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Frayed (I) (2007)

 -  Horror | Thriller  -  25 August 2009 (USA)
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A small town sheriff's worst nightmare comes true when his homicidal son escapes from a psychiatric hospital. An intense manhunt ensues as the dark secret behind the son's evil past becomes revealed.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sheriff Pat Baker / Party Clown (as Tony Doupé)
Aaron Blakely ...
Gary Jordan / Kurt Baker
Alena Dashiell ...
Sara Baker
Tasha Smith-Floe ...
Veronica (as Tasha Smith)
Kellee Bradley ...
Jolene Baker
Don Brady ...
Lane Denton
Dino Moore ...
The Mask / Deputy Moore / Orderly
Colin Byrne ...
Tim Evans ...
Dr. Engle
Kurt's Mom
Nick Wambach ...
Donny Parsons
Kathy Hsieh ...
Nurse Gable
Jimmy Castle ...
Kurt Baker - Age 8


Pat Baker is a small town sheriff. His son, Kurt, is a deranged young man with a dark secret. Sheriff Baker's worst nightmare comes true when Kurt escapes from a psychiatric hospital where he was locked away for the brutal murder of his mother thirteen years earlier. Gary, a hospital security guard, sets out into the woods to stop him, but soon finds himself relentlessly hunted by the deranged psychopath intent on killing him and anyone who crosses his path. Sheriff Baker launches an intense search to find his son, only to discover that his daughter, Sara, and her friends are camping in the same woods where Kurt has escaped. Kurt's psychosis escalates, as does his vengeful killing spree, culminating in a terrifying, climactic confrontation with Kurt, the sheriff and his family. Written by Lock It In Entertainment

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Every killer hides a dark secret See more »


Horror | Thriller

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Rated R for strong brutal violence, language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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1.85 : 1
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Referenced in Inside Quantum: The Post-Production of Frayed (2009) See more »


In The Middle Of The Night
Written and Performed by Norbert Caoili and Dino Moore
(MBD: Music By Dezign, ASCAP)
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Great horror movie that goes beyond the genre
31 August 2009 | by (Tacoma, WA) – See all my reviews

I watched the movie over the weekend with a group of my daughters' friends (about a dozen kids all in high school). It was great to watch a horror movie that I enjoyed and they did too.

The film really is a thinking person's horror movie, and I really appreciated the fact that they didn't dumb it down or insult the intelligence of the audience at any point in the film. There are very few movies where I really respect how the filmmakers treat the audience, and this is one of them where I do. Frayed pays homage to some of the earlier slasher movies, but never appears to be copying them. There are some of the standard scary movie ingredients, but the plot goes way beyond what you expect from a horror movie. The filmmakers were able to take a favorite genre of their own, and make something really creative.

The other thing that really impressed me was the production quality of the film especially when considering the budget constraints of making it. In particular, the special effects were amazingly well done. The thing that most impressed me about the digital effects was the fact that I didn't know most of them were digital effects. After the movie I watched the very brief overview of the special effects and was surprised by some of the things that were done on the computer rather than on the set. This was very well done and I believe the special effects guys deserve huge kudos (and an award for one specific scene) for their accomplishment.

The best endorsement I can give the movie is that I want to watch it again. I know I missed clues and I want to see the movie at least one more time to see what I catch that went over my head the first time. In addition, everyone knows how impatient high school aged kids are, and they not only enjoyed watching the movie, but they watched it again that evening because they all really wanted to see it over again that night.

As for the very violent scene that occurs early in the movie, yes it is uncomfortable to watch. I believe the team earned an award for that one, but they probably won't get one since it is in a small independent movie. The scene is very difficult to watch or even think back to, which is why I recommend watching the bonus feature on that section of the movie. Watching the character/victim in the make up for the final stage jokingly saying "I'm ready for my close up" helped ease the discomfort that the filmmakers were trying (successfully) to make everyone feel.

I recommend watching it with a few friends so you can bat around ideas after the movie. That really helps everyone figure out what actually happens. Frayed goes way beyond a standard slasher movie genre with a tight complex plot, great cinematography, good acting, and remarkable visual effects to deliver a great horror movie.

If the same team makes another movie (which I hope they do), I can't wait to see it.

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