)
Alan Davidson ...
Vincent Chase ...
Edmond Scott Ratliff ...


FBI agent Wesley Doyle is startled by the spontaneous declaration of youngster Fenton Meiks about how his father's delusions to have a divine mission as avenging angel required him and his brother Adam to become his 'demon-slaying' murder accomplices. And how hard an dangerously revolting proved. But when Doyle accepts to be shown concealed victim graves, the plot twists in the present just as gruesomely. Written by KGF Vissers

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Only demons should fear me.... and you're not a demon, are you? See more »


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 April 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dämonisch  »

Box Office


$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,208,655 (USA) (12 April 2002)


$36,288 (South Africa) (4 October 2002)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Directors James Cameron, Sam Raimi and author Stephen King all singled out Frailty (2001) for high praise. King thought it one of the best horror movies of its year. See more »


In the title credits montage, we see a newspaper which reads SECOND VICTIM FOUND IN GOD'S HAND CASE at 02:03. In the next scene, Agent Doyle tells his visitor that of the 6 victims in the God's Hand case, only the first body was ever found, while for "all the rest, only notes were found, no bodies." See more »


[voice-over during when Dad, Young Fenton and Young Adam are preparing to capture the second demon]
Adam Meiks: Dad told us that there were moments in everyone's life when they could suddenly just disappear without anyone knowing where they went or why. He said those were the moments when God's hands would reach out and take you. According to Dad nothing not even a camera could catch us. We were invisible when we were God's hands.
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Crazy Credits

Directors Sam Raimi, Ivan Reitman and James Cameron, among others, are thanked at the end of the credits. See more »


Features Davey and Goliath: The Silver Mine (1961) See more »


(There Will Be) Peace In The Valley For Me
Written by Thomas A. Dorsey
Arrangement by Johnny Cash (as John R. Cash)
Performed by Johnny Cash
Courtesy of Mercury Records
Published by Song of Cash, Inc. (ASCAP)
Administered by Bug Music, Inc.
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Honestly, I never wanted this movie to End....
3 August 2009 | by (UAE) – See all my reviews

People have different perceptions when they evaluate movies. I will only tell you what I felt when I saw this Close to Masterpiece Motion Picture.

I must Highlist here, that I never wanted this movie to End. Never... I wanted it to be as long as my favorite movies were, Like Lord of the Rings - extended versions, Into the Wild, Dances with Wolves etc. But, it was not the case here.... Though the movie was short (with perspective to my wants) It still delivers what was needed from it in short span of time. But again this is what I believe. Anyways, I'll plot the outline like this....

A widowed father of two interrupts his two sons' sleep with a shocking revelation, which is hard to believe and they are torn apart of whether believing it or not......... As the horrifying events of this tale unfold, we learn a lot about the father, about his two sons, and about their destinies. So goes the story forward...

I watched it twice and I must say it was something I would like to watch again and again.

I really appreciate all the efforts of the Director put forward to make this Precious Art which doesn't come often. Really, it is hard to find such movies...

Anyways, If You haven't seen this movie, I really recommend you to go and see it,

I give it 9/10

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