1 h 39 min2002X-RayR
A man confesses to an FBI agent his family's story of how his religious fanatic father's visions lead to a series of murders to destroy supposed "demons."
Bill Paxton
Bill PaxtonMatthew McConaugheyPowers Boothe
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Luke AskewJeremy SumpterMatt O'Leary
David KirschnerDavid BlockerCorey Sienega
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Alcohol usefoul languagefrightening scenessmokingviolence
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Kevin B. ReynoldsReviewed in the United States on August 14, 2018
2.0 out of 5 stars
Cheap Tricks
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I cannot stand movies like this. They make the dialog so quiet you must keep turning the volume up an up in order to hear it. Then come all the shocking sound effects that will knock you out of you chair. It's a cheap trick they call drama.
94 people found this helpful
Drumslady1Reviewed in the United States on July 20, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
must see it
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A great and really eerie psychological thriller. I love how all the murders are not shown and left to the imagination. This movie contains very dark themes and violent scenes, but only one with blood. It had an excellent twist at the end which is what really made this great.
34 people found this helpful
MichaelReviewed in the United States on October 25, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
ADULT MOVIE !! R+. Do NOT let kids see this. But, You will love this film.
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This movie has so many twists and turns it will mess with your head. A fun and intense film. Matthew McConaughey & Bill Paxton were great. I sure miss Bill. He passed away recently. Notice the boy who played young Adam. (Jeremy Sumpter) He is the cute little actor that
played 'Peter Pan' in the 2003 version. Some children are so gifted to be great actors.
But always remember that directors are 90% responsible for the success of a film. Surprise...Bill Paxton directed.

Yes. The actors have the skill of acting but, it's the director who tells them how to use that skill.
Enjoy this movie. You might even have nightmares tonight.
25 people found this helpful
ChrisSherrillReviewed in the United States on August 11, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
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There is violence and the suggestion of violence, some of it committed by children.
Be advised, this is a dark tale and somewhat depressing. It is a bizarre tale told in bite sized pieces to keep the viewer’s attention without revealing the twist at the end. Some say it is about religion. I disagree. It’s about insanity hiding behind the gloss of a private, divine revelation. But is it really insanity if that revelation proves to have some validity? The production values were high, and the dialog flowed well, but the story was a little slow. The acting overall was believable. Bill Paxton played as well as I have ever seen him. He was crazy enough to be crazy and sane enough to be sane. I thought he pulled that off well. If you’re in the mood for an offbeat, odd, dark and suspenseful thriller, this might be what you’re looking for.
10 people found this helpful
john winchesterReviewed in the United States on February 11, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Bill Paxton is remarkable as a director.
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I finally bought this when I should have done so long ago. This movie is surprising, suspenseful and unique. It caught me off guard. Impressive for a directorial debut. Would be interesting to see what more he could do.
26 people found this helpful
jippedReviewed in the United States on December 24, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Here's the lesson in this one.
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God needs people to murder other people who get away with crimes. Um, yeah. Right. Only at the end did it turn out the "demons" were actually people that got away with crimes. That wasn't a plot twist. Just a cheap amateur script move. Please, this whole thing was predictable from the start and unbearably dragged out to get to the punchline. Child actors are rarely any good and this is no exception. Not only is this a bad story, but the majority of scenes are from a couple of kids. Don't waste your time with this.
8 people found this helpful
blaine bentonReviewed in the United States on March 8, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Disturbing and chilling story
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A disturbing and chilling story. I am pretty sure I've seen this film either in its entirety or partial about 15 years ago or more. The acting was superb - especially Matt O'Leary and Jeremy Sumpter who played the young boys. There were moments in the film where I noticed I had some tears building up in the side of my eyes. You can definitely feel the inner torture that young Fenton (O'Leary) goes through. Even though Sumpter did a great job as usual, it was a bit odd to see him in this kind of film. With his gentle and appealing baby face he seems more suited for cheerful movies.
If you are into psychological terror/horror, I would recommend seeing this film at least once. However, since this film is so disturbing considering that in the story young boys had to witness murders and what not, I personally have no interest in buying the film. Renting it was sufficient for me. This was not your run-of-the-mill horror movie. The writing was very good... I had no idea what would happen after a scene as the suspense was non-stop.
4 people found this helpful
Austin TravisReviewed in the United States on July 3, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
Disappointed but it's alright
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It's not for every horror fan, especially someone coming in expecting to see a psychological thriller/horror who's expecting this to be a couple bits below greats of the subgenre like Silence of the Lambs or Seven. At first the concept of what's happening is interesting, but after a while the murders become underwhelming and the twist is maybe just not what I was wanting to happen. You might find yourself wanting things to rush along after the first two murders, because things aren't seeming that different as time progresses. Not that great, but it's not bad. I maaaaay consider buying the DVD to add to my horror collection but I wouldn't be too sad not to see it on my shelf.
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