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Steeped in gloomy atmosphere, Frailty locates its horror in the tyranny of religious fanaticism. Making an assured directorial debut, actor Bill Paxton costars as a Texas widower who believes God has recruited him to destroy demons in human form. Feeling divinely justified in committing a series of ax murders (discreetly unseen), he urges his two young sons to assist him in the killings--a living nightmare recalled in flashback by one of the now-adult sons (Matthew McConaughey) to the FBI agent (Powers Boothe) who's investigating the murders. But mystery is of secondary importance in Brent Hanley's cleverly twisting screenplay; Frailty suggests, with unsettling subtlety, that Paxton's mission may not be delusional, thus burdening his deadly wrath with spiritually disturbing significance. It's definitely not a feel-good film, but with celebrity endorsements by Stephen King and directors James Cameron and Sam Raimi (who both made films with Paxton), Frailty gets under the skin with insidious efficiency. --Jeff Shannon

DVD Features

Commentary by director Bill Paxton

Commentary by editor Arnold Glassman, composer Brian Tyler, producer David Kirschner

Commentary by writer Brent Hanley

"Atatomy of a Scene" from the Sundance Channel

"The Making of Frailty"

Deleted scenes

Still photo presentation

Widescreen anamorphic format


Bill PaxtonDad Meiks
Matthew McConaugheyFenton Meiks
Powers BootheFBI Agent Wesley Doyle
Matt O'LearyYoung Fenton
Jeremy SumpterYoung Adam
Luke AskewSheriff Smalls
Derk CheetwoodAgent Griffin Hull
Missy CriderBecky Meiks
Cynthia EttingerCynthia Harbridge

May 13, 05 11:59am

For his directorial debut, actor Bill Paxton chose Frailty by Brent Hanley, a horror...

  • Genre: Horror Movies
  • Director: Bill Paxton
  • Producer: TriMark
  • Length: 100 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaApr 12, 2002
    EuropeSep 6, 2002
    JapanNov 23, 2002
    AustraliaJan 30, 2003
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
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