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  • Complete Monster: We have The Sociopath and Sadist Malevolent Masked Man Machine. Machine takes part in snuff films to feed his depraved appetites and he is the one who rapes and murders an innocent woman on camera. When the tape is investigated, Machine is willing to kill more people, and commit more rapes on camera. When he attempts to murder the hero, he even gleefully whispers while strangling him how hard he's getting from the violence. Machine has no Freudian Excuse or reasoning for his action and he serves to show how a monster can come in the most innocuous of guises, particularly when you see under the mask Machine is a bald, chubby, harmless looking man named George who asks "were you expecting a monster?"
  • Creepy Awesome: According to many people, Dino Velvet.
    • For others, Machine.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Warren, despite being a very minor character, has become very popular with fans, mainly because he's played by Norman Reedus.
  • He Really Can Act: When Tom Welles is angrily asking Why Mr. Christian would pay to have such a horrendous piece of film made. This isn't funny Large Ham Cage, here his rage is realistic, vicious and broken. After seeing films like Deadfall, Face/Off, and Vampire's Kiss, this scene right here makes you realize "Damn, Cage has chops!"
  • Memetic Mutation: The scene where Welles watches the snuff film has been used in some hilarious YouTube videos where Nic Cage watches his own scenes, mostly from The Wicker Man (2006).
  • Moral Event Horizon: While The Machine did it simply because he wanted to is bad enough, but let's not get the other villains off the hook either.
    • Mr. Christian crossed it by having the snuff film made simply because he has the money to do so.
    • Eddie Poole crossed it by attracting the victim to her death..
    • Dino Velvet for creating the film.
    • Daniel Longdale crossed it by accepting the money to have the snuff film made.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Snuff movies, bondage gores, sadistic killers...
  • What An Idiot: A rather minor but notable example. While Tom's clearly not in his right mind when he's with his family after they left their old home in case they got any nasty surprises from Dino's men, Amy has had enough of his recent disturbing behavior and has outright threatened to leave him, taking Cindy with her. It never seems to cross Tom's mind that if he'd just tell her what went down, maybe just maybe she might be a bit more understanding as to why he's acting the way he is.