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[[caption-width:350: Is she trapped... or is she bait?]]
->''Strangers shouldn't talk to little girls.''

A 2005 psychological thriller/ExploitationFilm featuring Patrick Wilson and EllenPage as a 32-year old photographer named Jeff Kohlver and the precocious 14-year-old Hayley Stark. They meet at a cafe after chatting online, and agree to go to Jeff's secluded house to have a little fun, where Hayley mixes the drinks and strips for a photo session. It seems that Jeff has the advantage, when he passes out and comes to, he is tied to a chair and being investigated by a not-so-innocent teenage girl. What follows is a series of arguments, cat-and-mouse games and psychological torture sessions, culminating in a tense rooftop encounter.

The film is interesting, due to its controversial nature and [[GreyAndGrayMorality unsympathetic and hard-to-categorize lead characters.]]

Not to be confused with the Music/CountingCrows album, the title track of that album, or even the other album of the same name by Music/{{Madonna}}. Or actual hard candy.

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!!This film provides examples of:
* AbuseIsOkayWhenItsFemaleOnMale: Played straight as Hayley, a fourteen year old girl, is torturing Jeff as punishment for supposedly being a 32-year-old male predator ([[spoiler:Jeff IS a predator, but it is not made absolutely clear in the movie, so viewers will abide by this trope at first]]), then [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]] as Hayley crosses the MoralEventHorizon, and then [[ReconstructedTrope reconstructed]] as Jeff's deeds get increasingly violent as well as Hayley uncovering more evidence that Jeff is a predator.
* TheAce - What Hayley appears to be on the surface - she is highly intelligent, reading books way outside of her maturity level, cute, witty, and seemingly comes from a great family.
* AloneWithThePsycho - Played with as the roles of "psycho" and "victim" switch several times between Hayley and Jeff from the second act onwards.
* AssholeVictim: If a child used a shotgun to blow the head off a child molestor, would anyone think less of her for it?
* AxCrazy - [[spoiler: Jeff himself in the final act, as he flips out and starts threatening Hailey with a knife after repeatedly stabbing a photograph of a girl.]]
* {{Bifauxnen}}: Hayley looks more like a cute little boy than a FilleFatale. This makes sense, considering the [[EllenPage actress]].
* BillingDisplacement - See that cool, stylized poster up there? It's been replaced by [[FloatingHeadSyndrome bland face shots]] of Hayley and Jeff now that Ellen Page and Patrick Wilson are stars.
* ChekhovsGun - [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Played straight]] with the gun that Hayley finds while searching for Jeff's PornStash. Also, the missing: Donna Mauer poster at Nighthawks.
* DateMyAvatar: Goes both ways. We have this charming guy and this sweet young girl, and they have so much in common. But they are both faking it. They are really predators, trying to lure each other into a trap.
* DawsonCasting - Ellen Page was 17 when she played the 14-year-old Hayley. This is disputable since the only way we find out Hayley's age is when she tells us, and she's not the most trustworthy type - it's entirely possible that she's older than fourteen.
* DeadlyBath - Defied, in its 'girl goes to take a shower with the psycho in the house' variation. When the man holding the knife bursts into the bathroom and pulls back the shower curtain, [[spoiler:he finds it empty. Then the girl leaps out from behind him holding a stungun.]]
* DigitalPiracyIsEvil - When Jeff and Hayley first meet and he offers to send her bootleg [=MP3s=]:
-->'''Hayley:''' You have the concert?!\\
'''Jeff:''' Just one song. And a little louder, please, so the authorities know!
* DirtyOldMan - Jeff has the typical perverted personality but he is legitimately charming and physically attractive and only about thirty.
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Mixed with assisted suicide, with weird MercyKill overtones.]] Yeah, it's that kind of thing.
* TheEndingChangesEverything: The events we saw more or less happened as we saw them, but its strongly implied that much of the backstory we've been given has been falsified.
* EvilPlan: Unusual in that there are two; Jeff and Hayley want to prey on each other but in different manners.
* EvilVersusEvil: We have a pyscho predator and a equally pyscho child duking it out.
* ExploitationFilm- accused of being an exploitation film, exploiting the PaedoHunt Hysteria.
* FilmNoir - It could be seen as a twisted neo-Noir, with its dark, bleak subject matter, its claustrophobic setting, and its grim protagonists. Hayley could be viewed as the AntiHero, the FemmeFatale and the PrivateDetective all in one, and Jeff could be seen as an AntiHero who is destroyed by becoming entangled with the FemmeFatale.
* {{Foreshadowing}} -
** [[spoiler: "She slept with all the wrong people and ended up killing herself."]]
** And not long after that, [[spoiler:"Four out of five doctors agree that I am actually insane."]]
** [[spoiler: There is a clear shot of a missing person notice about Donna Mauer on the wall at the cafe.]]
* GenreSavvy - While it's not explicit, both seem to know enough about psychological thriller tropes to avoid them. Hayley easily brushes off a HannibalLecture, has comebacks for Jeff's other [[BreakingSpeech speeches]], brushes aside his possible FreudianExcuse and anticipates and reverses the CandlelitBath moment as mentioned above.
* GoryDiscretionShot - We are never shown anything during the castration scene. [[spoiler:There was no castration, she was bluffing.]]
* GroinAttack: Easily one of the most horrible groin assaults in cinema. [[spoiler:It's also didn't happen.]]
* HannibalLecture: Is just one of the many {{Breaking Speech}}es thrown back and forth.
* HeyItsThatGuy: {{Juno}} / [[{{Inception}} Ariadne]] and [[ThePhantomOfTheOpera Raoul]] / [[{{Film/Watchmen}} Nite Owl II]]. In the same movie.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard or KarmicDeath, from a certain point of view.
* ILied: ''"...Or not."''
* IAmNotLeftHanded: [[spoiler: At the final climax of the film, Hayley reveals that she's been toying with Jeff from the very beginning and has known exactly what he is and what he's done from before he even talked to her]]
* IconicOutfit: Hayley's [[LittleRedFightingHood red hoodie]], even though she spends most of the film in her black tank top.
* InsufferableGenius: Hayley is an honor student and you'd better remember it.
* JitterCam: In one of the most violent uses ever in film, and this was before Cloverfield.
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Obviously Hayley herself at the end.]]
* LittleDeadRidingHood - Hayley's iconic garment is a red hoodie that matches the Little Red Riding Hood vibe of the first part of the movie. This symbolism is the result of a lucky coincidence, however, as the hoodie was actually orange and only turned red in color correction. The film makers swear up and down [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic this was not meant to be symbolic]].
* LittleRedFightingHood: It's wolf vs. wolf really but one of them wears red.
* LittleMissBadass - Hayley Stark is a particularly frightening example. She could also be categorized as a BadAss FilleFatale, a SociopathicHero, an AxCrazy PsychoForHire, TheHunter, a DarkActionGirl, a KnightTemplar, or even a MagnificentBastard. [[spoiler: At one point, Hayley takes down a gun-toting Jeff with a roll of cellophane. Cellophane, people!]] Ellen Page is ''terrifying.''
* MindRape - This is Hayley's main tactic, using subversive psychological warfare to break her targets and drive them to suicide.
* NighthawksShot: The Nighthawks and a T-Shirt. An homage to the painting.
* NosyNeighbor - Judy Takuda, Sandra Oh's character, is the only character other than Jeff and Hailey to have any impact - she pops in at one point to ask about Jeff, nearly driving Hailey's carefully calculated plan off the rails.
* NotSoDifferent- both main characters are vile, violent people.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: What does a child do when she finds a predator and has the means to punish him? Castration of course! [[spoiler: It doesn't happen but she still does horrible things to him.]]
* PedoHunt: This Red Riding Hood is hunting for wolves instead of going to grandma's house.
* PornStash: Haley finds one and a shotgun in the process.
* RippedFromTheHeadlines - It's been said the story was inspired by gangs of young Japanese girls that have cropped up in recent years. They lure in [[LoliCon certain kinds of men]] by playing the part of "innocent-yet-naughty" schoolgirls, and once they have him alone, they beat, rob, and blackmail him.
* SceneryPorn - The director had previously done music videos. The production looks absolutely sumptuous, even though the production was made on a shoestring- exactly the state of most music videos.
* SerialKiller -
** [[spoiler: By the end of the film, Hayley has a body count of at least two men. It's strongly implied that these are not her first.]]
** [[spoiler: Jeff and his friend are heavily implied to have raped and killed the underage girl Hayley mentions. Implied being used loosely, because while Jeff denies it at first, he eventually says that it was all his friend's idea, to which Hayley replies that was the same defense the other man used after she confronted him.]]
* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish - The combination to Jeff's safe consists of a significant date that is also part of his IM nickname and the date of his most (emotionally) important photo shoot, written on the back of his prints of said shoot. Downplayed in that the full date/combination isn't written down so Hayley has to do some educated guesswork and trial and error to discover it.
* VigilanteMan - Hayley hunts padeo. [[spoiler: That's her justification for picking the victims she does]].
* VillainProtagonist - Both Jeff and Hayley are vicious people and share the story.
* ToThePain: Hayley clearly just wants to torture him as much as she possibly can [[spoiler:and ''then'' kill him]]
* WhamLine: [[spoiler:"Aaron told me you did it before he killed himself."]]
* WordOfGod - Breaks the ambiguity to some degree, while enhancing the MisaimedFandom aspects. At one point, the filmmakers as much as said that both characters are [[spoiler: villain protagonists. Jeff is a pedophile, child molester, and possible murderer; Hayley is a fledgling serial killer. Both of them are intended to be more or less equally sympathetic and repugnant; neither are remotely heroic.]]
* WordOfSaintPaul: In an interview, Ellen Page confirms that she played the character as a 14 year old on [[KnightTemplar what she believes is a righteous crusade]], lashing out because of her anger at uncaught pedophiles. In fact, she refused the line "Maybe not even fourteen" because she believed it went against the character she had built through her performance. She also commented on how cruel her character is. [[spoiler:Hayley clearly enjoys everything she does to Jeff, making her a sadist either way.]] Page has also discredited her comparing Hayley to Joan of Arc, saying [[http://www.dreadcentral.com/interviews/page-ellen-hard-candy "I said "Joan of Arc" because it was a stupid question and it was the first thing I thought of."]] Also worth nothing that Page and the script writer had vastly different opinions of Hayley.
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[[caption-width:350: Is she trapped... or is she bait?]]
->''Strangers shouldn't talk to little girls.''

A 2005 psychological thriller/ExploitationFilm featuring Patrick Wilson and EllenPage as a 32-year old photographer named Jeff Kohlver and the precocious 14-year-old Hayley Stark. They meet at a cafe after chatting online, and agree to go to Jeff's secluded house to have a little fun, where Hayley mixes the drinks and strips for a photo session. It seems that Jeff has the advantage, when he passes out and comes to, he is tied to a chair and being investigated by a not-so-innocent teenage girl. What follows is a series of arguments, cat-and-mouse games and psychological torture sessions, culminating in a tense rooftop encounter.

The film is interesting, due to its controversial nature and [[GreyAndGrayMorality unsympathetic and hard-to-categorize lead characters.]]

Not to be confused with the Music/CountingCrows album, the title track of that album, or even the other album of the same name by Music/{{Madonna}}. Or actual hard candy.

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!!This film provides examples of:
* AbuseIsOkayWhenItsFemaleOnMale: Played straight as Hayley, a fourteen year old girl, is torturing Jeff as punishment for supposedly being a 32-year-old male predator ([[spoiler:Jeff IS a predator, but it is not made absolutely clear in the movie, so viewers will abide by this trope at first]]), then [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]] as Hayley crosses the MoralEventHorizon, and then [[ReconstructedTrope reconstructed]] as Jeff's deeds get increasingly violent as well as Hayley uncovering more evidence that Jeff is a predator.
* TheAce - What Hayley appears to be on the surface - she is highly intelligent, reading books way outside of her maturity level, cute, witty, and seemingly comes from a great family.
* AloneWithThePsycho - Played with as the roles of "psycho" and "victim" switch several times between Hayley and Jeff from the second act onwards.
* AssholeVictim: If a child used a shotgun to blow the head off a child molestor, would anyone think less of her for it?
* AxCrazy - [[spoiler: Jeff himself in the final act, as he flips out and starts threatening Hailey with a knife after repeatedly stabbing a photograph of a girl.]]
* {{Bifauxnen}}: Hayley looks more like a cute little boy than a FilleFatale. This makes sense, considering the [[EllenPage actress]].
* BillingDisplacement - See that cool, stylized poster up there? It's been replaced by [[FloatingHeadSyndrome bland face shots]] of Hayley and Jeff now that Ellen Page and Patrick Wilson are stars.
* ChekhovsGun - [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Played straight]] with the gun that Hayley finds while searching for Jeff's PornStash. Also, the missing: Donna Mauer poster at Nighthawks.
* DateMyAvatar: Goes both ways. We have this charming guy and this sweet young girl, and they have so much in common. But they are both faking it. They are really predators, trying to lure each other into a trap.
* DawsonCasting - Ellen Page was 17 when she played the 14-year-old Hayley. This is disputable since the only way we find out Hayley's age is when she tells us, and she's not the most trustworthy type - it's entirely possible that she's older than fourteen.
* DeadlyBath - Defied, in its 'girl goes to take a shower with the psycho in the house' variation. When the man holding the knife bursts into the bathroom and pulls back the shower curtain, [[spoiler:he finds it empty. Then the girl leaps out from behind him holding a stungun.]]
* DigitalPiracyIsEvil - When Jeff and Hayley first meet and he offers to send her bootleg [=MP3s=]:
-->'''Hayley:''' You have the concert?!\\
'''Jeff:''' Just one song. And a little louder, please, so the authorities know!
* DirtyOldMan - Jeff has the typical perverted personality but he is legitimately charming and physically attractive and only about thirty.
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Mixed with assisted suicide, with weird MercyKill overtones.]] Yeah, it's that kind of thing.
* TheEndingChangesEverything: The events we saw more or less happened as we saw them, but its strongly implied that much of the backstory we've been given has been falsified.
* EvilPlan: Unusual in that there are two; Jeff and Hayley want to prey on each other but in different manners.
* EvilVersusEvil: We have a pyscho predator and a equally pyscho child duking it out.
* ExploitationFilm- accused of being an exploitation film, exploiting the PaedoHunt Hysteria.
* FilmNoir - It could be seen as a twisted neo-Noir, with its dark, bleak subject matter, its claustrophobic setting, and its grim protagonists. Hayley could be viewed as the AntiHero, the FemmeFatale and the PrivateDetective all in one, and Jeff could be seen as an AntiHero who is destroyed by becoming entangled with the FemmeFatale.
* {{Foreshadowing}} -
** [[spoiler: "She slept with all the wrong people and ended up killing herself."]]
** And not long after that, [[spoiler:"Four out of five doctors agree that I am actually insane."]]
** [[spoiler: There is a clear shot of a missing person notice about Donna Mauer on the wall at the cafe.]]
* GenreSavvy - While it's not explicit, both seem to know enough about psychological thriller tropes to avoid them. Hayley easily brushes off a HannibalLecture, has comebacks for Jeff's other [[BreakingSpeech speeches]], brushes aside his possible FreudianExcuse and anticipates and reverses the CandlelitBath moment as mentioned above.
* GoryDiscretionShot - We are never shown anything during the castration scene. [[spoiler:There was no castration, she was bluffing.]]
* GroinAttack: Easily one of the most horrible groin assaults in cinema. [[spoiler:It's also didn't happen.]]
* HannibalLecture: Is just one of the many {{Breaking Speech}}es thrown back and forth.
* HeyItsThatGuy: {{Juno}} / [[{{Inception}} Ariadne]] and [[ThePhantomOfTheOpera Raoul]] / [[{{Film/Watchmen}} Nite Owl II]]. In the same movie.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard or KarmicDeath, from a certain point of view.
* ILied: ''"...Or not."''
* IAmNotLeftHanded: [[spoiler: At the final climax of the film, Hayley reveals that she's been toying with Jeff from the very beginning and has known exactly what he is and what he's done from before he even talked to her]]
* IconicOutfit: Hayley's [[LittleRedFightingHood red hoodie]], even though she spends most of the film in her black tank top.
* InsufferableGenius: Hayley is an honor student and you'd better remember it.
* JitterCam: In one of the most violent uses ever in film, and this was before Cloverfield.
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Obviously Hayley herself at the end.]]
* LittleDeadRidingHood - Hayley's iconic garment is a red hoodie that matches the Little Red Riding Hood vibe of the first part of the movie. This symbolism is the result of a lucky coincidence, however, as the hoodie was actually orange and only turned red in color correction. The film makers swear up and down [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic this was not meant to be symbolic]].
* LittleRedFightingHood: It's wolf vs. wolf really but one of them wears red.
* LittleMissBadass - Hayley Stark is a particularly frightening example. She could also be categorized as a BadAss FilleFatale, a SociopathicHero, an AxCrazy PsychoForHire, TheHunter, a DarkActionGirl, a KnightTemplar, or even a MagnificentBastard. [[spoiler: At one point, Hayley takes down a gun-toting Jeff with a roll of cellophane. Cellophane, people!]] Ellen Page is ''terrifying.''
* MindRape - This is Hayley's main tactic, using subversive psychological warfare to break her targets and drive them to suicide.
* NighthawksShot: The Nighthawks and a T-Shirt. An homage to the painting.
* NosyNeighbor - Judy Takuda, Sandra Oh's character, is the only character other than Jeff and Hailey to have any impact - she pops in at one point to ask about Jeff, nearly driving Hailey's carefully calculated plan off the rails.
* NotSoDifferent- both main characters are vile, violent people.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: What does a child do when she finds a predator and has the means to punish him? Castration of course! [[spoiler: It doesn't happen but she still does horrible things to him.]]
* PedoHunt: This Red Riding Hood is hunting for wolves instead of going to grandma's house.
* PornStash: Haley finds one and a shotgun in the process.
* RippedFromTheHeadlines - It's been said the story was inspired by gangs of young Japanese girls that have cropped up in recent years. They lure in [[LoliCon certain kinds of men]] by playing the part of "innocent-yet-naughty" schoolgirls, and once they have him alone, they beat, rob, and blackmail him.
* SceneryPorn - The director had previously done music videos. The production looks absolutely sumptuous, even though the production was made on a shoestring- exactly the state of most music videos.
* SerialKiller -
** [[spoiler: By the end of the film, Hayley has a body count of at least two men. It's strongly implied that these are not her first.]]
** [[spoiler: Jeff and his friend are heavily implied to have raped and killed the underage girl Hayley mentions. Implied being used loosely, because while Jeff denies it at first, he eventually says that it was all his friend's idea, to which Hayley replies that was the same defense the other man used after she confronted him.]]
* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish - The combination to Jeff's safe consists of a significant date that is also part of his IM nickname and the date of his most (emotionally) important photo shoot, written on the back of his prints of said shoot. Downplayed in that the full date/combination isn't written down so Hayley has to do some educated guesswork and trial and error to discover it.
* VigilanteMan - Hayley hunts padeo. [[spoiler: That's her justification for picking the victims she does]].
* VillainProtagonist - Both Jeff and Hayley are vicious people and share the story.
* ToThePain: Hayley clearly just wants to torture him as much as she possibly can [[spoiler:and ''then'' kill him]]
* WhamLine: [[spoiler:"Aaron told me you did it before he killed himself."]]
* WordOfGod - Breaks the ambiguity to some degree, while enhancing the MisaimedFandom aspects. At one point, the filmmakers as much as said that both characters are [[spoiler: villain protagonists. Jeff is a pedophile, child molester, and possible murderer; Hayley is a fledgling serial killer. Both of them are intended to be more or less equally sympathetic and repugnant; neither are remotely heroic.]]
* WordOfSaintPaul: In an interview, Ellen Page confirms that she played the character as a 14 year old on [[KnightTemplar what she believes is a righteous crusade]], lashing out because of her anger at uncaught pedophiles. In fact, she refused the line "Maybe not even fourteen" because she believed it went against the character she had built through her performance. She also commented on how cruel her character is. [[spoiler:Hayley clearly enjoys everything she does to Jeff, making her a sadist either way.]] Page has also discredited her comparing Hayley to Joan of Arc, saying [[http://www.dreadcentral.com/interviews/page-ellen-hard-candy "I said "Joan of Arc" because it was a stupid question and it was the first thing I thought of."]] Also worth nothing that Page and the script writer had vastly different opinions of Hayley.
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25th May '13 5:59:07 PM MatthewTheRaven
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%%* TheAce - What Hayley appears to be on the surface.

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%%* * TheAce - What Hayley appears to be on the surface.surface - she is highly intelligent, reading books way outside of her maturity level, cute, witty, and seemingly comes from a great family.



%%* AxCrazy - [[spoiler: Jeff himself]] in the final act.

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%%* * AxCrazy - [[spoiler: Jeff himself]] himself in the final act.act, as he flips out and starts threatening Hailey with a knife after repeatedly stabbing a photograph of a girl.]]



%%* ExploitationFilm

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%%* ExploitationFilm* ExploitationFilm- accused of being an exploitation film, exploiting the PaedoHunt Hysteria.



%%* {{Masquerade}}
%%* MindRape - This is Hayley's main tactic.

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%%* {{Masquerade}}
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* MindRape - This is Hayley's main tactic.tactic, using subversive psychological warfare to break her targets and drive them to suicide.



%%* NosyNeighbor
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* NosyNeighbor - Judy Takuda, Sandra Oh's character, is the only character other than Jeff and Hailey to have any impact - she pops in at one point to ask about Jeff, nearly driving Hailey's carefully calculated plan off the rails.
* NotSoDifferent- both main characters are vile, violent people.
25th May '13 12:54:44 PM Artican
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* PayEvilUntoEvil: What does a child do when she finds a predator and has the means to punish him? Castration of course! [[spoile: It doesn't happen but she still does horrible things to him.]]

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* PayEvilUntoEvil: What does a child do when she finds a predator and has the means to punish him? Castration of course! [[spoile: [[spoiler: It doesn't happen but she still does horrible things to him.]]
20th May '13 2:17:52 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* TheAce - What Hayley appears to be on the surface.

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* %%* TheAce - What Hayley appears to be on the surface.



* AssholeVictim
* AxCrazy - [[spoiler: Jeff himself]] in the final act.
* {{Bifauxnen}}: Hayley, who looks more like a cute little boy than a FilleFatale. Which makes sense, considering the [[EllenPage actress]].

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* AssholeVictim
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AssholeVictim: If a child used a shotgun to blow the head off a child molestor, would anyone think less of her for it?
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AxCrazy - [[spoiler: Jeff himself]] in the final act.
* {{Bifauxnen}}: Hayley, who Hayley looks more like a cute little boy than a FilleFatale. Which This makes sense, considering the [[EllenPage actress]].



* DawsonCasting - Ellen Page was 17 when she played the 14-year-old Hayley. This is disputable, however, since the only way we find out Hayley's age is when she tells us, and she's not exactly the most trustworthy type - it's entirely possible that she's older than fourteen.
* DeadlyBath - Subverted, in its 'girl goes to take a shower with the psycho in the house' variation. When the man holding the knife bursts into the bathroom and pulls back the shower curtain, [[spoiler:he finds it empty. Then the girl leaps out from behind him holding a stungun.]]

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* DawsonCasting - Ellen Page was 17 when she played the 14-year-old Hayley. This is disputable, however, disputable since the only way we find out Hayley's age is when she tells us, and she's not exactly the most trustworthy type - it's entirely possible that she's older than fourteen.
* DeadlyBath - Subverted, Defied, in its 'girl goes to take a shower with the psycho in the house' variation. When the man holding the knife bursts into the bathroom and pulls back the shower curtain, [[spoiler:he finds it empty. Then the girl leaps out from behind him holding a stungun.]]



* DirtyOldMan - Though he is legitimately charming and physically attractive. And only about thirty.

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* DirtyOldMan - Though Jeff has the typical perverted personality but he is legitimately charming and physically attractive. And attractive and only about thirty.



* TheEndingChangesEverything: To a degree. The events we saw more or less happened as we saw them, but its strongly implied that much of the backstory we've been given has been falsified.
* EvilPlan: Unusual in that there are two.
* EvilVersusEvil
* ExploitationFilm

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* TheEndingChangesEverything: To a degree. The events we saw more or less happened as we saw them, but its strongly implied that much of the backstory we've been given has been falsified.
* EvilPlan: Unusual in that there are two.
two; Jeff and Hayley want to prey on each other but in different manners.
* EvilVersusEvil
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EvilVersusEvil: We have a pyscho predator and a equally pyscho child duking it out.
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ExploitationFilm



* {{Foreshadowing}} - [[spoiler: "She slept with all the wrong people and ended up killing herself."]]

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* {{Foreshadowing}} - [[spoiler: -
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"She slept with all the wrong people and ended up killing herself."]]



* GenreSavvy - While it's not explicit, both seem to know enough about psychological thriller tropes to avoid them. Hayley easily brushes off a HannibalLecture.
** Hayley also has comebacks for Jeff's other [[BreakingSpeech speeches]], brushes aside his possible FreudianExcuse and anticipates and reverses the CandlelitBath moment as mentioned above.
* GoryDiscretionShot - We are never shown anything during the castration scene.
** That would have ruined the surprise. [[spoiler:There was no castration, she was bluffing him.]]
* GroinAttack: Easily one of the most horrible groin assaults in cinema. [[spoiler:It's also a subversion.]]

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* GenreSavvy - While it's not explicit, both seem to know enough about psychological thriller tropes to avoid them. Hayley easily brushes off a HannibalLecture.
** Hayley also
HannibalLecture, has comebacks for Jeff's other [[BreakingSpeech speeches]], brushes aside his possible FreudianExcuse and anticipates and reverses the CandlelitBath moment as mentioned above.
* GoryDiscretionShot - We are never shown anything during the castration scene.
** That would have ruined the surprise.
scene. [[spoiler:There was no castration, she was bluffing him.bluffing.]]
* GroinAttack: Easily one of the most horrible groin assaults in cinema. [[spoiler:It's also a subversion.didn't happen.]]



* JitterCam: In probably one of the most violent uses ever in film, and this was before Cloverfield.

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* JitterCam: In probably one of the most violent uses ever in film, and this was before Cloverfield.



* LittleRedFightingHood: It's wolf v. wolf here, really.

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* LittleRedFightingHood: It's wolf v. vs. wolf here, really.really but one of them wears red.



* {{Masquerade}}
* MindRape - This is Hayley's main tactic.

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* %%* {{Masquerade}}
* %%* MindRape - This is Hayley's main tactic.



* NosyNeighbor
* NotSoDifferent
* PayEvilUntoEvil
* PedoHunt
* PornStash

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* %%* NosyNeighbor
* %%* NotSoDifferent
* PayEvilUntoEvil
PayEvilUntoEvil: What does a child do when she finds a predator and has the means to punish him? Castration of course! [[spoile: It doesn't happen but she still does horrible things to him.]]
* PedoHunt
PedoHunt: This Red Riding Hood is hunting for wolves instead of going to grandma's house.
* PornStashPornStash: Haley finds one and a shotgun in the process.



* SerialKiller - [[spoiler: By the end of the film, Hayley has a body count of at least two men. It's strongly implied that these are not her first.]]
** [[spoiler: Well, lets also not forget that Jeff and his friend are heavily implied to have raped and killed the underage girl Hayley mentions. Implied being used loosely, because while Jeff denies it at first, he eventually says that it was all his friend's idea, to which Hayley replies that was the same defense the other man used after she confronted him.]]
* ShootTheShaggyDog - Possibly. We learn nothing really about the character's lives and there isn't much of a moral to draw from any of the proceedings.
** We never get a definite answer as to whether or not [[spoiler: Jeff killed Donna Mauer]].
* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish - The combination to Jeff's safe consists of a significant date that is also part of his IM nickname and the date of his most (emotionally) important photo shoot, written on the back of his prints of said shoot.
** Partially subverted in that the full date/combination isn't written down, Hayley has to do some educated guesswork and trial and error to discover it.
* VigilanteMan - Hayley tries to be something like this- or, at least, [[spoiler: that's her justification for picking the victims she does]].
* VillainProtagonist - Both Jeff and Hayley. Possibly.

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* SerialKiller - [[spoiler: -
**[[spoiler:
By the end of the film, Hayley has a body count of at least two men. It's strongly implied that these are not her first.]]
** [[spoiler: Well, lets also not forget that Jeff and his friend are heavily implied to have raped and killed the underage girl Hayley mentions. Implied being used loosely, because while Jeff denies it at first, he eventually says that it was all his friend's idea, to which Hayley replies that was the same defense the other man used after she confronted him.]]
* ShootTheShaggyDog - Possibly. We learn nothing really about the character's lives and there isn't much of a moral to draw from any of the proceedings.
** We never get a definite answer as to whether or not [[spoiler: Jeff killed Donna Mauer]].
* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish - The combination to Jeff's safe consists of a significant date that is also part of his IM nickname and the date of his most (emotionally) important photo shoot, written on the back of his prints of said shoot.
** Partially subverted
shoot. Downplayed in that the full date/combination isn't written down, down so Hayley has to do some educated guesswork and trial and error to discover it.
* VigilanteMan - Hayley tries to be something like this- or, at least, hunts padeo. [[spoiler: that's That's her justification for picking the victims she does]].
* VillainProtagonist - Both Jeff and Hayley. Possibly.Hayley are vicious people and share the story.



* WordOfGod - Breaks the ambiguity to some degree, while enhancing the MisaimedFandom aspects. At one point, the filmmakers as much as said that both characters are [[spoiler: villain protagonists. Jeff is a pedophile, child molester, and possible murderer; and Hayley is a fledgling serial killer. Both of them are intended to be more or less equally sympathetic and repugnant; neither are even remotely heroic.]]
* WordOfSaintPaul: In an interview, Ellen Page confirms that she played the character as a 14 year old on [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge what she believes is a righteous crusade]], lashing out because of her anger at uncaught pedophiles, even comparing her to [[JoanOfArchetype Joan of Arc]]. In fact, she refused the line "Maybe not even fourteen" because she believed it went against the character she had built through her performance.
** Page does, however, comment on how cruel her character is, and by no means paints her as a good person. [[spoiler:Hayley still clearly enjoys everything she does to Jeff, making her a sadist either way.]] Page has also discredited her comparing Hayley to Joan of Arc, saying [[http://www.dreadcentral.com/interviews/page-ellen-hard-candy "I said "Joan of Arc" because it was a stupid question and it was the first thing I thought of."]] Also worth nothing that Page and the script writer had vastly different opinions of Hayley, so her characterization still remains ambiguous.

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* WordOfGod - Breaks the ambiguity to some degree, while enhancing the MisaimedFandom aspects. At one point, the filmmakers as much as said that both characters are [[spoiler: villain protagonists. Jeff is a pedophile, child molester, and possible murderer; and Hayley is a fledgling serial killer. Both of them are intended to be more or less equally sympathetic and repugnant; neither are even remotely heroic.]]
* WordOfSaintPaul: In an interview, Ellen Page confirms that she played the character as a 14 year old on [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge [[KnightTemplar what she believes is a righteous crusade]], lashing out because of her anger at uncaught pedophiles, even comparing her to [[JoanOfArchetype Joan of Arc]]. pedophiles. In fact, she refused the line "Maybe not even fourteen" because she believed it went against the character she had built through her performance.
** Page does, however, comment
performance. She also commented on how cruel her character is, and by no means paints her as a good person. is. [[spoiler:Hayley still clearly enjoys everything she does to Jeff, making her a sadist either way.]] Page has also discredited her comparing Hayley to Joan of Arc, saying [[http://www.dreadcentral.com/interviews/page-ellen-hard-candy "I said "Joan of Arc" because it was a stupid question and it was the first thing I thought of."]] Also worth nothing that Page and the script writer had vastly different opinions of Hayley, so her characterization still remains ambiguous.Hayley.
12th May '13 1:08:00 PM MikuruFan
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* DawsonCasting - Ellen Page was 17 when she played the 14-year-old Hayley. This is disputable, however, since the only way we find out Hayley's age is when she tells us, and she's not exactly the most trustworthy type - it's entirely possible that she's older than fourteen.
* CandlelitBath - Subverted, in its 'girl goes to take a shower with the psycho in the house' variation. When the man holding the knife bursts into the bathroom and pulls back the shower curtain, [[spoiler:he finds it empty. Then the girl leaps out from behind him holding a stungun.]]
* DigitalPiracyIsEvil - When Jeff and Hayley first meet and he offers to send her bootleg [=MP3s=]:

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* * DawsonCasting - Ellen Page was 17 when she played the 14-year-old Hayley. This is disputable, however, since the only way we find out Hayley's age is when she tells us, and she's not exactly the most trustworthy type - it's entirely possible that she's older than fourteen.
* CandlelitBath DeadlyBath - Subverted, in its 'girl goes to take a shower with the psycho in the house' variation. When the man holding the knife bursts into the bathroom and pulls back the shower curtain, [[spoiler:he finds it empty. Then the girl leaps out from behind him holding a stungun.]]
* * DigitalPiracyIsEvil - When Jeff and Hayley first meet and he offers to send her bootleg [=MP3s=]:
2nd May '13 6:43:14 AM Catbert
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* HopperShot: The Nighthawks and a T-Shirt. An homage to the painting.


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* NighthawksShot: The Nighthawks and a T-Shirt. An homage to the painting.
11th Apr '13 8:42:16 AM Mdumas43073
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Not to be confused with the Counting Crows album, the title track of that album or even the other album of the same name by {{Madonna}}. Or actual hard candy.

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Not to be confused with the Counting Crows Music/CountingCrows album, the title track of that album album, or even the other album of the same name by {{Madonna}}.Music/{{Madonna}}. Or actual hard candy.
29th Mar '13 12:51:54 PM Belucre
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* WordOfSaintPaul: In an interview, Ellen Page confirms that she played the character as a 14 year old on [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge what she believes is righteous crusade]], lashing out because of her anger at uncaught pedophiles, even comparing her to [[JoanOfArchetype Joan of Arc]]. In fact, she refused the line "Maybe not even fourteen" because she believed it went against the character she had built through her performance.

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* WordOfSaintPaul: In an interview, Ellen Page confirms that she played the character as a 14 year old on [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge what she believes is a righteous crusade]], lashing out because of her anger at uncaught pedophiles, even comparing her to [[JoanOfArchetype Joan of Arc]]. In fact, she refused the line "Maybe not even fourteen" because she believed it went against the character she had built through her performance.
29th Mar '13 12:51:05 PM Belucre
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* WordOfSaintPaul: In an interview, Ellen Page confirms that she played the character as a 14 year old on what she believes is righteous crusade, lashing out because of her anger at uncaught pedophiles, even comparing her to [[JoanOfArchetype Joan of Arc]]. In fact, she refused the line "Maybe not even fourteen" because she believed it went against the character she had built through her performance.

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* WordOfSaintPaul: In an interview, Ellen Page confirms that she played the character as a 14 year old on [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge what she believes is righteous crusade, crusade]], lashing out because of her anger at uncaught pedophiles, even comparing her to [[JoanOfArchetype Joan of Arc]]. In fact, she refused the line "Maybe not even fourteen" because she believed it went against the character she had built through her performance.
29th Mar '13 9:19:53 AM Belucre
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* WordOfSaintPaul: In an interview, Ellen Page confirms that she played the character as a 14 year old on what she believes is righteous crusade, lashing out because of her anger at uncaught pedophiles, rather than just a sadistic psychopath on the prey for acceptable targets, even comparing her to [[JoanOfArchetype Joan of Arc]]. In fact, she refused the line "Maybe not even fourteen" because she believed it went against the character she had built through her performance.

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* WordOfSaintPaul: In an interview, Ellen Page confirms that she played the character as a 14 year old on what she believes is righteous crusade, lashing out because of her anger at uncaught pedophiles, rather than just a sadistic psychopath on the prey for acceptable targets, even comparing her to [[JoanOfArchetype Joan of Arc]]. In fact, she refused the line "Maybe not even fourteen" because she believed it went against the character she had built through her performance.
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