History Film / Frailty

9th Jul '17 8:22:07 PM Stellarvore
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** It's also possible that the use of the term "demon" here is used as a synonym for an irredeemably wicked human. This seems to be the case with [[spoiler:Fenton.]]
27th May '17 4:41:25 PM ErikModi
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* ShoutOut: Defied. The script called for Fenton to want to sneak into ''Film/{{Alien}'', but Bill Paxton changed the line to ''Film/TheWarriors'' instead, because he didn't want it to feel like a wink at the audience (Bill Paxton having been in ''Film/{{Aliens}}'').

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* ShoutOut: Defied. The script called for Fenton to want to sneak into ''Film/{{Alien}'', ''Film/{{Alien}}'', but Bill Paxton changed the line to ''Film/TheWarriors'' instead, because he didn't want it to feel like a wink at the audience (Bill Paxton having been in ''Film/{{Aliens}}'').
27th May '17 4:41:03 PM ErikModi
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* ShoutOut: Defied. The script called for Fenton to want to sneak into ''Film/{{Alien}'', but Bill Paxton changed the line to ''Film/TheWarriors'' instead, because he didn't want it to feel like a wink at the audience (Bill Paxton having been in ''Film/{{Aliens}}'').
27th May '17 4:38:07 PM ErikModi
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* InsistentTerminology: A great deal of emphasis is placed on the difference between "destroying a demon" and "committing murder." TruthInTelevision, since the actual Biblical Commandment is more accurately translated as "Thou Shalt Not Commit Murder." When God commands that people (or, in this case, demons) be killed, there's usually a pretty good reason, which makes it not "murder."


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* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: PlayedWith. [[spoiler: Fenton, after revealing himself to actually be Adam, stated that while he knew his brother was a serial killer, he had to wait until Fenton's name came up on his list. To kill him before that would be murder.]]
27th May '17 4:32:24 PM ErikModi
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* NoNameGiven: Bill Paxton's character is never referred to by name.

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* NoNameGiven: Bill Paxton's character is never referred to by name. Even in the end credits, he's "Dad."
27th May '17 4:30:19 PM ErikModi
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* TheEndingChangesEverything: And how![[spoiler: TheReveal that not only is Fenton really Adam, but that he really can see demons, puts the entire movie in a new light. The fact that he's there to kill the agent in charge only adds to this.]]

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* TheEndingChangesEverything: And how![[spoiler: how! [[spoiler: TheReveal that not only is Fenton really Adam, but that he really can see demons, puts the entire movie in a new light. The fact that he's there to kill the agent in charge only adds to this.]] The ending also reveals that Adam was, indeed, protected from video surveillance (the VHS tape recording him at the FBI office had bad-tracking lines over his face) and an FBI agent ''who personally met and interacted with him fails to recognize him!'']]
7th Mar '17 7:19:05 AM TheWhistleTropes
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* UnreliableNarrator
* VertigoEffect: When the FBI agent meets the Sheriff, [[spoiler: and doesn't recognize him as the guy from the night before who was the last person to see Wesley alive.]]

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* UnreliableNarrator
UnreliableNarrator: [[spoiler:And how!]]
* VertigoEffect: When the FBI agent meets the Sheriff, [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and doesn't recognize him as the guy from the night before who was the last person to see Wesley alive.]]
6th Mar '17 2:19:39 PM DanielBenner8891
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** Also, Fenton turns out to be a demon, had become a serial killer when he was older, and Adam had killed him. Succeeding where their father had failed.
6th Mar '17 2:13:49 PM DanielBenner8891
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* TheReveal: It turns out that the visions that Dad Meiks saw were in fact true and the people who he abducted and killed with his ax were in fact demons who had commited horrific crimes.

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* TheReveal: It turns out that the visions that Dad and Adam Meiks saw were in fact true and the people who he abducted and killed with his ax were in fact demons who had commited horrific crimes.
6th Mar '17 2:12:53 PM DanielBenner8891
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* {{Telepathy}}: The father claims to have the ability to see people's sins by touching them. [[spoiler: Given the way Adam finds out about Wesley murdering his mother, maybe he does.]]

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* {{Telepathy}}: The father claims to have the ability to see people's sins by touching them. [[spoiler: Given the way Adam finds out about Wesley murdering his mother, maybe and howmaybe he does.]]]] Also, when he shakes Agent Hull's hand and tells him he's a good man, it can be assumed that he saw that Hull hadn't commited any terrible crimes.


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* TheReveal: It turns out that the visions that Dad Meiks saw were in fact true and the people who he abducted and killed with his ax were in fact demons who had commited horrific crimes.
** Fenton is really Adam.
** Agent Doyle is really a demon on the Angel's list to be destroyed and that Doyle had killed his own mother.
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