Mourning his dead child, a haunted Vietnam war veteran attempts to discover his past while suffering from a severe case of dissociation. To do so, he must decipher reality and life from his own dreams, delusion, and perception of death.
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
When Fenton is digging the dungeon (from 50:18 to 51:37) his T-shirt is wrapped around his head. At 50:15 in the director commentary Bill Paxton says "These [scenes] were designed in the storyboards. It was described that he'd put his T-shirt on his head by Brent Hanley." At 50:50 in the writer commentary Brent Hanley says "I like the shirt over the head. That's actually really cool. I think Matt O'Leary did that himself." Since David Ivie drew the storyboards, the T-shirt on the head might even have been David's idea. 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 »
Ball & Chain
Performed by Dale Watson
Written by Dale Watson
Courtesy of Hightone Records
Published by Bug Music o/b/o Watson Texas Music (BMI), and Songs of Windswept Pacific
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group See more »
A very promising directorial debut for Bill Paxton. A very dark thriller/who-really-done-it recommended by Stephen King. This is a strong, well-conceived horror tale about a devout, but demented man in Thurman, Texas that goes on a murdering spree after getting orders from God to eliminate demons trying to control mankind. A couple of plot twists and an eerie finale makes for your moneys worth. Most of the violence you don't really see, but still enough to double up your stomach.
Director Paxton plays the twisted man to be known as the Hand of God Killer. Matthew McConaughey is equally impressive as the demented man's eldest son that ends up telling this story to a Dallas FBI Agent(Powers Boothe). Boothe, as always, is solid and flawless. Suspenseful white knuckler! Highly recommended.
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