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Frayed (2007)
Movie Review by The Insane Old One

Frayed (2007) Some more indie film goodness to share, kiddies!

I went into this movie expecting the typical direct-to-video slasher fare; I was somewhat intrigued by the warning about "one of the most brutal scenes ever put on film", but other than that I figured the best I could hope for was a decent retread of an old formula.

From the get go, I wasn't disappointed in this belief; you've seen this before. The comparison to "Halloween" is obvious almost from the outset, and you get reminded a LOT of another, more recent European slasher that I won't name so as not to give anything away. Suffice to say, I was certain I had the plot figured out before the movie had reached the one-third mark, and while I thought the production values, cinematography, and acting were way above par for a low-budget outing like this, I still wasn't overly excited...it was formula, pure and simple.

Then, in the last reel...yes! I was unsurprisingly vindicated in my belief of what was going on and how the plot would unfold...

But then...

I was floored...the ending that I had deduced (and was completely correct about) still wasn't the ending that I thought it would be. The movie rolled on for several more minutes, revealing one of the best plot twists(actually SEVERAL plot twists, all contributing as a whole) I have seen in quite some time. I have to say, the filmmakers, like Romero and Hooper in the past, have no desire to make you feel better at the end...I for one felt very uncomfortable with the ending of this film, and that impresses me the most.

I say that anyone interested in horror films or mysteries should check this one out...the end totally justifies the path you take to get there.

(And yes...the "brutal" scene in question IS very, VERY brutal, both in circumstance and execution...not for the squeamish.)

Enjoy the dark, children!

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