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Do you have faith in debut director Bill Paxton's helming skills? You just might after witnessing this gothic serial-killer flick. Resurrecting themes of religious justice la Seven, Frailty follows Lone Star dad Paxton's holy war against "demons." With the help of two young sons and one wicked ax, Paxton teaches his victims not to mess with Texas--or God.
Years later, the older sibling--now Matthew McConaughey--recounts the freaky family history to convince the FBI that his brother is carrying on dad's murderous mission. Okay, so some of the film's grit is glossier than it needs to be (i.e. everyone looks good), but even with a few missed swings, this Southern-fried creep-out is largely engrossing and very watchable. In any event, it gives new meaning to the term "director's cut."