Frayed, written by Kurt Svennungsen, Norbert Caoili, Rob Portmann, Dana Svennungsen and Dino Moore & directed by Norbert Caoili and Rob Portmann, was released in 2008 and stars Alena Dashiell.
At first glance, Frayed seems to be a Halloween (2007) remake. A young, violent boy is institutionalized after he murders his mother brutally, and then escapes as an adult to find his younger sister and kills off everyone in his path on the way. He kills one security guard on his way out, and the other escapes and finds himself coming into contact with a set of unlucky folks as he attempts to outrun our murderer. I was entertained enough by this, as it seemed as if it were just another slasher flick, complete with bad acting and an undeveloped cast of characters.
I was pleasantly surprised by a turn of events within the latter half hour of the film. It was odd and I haven’t decided if it was well executed or not, but it seemed slightly original and thoughtful, and for that I can give kudos.
So the young boy who was institutionalized after murdering his mother and later escaped as an adult to kill off the whole town and the security guard who is trying to out run him are actually the same person. Hmm. When he finds his little sister and her best friend, he kills off their boyfriends as the security guard is running through the woods trying to warn and save them. They end up at her house while her brother kills off the step-mother and her best friend and later ends up trying to kill her. We enter a Fight Club sequence where the brother and the security guard merge and try to kill…their selves? Oh, and THEN he starts to remember that one time his father molested him and killed his mother. So he was falsely imprisoned and never did anything wrong, and then started killing bitches.
To me this sounds like this: okay, so there’s this kid who breaks out of a mental institution and he kills a whole lot of people while looking for his little sister because he killed his mom but really he didn’t he just has split personality because his dad molested him, killed his own wife and then blamed him for it. Yeah, that’s a great idea for a movie. Wait, what? Okay, so it sounds extra shitty when you put it that way, but it’s true.
I suppose overall I liked this movie, but only because it felt a lot like a classic, and even though it wasn’t, I’ve got a soft spot for films of that nature. Everything else seemed either at average or slightly above depending on which aspect you want to talk about. I liked it.