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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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. But when Doyle accepts to be shown concealed victim graves, the plot twists in the present just as gruesomely. Written by KGF Vissers

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

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$11,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$13,103,828 (USA) (7 June 2002)
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Putting the name OTIS on the ax was completely director Bill Paxton's invention according to Brent Hanley at 56:19 in the writer commentary. At 01:30:00 in the production commentary, it is noted that Paxton put the name OTIS on the ax to mark it so that the audience would know that it is an heirloom passed from father to son. See more »

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When the boys are in bed at 13:04, Adam says "Goodnight, Curtis" to his pet millipede in a jar, not to his brother Fenton. See more »

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[Adam Meiks questions Agent Wesley Doyle about the God's Hands killer]
Adam Meiks: I read in the paper that only one of the bodies of the six victims have been found. Now, is that true?
Agent Wesley Doyle: You read that in the paper, didn't ya?
Adam Meiks: It doesn't necessarily mean it's true.
Agent Wesley Doyle: Well, in this case it does. You see, the first victim was found, mutilated. With a note saying that God's Hands had taken her. With all of the rest, only notes were found, no bodies.
Adam Meiks: How do you know they're dead?
Agent Wesley Doyle: Well, we don't for sure. But the ...
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Directors Sam Raimi, Ivan Reitman and James Cameron, among others, are thanked at the end of the credits. See more »

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Features Turnabout (1979) See more »

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(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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Genuinely Good Film
8 December 2004 | by (Seoul, Republic of Korea) – See all my reviews

The film is very complete in what it is, keeping one continuously interested with the flashbacks to childhood and growing up with such a bizarre father, and interspersing it with the tails of serial murder, one simply cannot go wrong. The very plot in itself, the very story and essence of the film, is entertaining. It is the sort of story that the director (Bill Paxton) could do so much with, and in this case, he really did do a lot with it.

From beginning to end you are kept anticipating more and more about what is happening and where the film is going, and the creativity that is behind this story is first class. I felt as if this film was exquisitely done from start to finish, and one of those rare gems that seemed to be without any boring lulls -- the action flowing neatly, quickly, and tightly from one scene to the next.

It demonstrates just how far people can go: so as to do such horrible things to their loved ones, and to do such acts of evil, in the name of 'God' when they are disillusioned as in this case. It also is sometimes interesting in its' twists & takes on the concept of morality as a whole.

Overall, this is the sort of film that one easily overlooks, but I would recommend you to not do likewise and to check this film out -- it is very much so worth your time.


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