Frailty (2001)

Pros
  • The true definition of a 'hidden gem', a pretty unknown horror movie directed by Bill Paxton
  • A great horror movie with hardly any gore, mostly psychological horror
  • Really makes you wonder about real psychopaths when they claim 'God told them to kill'
  • Use of narration is a nice touch to give added depth
  • Great job establishing innocence and youth and then completely taking it away
  • Bill Paxton does a great job acting and directing (too bad he doesn't direct more movies)
  • Realistic approach, it never goes over the top with its portrayal of violence or becomes too melodramatic
  • Very sad to see a crazy father put his children through such a dark experience (it's brilliant)
  • OTIS!
  • Not necessarily a 'scary' movie, but rather a movie of pure dread and creepiness
  • Very well planned ending that most people will not see coming, no letdowns here
  • One of those movies that really makes you think after the credits roll

Cons
  • Must be a ton of 'demons' in that one Texas town

Score: 9/10

A true hidden gem in the horror genre, Frailty is a slow burn movie with a strong premise and fantastic acting. It takes a pretty common motive (God made me do it) and shows the darker side of being God's right-hand man. The perspective of the movie makes it look like the person who is committing murder, 'in the name of God', look like a total lunatic who is off the walls insane. And at the same time this possible 'hero' is willing to sacrifice his relationship with his son for the man upstairs. Is it worth it? That's just one of the many questions Frailty poses through its dark and tormented story.

Frailty has an overall bittersweet feeling, on one hand the father is supposedly ridding the world of demons, but at the cost of losing his son. But what makes the movie so effective is that it is told from the perspective of the son who doubts his father and has no one to turn to for help....not even God. There is something harrowing about having Frailty being told through the eyes of a helpless child, it's basically brilliant. In doing so it takes away the fall back that most movies fail to mention, adults, they become 'useless' in a sense because they fail to understand or see what truly is happening to the child. This is something that feels painfully real, how many adults would honestly listen to a child that age, saying the things he says and actually believe him over his father? The situation is all too real and all too perfect.

In the end, Frailty really gets you thinking about right and wrong and when if ever, you should take the life of another human being.