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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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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

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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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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 »


The timing of light flooding the bedroom is a little bit off at 17:46 when Dad opens the curtains in the boys' room because it was shot on a stage. In the director commentary, Bill Paxton adds "It doesn't bother me, stuff like that." See more »


Young Adam: It's not fair! All I get to see are demons and Fenton gets to see God!
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The Demons Are Among Us
23 April 2003 | by (Herzlya, Israel) – See all my reviews

Making or watching a horror movie about crazy people is not that crazy nowadays - it must be the times, news are probably more unsane than much of the screen or literary fiction. 'Frailty' is the story of a family of serial killers who behave like a low-class American family drawn crazy by the father's religious visions. However unsane and fantastic this seems, we have heard worse in the news already.

The film is worth watching, though I confess it is not exactly my genre, neither my preferred style. Bill Paxton plays the lead role, and he also directs in what seems to be his first major movie. Directing is a little bit HBO style, with a touch of X-Files. I hate story telling in the background, and this movie has a lot of it. Having children involved in the making of such a dark movie is problematic, but well, this is what the story is about... The script is interesting enough to keep interest, it has twists and surprises that compensate the conventional cinema making that dominates the movie. The final message is rather ambiguous, and I am wondering if some viewers may take it as a kind of justification for serial killing on religious basis, though this may not have been at all the intention.

Not bad, overall. 7/10 on my personal scale.

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