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31 Days of Halloween: Day 24: Frailty (2001) – A Dark and Disturbing Thriller

frailty_xlgCategory: Thriller/ Mystery/ Drama
Actors: Bill Paxton, Matthew McConaughey, Powers Boothe, Matt O’Leary, Jeremy Sumpter
Duration: 100 min
Rated: R

You might like this movie if you enjoyed:
The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Seven (1995)

Long Story Short:
A man shows up at the local police department and reveals the shocking truth about his father.

These are the kind of movies I miss. Frailty is a dark, twisted drama that suddenly turns into a disturbing thriller, that will have you gasp. It is also one of Matthew McConaughey’s best performances, but so many haven’t even heard of it, which is sad. Even the child actors are fantastic; usually children can come off slightly annoying, but this was not the case here, I felt every emotion they were going through and how they desperately tried to justify the father’s behavior. When I saw this movie back in 2001, I couldn’t sleep for almost a week because I kept wondering if this could be real. It is definitely a movie that goes beyond entertainment. It is often hard to watch, but keeps you glued to the screen, and guessing until the very end; it was highly praised by James Cameron (Titanic (1997), Avatar (2010), Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead (1981), Drag Me To Hell (2009)) and Stephen King, who called it the best horror movie of the year.

Rating: 8.5/10


  1. I just watched this, in the dark, thinking that it would be scary. The plot was kinda disappointing in the sense it wasn’t scary, but deeply disturbing. I did think Bill Paxton was fantastic. The movie definitely had me guessing through out what the whole point was, but I NEVER saw the twist at the end! This movie got me ha ha. But thanks for your review man, it opened my mind to a movie I might have never given a chance.

    • I am glad you liked it. Being categorized as a horror movie you could expect it to be scary, but like I said, it starts as a drama and turns into a disturbing thriller. 😉 The reason why I couldn’t sleep was because I kept wondering if someone could actually have this gift that the father claimed to have… Thanks for commenting, I am glad I could help! 😀

  2. This movie is on Netflix, I guess I should watch this some night! Never heard of this before, thought it looked dumb. Thanks for the great review and recommendation!

    • That’s the thing with older movies: They just didn’t know how to promote them right. Nowadays you are blown away by the trailer and then you watch the movie and get nothing but thin air.

  3. Frailty is a true hidden gem and more proof that Matthew McConaughey’s recent success is not a fluke. He’s been right here all along. I remember seeing Frailty in a theater, practically by myself, but I talk it up and recommend it whenever I can.

    • I rented it because one of the movie-rental guys recommended it, I had never heard of it until then, and I do the same, I recommend it to everyone I see! LoL

  4. I did enjoy this film, though I only saw it for the first time a few months ago. It had something that a lot of horror/thriller films miss, and I thought it was great. You are right, it was one of McConaughey’s best performances, and it largely unknown.

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