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* DiesDifferentlyInAdaptation: [[spoiler:Cora Hallet. In the book, she suffocates when Rynn floods the basement with gas. In the film she accidentally knocks the bar holding the cellar door open loose, causing the cellar door to fall and give her a fatal head injury.]]


* BadPeopleAbuseAnimals: Frank burns Rynn's pet hamster Gordon to death with a cigarette while trying to extract information from her about her father's whereabouts, then throws the carcass into the fire, saying "The son of a bitch bit me."

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* BadPeopleAbuseAnimals: Frank burns Rynn's pet hamster Gordon to death with a cigarette while trying to extract information from her about her father's whereabouts, then kills it and throws the carcass into the fire, saying "The son of a bitch bit me."


* {{Foreshadowing}}: During Rynn and Hallet's first scene together, he slaps her on the bottom when her back's turned. When she wheels on him, very obviously angry, he tries to laugh it off saying "It's your birthday, I have to spank you!" [[spoiler: When Mario casually reveals to Rynn that Hallet is a pedophile, it's no surprise to the reader/watcher]]

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: During Rynn and Hallet's first scene together, he slaps her on the bottom when her back's turned. When she wheels on him, very obviously angry, he tries to laugh it off saying "It's your birthday, I have to spank you!" [[spoiler: When Mario casually reveals to Rynn that Hallet is a pedophile, it's no surprise to the reader/watcher]]reader/watcher.]]


* GenreSavvy: [[spoiler:Rynn is smart enough to subvert the PoisonedChaliceSwitcheroo, putting the potassium cyanide in her own tea and thus making sure that when the cups are switched her target drinks the poison instead of her.]] Either that or [[spoiler: [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation she's decided she'd rather kill herself than submit to being raped]] and Frank Hallet is undone by being WrongGenreSavvy]].


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* GenreSavvy: [[spoiler:Rynn is smart enough to subvert the PoisonedChaliceSwitcheroo, putting the potassium cyanide in her own tea and thus making sure that when the cups are switched her target drinks the poison instead of her.]] Either that or [[spoiler: [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation she's decided she'd rather kill herself than submit to being raped]] and Frank Hallet is undone by being WrongGenreSavvy]].


* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Frank Hallet sneeringly addresses Mario as a “wop” at one point, while Cora makes some subtler but still unmistakable anti-Semitic comments to Rynn.

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* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Frank Hallet sneeringly addresses Mario as a “wop” at one point, while Cora makes some subtler but still unmistakable anti-Semitic antisemitic comments to Rynn.



* WhiteAngloSaxonProtestant: The Hallets, with Cora Hallet in particular being an overbearingly bossy, snobby, anti-Semitic RichBitch example. This also feeds into why Frank has been able to get away with being a child molester; he and his mother are accustomed to the town, including its police, deferring to their money and social position.

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* WhiteAngloSaxonProtestant: The Hallets, with Cora Hallet in particular being an overbearingly bossy, snobby, anti-Semitic antisemitic RichBitch example. This also feeds into why Frank has been able to get away with being a child molester; he and his mother are accustomed to the town, including its police, deferring to their money and social position.


* BitterAlmonds: The potassium cyanide Rynn uses to kill; it's commented during the film that it smells and tastes just like almond, which she disguises by serving almond cookies alongside the cyanide-laced tea.

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* BitterAlmonds: The potassium cyanide Rynn [[spoiler:Rynn uses to kill; it's commented during the film that it smells and tastes just like almond, almonds, which she disguises by serving almond cookies alongside the cyanide-laced tea.]]


* AccidentalMurder: [[spoiler: Throughout the film, Rynn never actually kills anyone. Her father committed suicide; she poisoned her mother by mistake (after being told by her father that the potassium cyanide was a "sleeping powder"); Cora dies by misadventure through no fault of Rynn's. Even Frank Hallet's murder at the end might not have been intentional: it's unclear if Rynn meant to drink the poisoned tea herself or if she knew Frank would demand to switch cups with her. If Rynn intended to kill herself, then her only real crime is not trying to stop him--and it could even be argued that if she told him about the poison, he might have done something worse to her out of anger. Given that he's already killed her hamster as an interrogation and intimidation technique, and fully intends to exploit his mother's death in order to make Rynn his sex slave, it's a reasonable assumption.]]

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* AccidentalMurder: [[spoiler: Throughout the film, Rynn never actually kills anyone. Her father committed suicide; she poisoned her mother by mistake (after being told by her father that the potassium cyanide was a "sleeping powder"); Cora dies by misadventure through no fault of Rynn's. Even Frank Hallet's murder at the end might not have been intentional: it's unclear if Rynn meant to drink the poisoned tea herself or if she knew Frank would demand to switch cups with her. If Rynn intended to kill herself, then her only real crime is not trying to stop him--and it could even be argued that if she told him about the poison, he might have done something worse to her out of anger. ]]
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Given that he's already killed [[spoiler:killed her hamster as an interrogation and intimidation technique, and fully intends to exploit his mother's death in order to make Rynn his sex slave, slave,]] it's a reasonable assumption.]]


* AccidentalMurder: [[spoiler: Throughout the film, Rynn never actually kills anyone. Her father committed suicide; she poisoned her mother by mistake (after being told by her father that the potassium cyanide was a "sleeping powder"); Cora dies by misadventure through no fault of Rynn's. Even Frank Hallet's murder at the end might not have been intentional: it's unclear if Rynn meant to drink the poisoned tea herself or if she knew Frank would demand to switch cups with her. If Rynn intended to kill herself, then her only real crime is not trying to stop him--and it could even be argued that if she told him about the poison, he might have done something worse to her out of anger. Given that he fully intends to exploit his mother's death in order to make Rynn his sex slave, it's a reasonable assumption.]]

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* AccidentalMurder: [[spoiler: Throughout the film, Rynn never actually kills anyone. Her father committed suicide; she poisoned her mother by mistake (after being told by her father that the potassium cyanide was a "sleeping powder"); Cora dies by misadventure through no fault of Rynn's. Even Frank Hallet's murder at the end might not have been intentional: it's unclear if Rynn meant to drink the poisoned tea herself or if she knew Frank would demand to switch cups with her. If Rynn intended to kill herself, then her only real crime is not trying to stop him--and it could even be argued that if she told him about the poison, he might have done something worse to her out of anger. Given that he he's already killed her hamster as an interrogation and intimidation technique, and fully intends to exploit his mother's death in order to make Rynn his sex slave, it's a reasonable assumption.]]



** When Mario [[spoiler: digs the grave and buries the bodies of Rynn's mother and Cora Hallet]], they have to do it during the weekly football game, since it's the only time they're guaranteed to have no witnesses. It starts pouring down with rain, but Mario has to keep going. Rynn sets up a hot bath for him, and he's already sneezing. He mentions having 'this damn cold' [[spoiler: after he poses as Lester Jacobs. He spends the last third of the movie [[PutOnABus in a hospital bed]] because it's developed into pneumonia]]

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** When Mario [[spoiler: digs the grave and buries the bodies of Rynn's mother and Cora Hallet]], they have to do it during the weekly football game, since it's the only time they're guaranteed to have no witnesses. It starts pouring down with rain, but Mario has to keep going. Rynn sets up a hot bath for him, and he's already sneezing. He mentions having 'this damn cold' [[spoiler: after he poses as Lester Jacobs. Jacobs]]. He spends the last third of the movie [[PutOnABus in a hospital bed]] because it's developed into pneumonia]]pneumonia.



* PutOnABus: In Officer Miglioriti's final scene, he tells Rynn he's accepted a job in another town (it's implied it's because he's fed up with the Hallet's and their ilk). And [[spoiler: Mario ends up sick and unconscious in a hospital bed during the final third of the movie, leaving Rynn alone and with no allies during her final confrontation with Frank.]]

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* PutOnABus: In Officer Miglioriti's final scene, he tells Rynn he's accepted a job in another town (it's implied it's because he's fed up with the Hallet's and their ilk). And [[spoiler: Mario ends up sick and unconscious in a hospital bed during the final third of the movie, leaving Rynn alone and with no allies during her final confrontation with Frank.]]



* SexualExtortion: What Frank Hallet intends to do to Rynn [[spoiler:in exchange for keeping quiet about her murders.]] Noticeably he [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty ramps up his touching and fondling of her]] once she apparently resigns herself to this.

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* SexualExtortion: What Frank Hallet intends to do to Rynn [[spoiler:in exchange for keeping quiet about her murders.]] Noticeably he [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty ramps up his touching and fondling of her]] once she apparently resigns herself to this. He also intends to keep it up for some time, talking about their forthcoming "long winter nights together".

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* HorrorDoesntSettleForSimpleTuesday: Averted. It ''is'' a horror movie, and it starts on Halloween, which is also Rynn's thirteenth birthday. But nothing horrific actually happens (on screen anyway) until some time later.


* AccidentalMurder: [[spoiler: Throughout the film, Rynn never actually kills anyone. Her father committed suicide; she poisoned her mother by mistake (after being told by her father that the potassium cyanide was a "sleeping powder"); Cora dies by misadventure through no fault of Rynn's. Even Frank Hallet's murder at the end might not have been intentional: it's unclear if Rynn meant to drink the poisoned tea herself or if she knew Frank would demand to switch cups with her. If Rynn intended to kill herself, then her only real crime is not trying to stop him--and it could even be argued that if she told him about the poison, he might have done something worse to her out of anger.]]

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* AccidentalMurder: [[spoiler: Throughout the film, Rynn never actually kills anyone. Her father committed suicide; she poisoned her mother by mistake (after being told by her father that the potassium cyanide was a "sleeping powder"); Cora dies by misadventure through no fault of Rynn's. Even Frank Hallet's murder at the end might not have been intentional: it's unclear if Rynn meant to drink the poisoned tea herself or if she knew Frank would demand to switch cups with her. If Rynn intended to kill herself, then her only real crime is not trying to stop him--and it could even be argued that if she told him about the poison, he might have done something worse to her out of anger. Given that he fully intends to exploit his mother's death in order to make Rynn his sex slave, it's a reasonable assumption.]]


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* {{Foreshadowing}}: During Rynn and Hallet's first scene together, he slaps her on the bottom when her back's turned. When she wheels on him, very obviously angry, he tries to laugh it off saying "It's your birthday, I have to spank you!" [[spoiler: When Mario casually reveals to Rynn that Hallet is a pedophile, it's no surprise to the reader/watcher]]
** When Mario [[spoiler: digs the grave and buries the bodies of Rynn's mother and Cora Hallet]], they have to do it during the weekly football game, since it's the only time they're guaranteed to have no witnesses. It starts pouring down with rain, but Mario has to keep going. Rynn sets up a hot bath for him, and he's already sneezing. He mentions having 'this damn cold' [[spoiler: after he poses as Lester Jacobs. He spends the last third of the movie [[PutOnABus in a hospital bed]] because it's developed into pneumonia]]


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* PutOnABus: In Officer Miglioriti's final scene, he tells Rynn he's accepted a job in another town (it's implied it's because he's fed up with the Hallet's and their ilk). And [[spoiler: Mario ends up sick and unconscious in a hospital bed during the final third of the movie, leaving Rynn alone and with no allies during her final confrontation with Frank.]]


* StarCrossedLovers: Rynn and Mario's relationship was really doomed from the word go, given that her lifestyle doesn't leave much room for any kind of normal relationship. [[spoiler: Though at the end of the movie, Mario's still in hospital with pneumonia, though it's clear he'll recover, and while Officer Miglioriti knows about him and Rynn, it's not clear if his parents do.]]{{Lampshaded}} by Mario when Rynn wonders if his parents knowing about them would be so terrible.
--> '''Mario''': They're gonna want to know everything about you! I'm not as good at lying as you.
* SuicideBySea: It's suggested that [[spoiler:Rynn's father killed himself this way.]]

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* StarCrossedLovers: Rynn and Mario's relationship was really doomed from the word go, given that her lifestyle doesn't leave much room for any kind of normal relationship. [[spoiler: Though at by the end of the movie, movie the state of their relationship is pretty much up in the air; Mario's still in hospital with pneumonia, though it's clear he'll recover, and while it's unknown whether Officer Miglioriti knows about him and Rynn. But Mario was raving in his fever about how much he loved Rynn, it's not clear if his parents do.]]{{Lampshaded}} and Rynn tells an unconscious Mario of her devotion.]] {{Lampshaded}} by Mario when Rynn wonders if his parents knowing about them would be so terrible.
--> '''Mario''': They're gonna want to know everything about you! I'm not as good at lying as you.
you are.
* SuicideBySea: It's suggested that [[spoiler:Rynn's father killed himself this way.way, so his body wouldn't be found.]]



* TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior: Rynn, yet again. [[spoiler: She commits murders both before and during the movie.]] In addition, adults dislike her preternatural self-assurance, which threatens their authority.

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* TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior: Rynn, yet again. [[spoiler: She commits murders both before and during the movie.]] In addition, adults dislike her preternatural self-assurance, which threatens their authority. [[spoiler: She also has sex with Mario at the tender age of thirteen, though it's clear in both the book and the movie Rynn's making a considered decision, because this is what she wants, rather than empty-headed lust or trying to manipulate Mario.]]


* MassiveNumberedSiblings: The reason for Mario's disability.
--> '''Mario''': I have so many brothers and sisters, my mom forget who did and who didn't have [polio vaccinations].



* StarCrossedLovers: Rynn and Mario's relationship was really doomed from the word go, given that her lifestyle doesn't leave much room for any kind of normal relationship. {{Lampshaded}} by Mario when Rynn wonders if his parents knowing about them would be so terrible.

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* StarCrossedLovers: Rynn and Mario's relationship was really doomed from the word go, given that her lifestyle doesn't leave much room for any kind of normal relationship. {{Lampshaded}} [[spoiler: Though at the end of the movie, Mario's still in hospital with pneumonia, though it's clear he'll recover, and while Officer Miglioriti knows about him and Rynn, it's not clear if his parents do.]]{{Lampshaded}} by Mario when Rynn wonders if his parents knowing about them would be so terrible.


* BadPeopleAbuseAnimals: Frank burns Rynn's pet hamster Gordon to death with a cigarette while trying to extract information from her about her father's whereabouts, then throws the carcass into the fire, saying "The son of a bitch bit me."



* KickTheDog: Frank burns Rynn's pet hamster Gordon to death with a cigarette while trying to extract information from her about her father's whereabouts, then throws the carcass into the fire, saying "The son of a bitch bit me."


* KickTheDog: Frank burns Rynn's pet hamster Gordon to death with a cigarette while trying to extract information from her about her father's whereabouts, then throws the carcass into the fireplace, saying "The son of a bitch bit me."

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* KickTheDog: Frank burns Rynn's pet hamster Gordon to death with a cigarette while trying to extract information from her about her father's whereabouts, then throws the carcass into the fireplace, fire, saying "The son of a bitch bit me."


* SignificantBirthDate: Averted; while Rynn's birthday happens to be on Halloween, it doesn't really end up having any relevance to the plot.

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* SignificantBirthDate: Averted; Played with, but averted; while Rynn's birthday happens to be on Halloween, it doesn't really end up having any relevance to the plot.

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