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The Frolic (2007)

Not Rated | | Short, Horror | 30 March 2007 (Canada)
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A prison psychologist uncovers a deadly supernatural force in one of his inmate patients leading him to his breaking point.

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Jacob Cooney
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Cast overview:
Michael Reilly Burke ... Dr. David Munck
Maury Sterling ... John Doe
Jennifer Aspen ... Leslie Munck
Kailey Nicole ... Colleen Munck (as Kailey Swanson)
Robert Ray Manning Jr. ... Officer 1
Adam Edgar ... Officer 2
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A prison psychologist returns home from his last day at work, an early retirement brought about by prolonged exposure to his latest subject, a serial killer known only as John Doe, who preys upon children. Doe is a psychotic Peter Pan who describes his murderous actions or "frolicking" as a way of "freeing" the children from their drab, earthly confines. Written by Jade DeCosta

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supernatural power | frolic | See All (2) »

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Everyone needs a special friend...

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Short | Horror

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Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 March 2007 (Canada) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Dr. David Munck: What are you drawing?
John Doe: [holds up picture] It's a little girl. She's my friend.
Dr. David Munck: Why'd you do her eyes like that? Is she dead?
John Doe: Oh, no, no, no. She's dreaming.
Dr. David Munck: What is she dreaming about?
John Doe: [grins] Me.
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A fine rendering of a disturbing story
2 January 2020 | by jonscargillSee all my reviews

The Frolic is one of the first stories i read by Thomas Ligotti and, after reading it, it stayed with me for days. It's an ambiguous tale of a presumed paedophile who denies his crimes. He doesn't abuse them, he takes them on a frolic through the, frankly disturbing, places he lives. He doesn't murder them, he frees them when the folic has to end. The whole cast is amazing but the standout performance is Maury Sterling - what an actor. He cycles through voices, personalities and moods with stunning speed. His English accent is perfect and especially creepy when the allusion to little "darlings" is decoded. The standout moment of Sterling's performance? The smile - you'll get it when you see it.


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