USA / English
"There are demons among us "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."
Good work by first-time director Bill Paxton.
Actor Paxton made his directorial debut with this chilling, dark, and
competently made thriller about a widowed mechanic (Paxton himself) who
ropes his two sons into participating in savage ax murders, claiming that
the victims are not human beings at all but "demons", and that they have
been selected by God to destroy these "demons". This is all told in
flashback by one of the sons, now grown up (Matthew McConaughey) to
skeptical FBI agent (Powers Boothe).
Hard to automatically forget this film; better than most serial killer
features, it's a twisty and unsettling tale told in straightforward fashion
with a bare minimum of cinema gimmicks. Paxton, commendably, barely shows
any blood at all until near the end. Well acted by all, especially the two
child actors (Jeremy Sumpter of the recent "Peter Pan" and Matt O'Leary of
"Spy Kids 2" and "Domestic Disturbance"). The only reason I deducted any
points at all is because I can understand that some people may find all of
this hard to stomach. In any event, it's an atypical thriller with a decent
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