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Monday, December 19, 2005

The Beast Horror Pick of the Week


Frailty

Bill Paxton's directorial debut lands one of those rare moments when you finish watching a horror movie and say, "that was 100 times better than I ever imagined." Not only is the movie just downright scary, in ways that are genuinely scary (not just cheap thrills) but the film also opens the door to a rather interesting theological question: What would you do if God spoke to you and commanded you to act in a way that society says is wrong. In the case of Frailty, that act is murder. But, Paxton continues to claim his innocence (to his sons no less, which is what makes the movie horrific) due to God requesting these actions from him. The action continues to become more and more stressful that leads to a somewhat predictable ending, but it doesn't take anything away from this being one of the all time best horror sleepers. Go rent it.

4 Comments:

Blogger The Cubicle Reverend said...

One thing I did not like about this movie is he just all of a sudden went from being a loving and devoted father who did the right things for his sons to becoming a psycho killer, what happened between? How and why did this happen? Maybe I just don't remember.

December 19, 2005 8:45 AM  
Blogger The Beast said...

The thing that happened in between is that God directly spoke to him about the assignment. He later told his sons that he wrestled with the "call" initially but that he couldn't argue with God. In his mind, he wasn't a psycho killer. He was just following God's instructions.

December 21, 2005 2:03 AM  
Blogger The Cubicle Reverend said...

I must have gotten up to take a wiz during that part.

December 21, 2005 5:47 PM  
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