I'll admit at the outset,
when I saw the downright frightening box art--any time you involve
clowns in a horror movie you've got at least some reason for optimism--that
I was interested in catching Frayed.
But then, when I saw
that the movie had no less than FIVE writers, and two of them
were also the directors and producers, my hope caught in my through
and turned into a sour little ball of terror that splashed into
my gut and stayed there.
So how would Frayed,
this movie with a monstrous runtime and huge array of writers,
actually turn out?
Way back in 1994, something
really, really horrible happened in Smith Haven, Washington. The
town sheriff's son had beaten his mother to death, and caught
it all on home video. At the time, his son was just about eight
years old or so. Now, fourteen years later, the murderous tot
is being transferred from the Yellow Glen Rehabilitation Center
to a maximum security facility...when something will go horribly
I have to admit, when
they started the movie off with an ACCURATE Bible quote my spirits
were somewhat buoyed. Normally the first sign of a really godawful
movie is inaccurate Bible quotes. But with a really long run time
and a coalition of writers, you really had to wonder about this
What they actually
put out, despite some expectations to the contrary, was a fairly
solid film that packed in a few good shocks, even if the whole
thing was really rather derivative. Sure, we've all been there
before, and then some. But there's a lot of good stalk and kill
going on in here, and plenty of shocks and surprises to be had.
I do approve of most
of what was done here, even if, like I said, a lot of it was the
kind of thing I'd seen before. Sure, they took it in a much different
direction than they set it up in, but either direction was still
pretty run of the mill, in that sense. It's hard to actively dislike
a movie like this, because it's done fairly well and without a
lot of the problems that a movie like this might have had. But
at the same time, it's hard to really like it, either. It's just
so very done before.
The ending is where
Frayed truly shines, managing to completely switch gears in a
fashion that no one would have seen coming, even if it'll look
familiar to the horror buffs in the crowd.
The special features
include making-of featurettes, director's commentary track, audio
and display options, English and Spanish subtitles, and an accessible
trailer menu for Frayed, The Last Resort, Dead Wood, Necessary
Evil, Cravings, and even an ad for Break.com.
All in all, for the
jaded out there, you'll get some enjoyment out of Frayed, but
not as much as if you've never seen this kind of thing before.
Otherwise, it'll be too familiar to be very scary, but should
still get you nonetheless. In general terms, this will at least
be a good movie.
Directed by Norbert Cadili, Rob Portmann
Written by Rob Portmann, Norbert Cadili, Kurt & Dana Svennungsen,
Starring Tony Doupe, Aaron Blakely, Tasha Smith, Alena Dashiell
Produced by Norbert Cadili, Rob Portmann
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