History Film / FatalAttraction

14th May '18 10:10:41 AM DrOO7
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* ImperiledInPregnancy: Subverted in and out of universe. Dan doesn't actively plan to kill Alex because she's pregnant, but he has no problem threatening to do so and outright trying to in a fit of rage despite knowing that she is. Out universe, Glenn Close learned she was pregnant after being rushed to the hospital after being injured filming the finale. Mercifully, the baby was unharmed, but the scene still unnerves her.
30th Apr '18 10:30:09 AM HasturHasturHastur
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* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: In her tape to Dan, Alex accuses him of being a "flaming fucking faggot".

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* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: In her tape to Dan, Alex accuses him of being a "flaming fucking faggot". Doubles as ValuesDissonance, as homophobia was rampant in the 80s, and calling someone a "faggot" was viewed in most circles as a particularly strong insult rather than the mark of a bigot.
21st Jan '18 1:53:08 PM nombretomado
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Early on, Dan and Alex listen to MadameButterfly at Alex's house; Dan recalls first going to see the opera as a little boy, and how scared he was by Cio-Cio San's suicide at the end. [[spoiler: This foreshadows the film's original ending, in which Alex herself commits suicide (to the tune of ''Madame Butterfly'', no less) and frames Dan for her murder. However, this scene was cut from the final film (see "FocusGroupEnding"), so it's actually an aversion.]]

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Early on, Dan and Alex listen to MadameButterfly ''Theatre/MadameButterfly'' at Alex's house; Dan recalls first going to see the opera as a little boy, and how scared he was by Cio-Cio San's suicide at the end. [[spoiler: This foreshadows the film's original ending, in which Alex herself commits suicide (to the tune of ''Madame Butterfly'', no less) and frames Dan for her murder. However, this scene was cut from the final film (see "FocusGroupEnding"), so it's actually an aversion.]]
20th Jan '18 6:34:06 PM DrOO7
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* InnocentSwearing: Ellen walks down the hall cheerfully saying, "Shit, shit, shit", after hearing her mother say the same thing (she had just spilled some makeup).
20th Jan '18 4:57:23 AM Dravencour
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* DeadAnimalWarning: As part of her reign of terror, Alex kills Ellen's pet rabbit and puts it on the Gallaghers' stove to boil.

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* DeadAnimalWarning: As part of her reign of terror, Alex kills Ellen's pet rabbit and puts it on in the Gallaghers' stove pressure cooker to boil.
13th Dec '17 10:49:13 PM DrOO7
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* DeathOfAChild: Ellen's poor rabbit and technically, Alex's unborn child.



* InfantImmortality: Averted regarding Ellen's poor rabbit, but played straight with Ellen herself. Also averted with Alex's unborn child.

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* InfantImmortality: Averted regarding Ellen's poor rabbit, but played straight with Ellen herself. Also averted survives her encounter with Alex's unborn child.Alex (to be fair, it's never clear if Alex intended to harm her in the first place).



* LightEqualsHope: After Dan has rejected her, Alex siths on the floor of her apartment with a broken lamp. She has the switch in her hand and is clicking it back and forth. Click: lights on. Click: lights off. It's an indication she's (consciously or unconsciously) weighing her choices. Lights: leave him alone and move on with her life. Dark: Go all vengeful stalker and ruin his life. At the end of the scene she clicks the switch one last time to leave her sitting in darkness. Her behavior becomes increasingly unhinged from that point forward.

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* LightEqualsHope: After Dan has rejected her, Alex siths sits on the floor of her apartment with a broken lamp. She has the switch in her hand and is clicking it back and forth. Click: lights on. Click: lights off. It's an indication she's (consciously or unconsciously) weighing her choices. Lights: leave him alone and move on with her life. Dark: Go all vengeful stalker and ruin his life. At the end of the scene she clicks the switch one last time to leave her sitting in darkness. Her behavior becomes increasingly unhinged from that point forward.
6th Nov '17 1:22:40 PM bt8257
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* BetterManHandleTheMurderWeapon: [[spoiler: Dan takes a butcher knife away from Alex after the fight at her apartment. Note the lingering closeup of his hand on the handle as he places it back on the counter. In the original ending, it's the same knife she uses to kill herself with and try to frame him for murder]]

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* BetterManHandleTheMurderWeapon: BetterManhandleTheMurderWeapon: [[spoiler: Dan takes a butcher knife away from Alex after the fight at her apartment. Note the lingering closeup of his hand on the handle as he places it back on the counter. In the original ending, it's the same knife she uses to kill herself with and try to frame him for murder]]
29th Sep '17 3:30:19 PM DrOO7
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** Dan himself, who truthfully points out that he never lied to her about his marital status, nor led her on to think that he would leave his wife for her.


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* VomitDiscretionShot: Alex is clearly throwing up in the bushes at the sight of Dan and his happy family, but we only hear it.
23rd Sep '17 9:02:30 PM DrOO7
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* AmbiguousDisorder: Mental health professionals have a field day trying to figure out precisely what's wrong with Alex, but many agree on Borderline Personality Disorder, as evidenced by the way she declares herself in love with Dan after one weekend and tries to kill herself when he leaves.

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* AmbiguousDisorder: Mental health professionals have a field day trying to figure out precisely what's wrong with Alex, but many agree on Borderline Personality Disorder, as evidenced by the way she declares herself in love with Dan after one weekend and tries to kill herself when he leaves. Some have also speculated that she was a victim of sexually abuse, with her father the likely perpetrator.



-->[[spoiler:'''Beth:''' ''(to Alex over the phone)"This is Beth Gallagher. If you ever come near my family again I will kill you. Do you understand me?"'']]

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-->[[spoiler:'''Beth:''' ''(to Alex over the phone)"This phone)''"This is Beth Gallagher. If you ever come near my family again I will kill you. Do you understand me?"'']]me?"]]
21st Sep '17 12:46:49 PM DrOO7
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* BreakInThreat[=/=]TheVillainKnowsWhereYouLive: Alex follows Dan home and clearly continues stalking the family unseen, as proven by her breaking into their home to kill Ellen's pet rabbit, kidnapping Ellen from her school, and breaking into the house again to kill his wife.

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* BreakInThreat[=/=]TheVillainKnowsWhereYouLive: BreakInThreat[=/=]TheVillainKnowsWhereYouLive:
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Alex shows up at Dan and Beth's apartment as someone supposedly interested in buying it, then later follows Dan him to the family's new home and clearly continues stalking the family them unseen, as proven by her breaking into their home to kill Ellen's pet rabbit, kidnapping Ellen from her school, and breaking into the house again to kill his wife.



** Alex follows Dan home, which plays into her later breaking into their house to kill their pet rabbit, and her kidnapping his daughter from her school. Even the breaking and entering plays into her showing up in their house in the film's final minutes.

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** Alex follows shows up at Dan home, and Beth's apartment, which plays into foreshadows her following him to the family's new house, which itself foreshadows her later breaking into their house to kill their pet rabbit, and her kidnapping his daughter from her school. Even the breaking and entering plays into her showing up in their house in the film's final minutes.
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