Frailty (2001) Poster


Bill Paxton: Dad Meiks



  • Dad : Come in and close the door. Are you afraid?

    [Fenton nods] 

    Dad : Of what?

    Young Fenton : You, you.

    Dad : Only demons should fear me. You're not a demon, are you? The angel said you were. I can't believe that. I won't. You're my son, and I love you more than my own life. You know what's funny about all this, Fenton? I'm afraid of you.

  • Dad : You can't make things like that up, son. Killing people is wrong, destroying demons is good. Don't worry, God will send you your own list when you're older.

  • Dad : You didn't think anyone knew about that, did you? But God saw you!

    [Dad picks up his axe] 

    Dad : And you can't escape God's wrath!

  • Dad : We don't kill people, we destroy demons.

  • Dad : I never killed a man in my whole life!

  • Dad : I never killed a man before tonight.

    Young Fenton : I've seen you kill plenty.

  • Dad : Ain't that Travis kid the boy whose been givin' you trouble at school?

    Young Adam : Yep. He's a demon.

  • Dad : You did good today, kiddo.

  • Dad : You're my son, and I love you more than my own life. But you know what's funny about all of this, Fenton? I'm afraid of you...

  • Dad : May God welcome you, and keep you.

  • Dad : Do it like I showed you, the neck is first.

  • Young Fenton : These are people's names!

    Dad : They may look like people on the outside, but inside...

  • Dad : Don't cry for her son, she wasn't human.

  • Young Fenton : But Dad, that doesn't make any sense.

    Dad : I know it sounds that way, son, but it's the truth.

  • Dad : What has to be done has to be done. So, kiddo, does it have to be done?

  • Young Adam : What is that, Dad?

    Dad : That's a demon, son.

  • Dad : Do you see what you made me do? You made me commit murder...

    Young Fenton : I didn't make you do anything. You did! You're crazy!

  • Dad : I still can't figure out what these gloves are for...

  • Dad : I'm just yolkin' with ya, egghead.

  • [Dad wakes up both Young Fenton and Young Adam to tell them about his first sign from God] 

    Dad : I need you both to listen to me very carefully. Something's happen.

    Adam Meiks : [voice-over]  He said he had a vision, a vision from God.

    [Dad see's the reflection of white light off the trophy] 

    Adam Meiks : An angel came to him and told him the truth of this world. And revealed God's special purpose for are family.

    Dad : The end of the world is coming, it's near. The angel showed me. There are demons among us, the Devil has released them for the final battle. It's being fought, right now. But, nobody knows it except us and others like us.

    Young Adam : I'm scared dad.

    Dad : There's nothing to be afraid of tiger. We've been chosen by God, he'll protect us. We've been given special jobs to do. We don't fear these demons, we destroy them. We pick them up one-by-one and we pitch them out of this world. That's God's purpose for us. The Angel called us God's hands.

    Young Adam : So we're like superheroes?

    Dad : That's right. We're a family of superheroes who are going to help save the world.

    Young Fenton : But dad, that doesn't make any sense.

    Dad : I know it sounds that way, son. But it's the truth.

    Young Adam : So, what are our superhero powers?

    Dad : Well... we can see the demons, when other people can't. And the Angel told me that God would be sending us three weapons to destroy them with.

    Young Adam : Magical weapons?

    Dad : I imagine so.

    Young Adam : When do we get 'em?

    Dad : I don't know the Angel just said soon. That's all I was told except that, we're not suppose to tell anybody about any of this, absolutely no one. If you do, you put them and ourselves in danger. Fenton... don't worry it's okay. It's a lot to understand. I wanted to wait to tell you 'til once I had the chance to figure it out myself. But the angel said I, I had to do it now. Fenton?

    Adam Meiks : [voice-over]  I didn't know what to say or how to feel.

    Dad : Do you understand what I told you? Judgment day is here.

    Adam Meiks : [voice-over]  I was too messed up to understander. End knowledge.

    Dad : Soon we'll all be in heaven. Me, you, Adam, with mommy...

    Adam Meiks : [voice-over]  I didn't realize it at that moment, at least not consciously, but my happy and mostly secure world had just flipped over, and there were dark things under there...

    Dad : Judgment day is here...

    Adam Meiks : [voice-over]  Very dark things.

    Dad : We've been chosen by God.

    Adam Meiks : [voice-over]  And my little boy's mind just couldn't take it.

  • [Dad comes home and shows Young Fenton and Young Adam their first Demon out in the shed, Cynthia Harbridge] 

    Young Adam : Dad?

    Dad : Come on out here, Adam.

    [turns to Fenton] 

    Dad : Shine that light over here.

    Young Adam : Hey dad, who is that?

    Dad : That's a demon, son. Come on in here, boys, it's all right. Come on, don't be afraid.

    [closes them in the shed as the boys stare, frightened and stunned] 

    Adam Meiks : [voice-over of Dad going to find the first demon]  God had come to Dad earlier that day and told him that the time had come. After work he drove down to Jacksonville, about forty-five minutes or so southwest of Thurman. He said he had never been there before but he had no trouble finding it, God was leading him.

    Dad : [Dad watches Ms. Harbridge walk outside her front door]  Cynthia Harbridge?

    Cynthia Harbridge : [turning around surprised]  Yes?

    [Dad then hits her in the head with the metal pipe] 

    Young Fenton : [Dad grabs for the ax]  Dad don't! Please don't!

    Dad : Fenton, if I could spare you of this I would. But we are God's servants, and his will must be served! Don't be afraid, son.

    [Dad finally leans down to reveal Ms. Harbridge's sins] 

  • [In the Rose Garden we hear Young Adam dumping the remains of the demon Cynthia Harbridge into the hole] 

    Dad : No, Adam. Do it like this.

    [Dad correctly shows Adam to pour the limbs out of the bag and into the hole] 

    Dad : It's got to be done a certain way. The Angel was real specific.

    Young Adam : [Fenton cries next to them]  Why out here in the Rose Garden?

    Dad : God chose it, just like he chose us, I suppose. Don't cry for her, Fenton! She wasn't human. Didn't you see that when I touched her?

    Young Adam : I saw it, Dad!

    [Young Adam and Dad smile at each other] 

    Young Fenton : [Fenton looks at his father in tears]  You killed her...

    Dad : I didn't kill her, son, I destroyed her. She was a demon. You know, I wasn't so sure I could do it myself. I mean, she looked like a woman to me, too. But after I touched her... all I could see is the evil. And I had to do it. I'm sorry you didn't see it too, you will next time.

    Young Fenton : You're gonna do it again!

    Dad : This is our job now, son. You have to accept that.

    Young Fenton : I won't let you!

    Dad : You can't stop it; we're doing God's work here.

    Young Fenton : I'll tell!

    Dad : If you do, somebody will die. The Angel was clear on that, do you understand? Answer me, Fenton, do you understand?

    [the story fades out and brings us back into the present time] 

    Agent Wesley Doyle : So you didn't tell?

    Adam Meiks : No. I should've, but I was afraid. I mean, I loved my father but I was terrified of him.

  • [Dad, Young Fenton and Young Adam return to the shed with the second demon, Edward March] 

    Dad : Edward March?

    [Edward March wakes up] 

    Dad : You think that's an innocent man there, but it's not.

    [Dad reaches to touch the head of Edward March to reveal his sins] 

    Dad : You didn't think anybody knew about that, did you? But God saw you!

    Young Fenton : Dad, don't! Please!

    Dad : [Dad closes the shed window and raises the ax over Edward March]  And you can't escape God's wrath!

    [Afterwards, we see Dad, Young Fenton and Young Adam burying the second demon in the Rose Garden] 

    Dad : I still can't believe you didn't see it. He was a murderer of little children, Fenton. Babies... babies.

    [Dad walks off] 

    Young Fenton : He's the murderer. We got to get out of here, Adam.

    Young Adam : What do you mean?

    Young Fenton : We gotta run away. I told you we were gonna have to.

    Young Adam : I don't want to run away.

    Young Fenton : [Fenton continues to dump the limbs into the hole]  We have to.

    Young Adam : Why?

    Young Fenton : Listen to me, Adam... Dad kills people.

    Young Adam : No he doesn't! He's a demon slayer.

    Young Fenton : That's all lies, Adam.

    Young Adam : No, it's not, I see it when he touches them.

    Young Fenton : No, you don't. Dad's brainwashed you, it's all a big lie. He's a murderer and you help him.

    Young Adam : Nuh-uh! We're just serving God's will. I'm telling Dad on you!

    Young Fenton : Adam! Adam!

    [Adam runs off] 

  • [Young Fenton joins Dad at the kitchen table early in the morning] 

    Dad : I want you to know,I've never killed anything in my whole life.

    Young Fenton : That's a lie and you know it.

    Dad : I did a lot of thinking and praying after you went to bed. I asked the Angel to visit you, instead he visited me. He told me something... that I don't want to believe.

    Young Fenton : What?

    Dad : It doesn't matter, because together you and I are going to prove him wrong. You just don't have any faith, that's why you can't see the truth. But we're going to change that.

    [Dad and Young Fenton stand outside next to the backyard shed] 

    Dad : I want you to dig a hole right here. It needs to be about ten feet deep, fifteen feet wide on both sides. The length and width should form a perfect square.

    Young Fenton : What?

    Dad : You heard me.

    Young Fenton : Why?

    Dad : Because I'm your father and you do what I tell you. Understand? Do you?

    Young Fenton : Yes sir.

    Dad : Alright then, I expect half that to be done by the time I get home from work tonight.

    Young Fenton : Dad, I can't do that.

    Dad : Pray!

    Adam Meiks : [voice-over showing Young Fenton digging the hole]  I started digging that goddamn hole, but I did not pray. I would not. I hated God, I despised him. My hatred helped me dig, kept me going. Dad's, or God's, or the Angel's or whoever's plan it was would not work on me. I knew what Dad was doing was wrong, and nothing was gonna change that.

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