Saturday, October 20, 2012

The Month of Horror Day 20: Frailty

Basement contributor Matt Bellamy has taken it upon himself to watch and review at least one horror movie a day for the month of October . . . because he's awesome that way! Today, Bellamy wants to know if you have what it takes to kill a demon.

Now here is a horror movie where it's not so much about freaky things jumping out to scare you, or unstoppable killing machines murdering innocent people (well, not exactly) because this is the type of horror movie where horrible things happen with the intent to disturb you and make you feel uncomfortable. Directed by, and starring Bill Paxton, this is the story of a single father of two pre-teen boys in Texas who one day receives a vision from the heavens which instructs him to hunt down "demons" disguised as regular human beings. This once upstanding, and responsible father soon becomes obsessed with his mission and enlists his sons to aid him in his holy undertaking, stopping at nothing to rid their county of evil. Kind of creepy, right? Absolutely. What's disturbing about this film is that you're never certain whether or not this is all for real; did he really see a vision or is he going crazy? As his sanity slips and he begins dragging his sons down into a destructive environment of killing and kidnapping with him, your stomach ties itself into a knot, tighter and tighter as the movie goes on. Matthew McConaughey stars as one of the sons during the present, the less said about his story the better because I don't want to be entering spoiler territory too much, this movie is honestly too good to ruin if you haven't seen it yet! If you enjoy horror flicks with an underlying religious theme, which are some of the themes I find most disturbing, then this is one you will not want to miss, it'll shake you up!

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