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* CriticProof: Despite being poorly received by critics - including Roger Ebert putting it on his 'Hated Movies' list (which includes things like ''Film/FreddyGotFingered'', ''{{Film/Caligula}}'' and ''{{Film/Catwoman}}'' lest you think he was being trigger happy) - it made over $240 million worldwide.

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* CriticProof: Despite being poorly received by critics - including Roger Ebert putting it on his 'Hated Movies' list (which includes things like ''Film/FreddyGotFingered'', ''{{Film/Caligula}}'' and ''{{Film/Catwoman}}'' ''Film/Catwoman2004'' lest you think he was being trigger happy) - it made over $240 million worldwide.


** Another good way to incorporate the twist is that [[spoiler:both the village and "Those We Don't Speak Of" are still real, and it's just that the people are still living like it's the 1800s because they've been isolated from the rest of the world since that time.]]

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** Another good way to incorporate the twist is that [[spoiler:both the village and "Those We Don't Speak Of" are still real, and it's just that the people are still living like it's the 1800s 19th century because they've they have been isolated from the rest of the world since that time.]]



** [[spoiler: Alternately, "Those We Don't Speak Of" get revealed and replaced by outside criminals, who'd love to have such a sanctuary.]]

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** [[spoiler: Alternately, "Those We Don't Speak Of" get revealed and replaced by outside criminals, who'd who would love to have such a sanctuary.]]


* ItWasHisSled: [[spoiler:The titular village is not an 1800s town but secretly set in the modern day. "Those We Don't Speak Of" are people in costume intended to keep up the masquerade.]]

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* ItWasHisSled: [[spoiler:The titular village is not an 1800s 19th century town but secretly set in the modern day. "Those We Don't Speak Of" are people in costume intended to keep up the masquerade.]]


* RetroactiveRecognition: Christop is [[Film/TheCabinInTheWoods Marty Mikalski]], Finton is [[Series/BoardwalkEmpire Jimmy Darmody]], Jamison is [[Film/TheSocialNetwork Mark Zuckerberg]], one of the boys who saw the monsters was [[Series/TheMiddle Axel Heck]], Kitty is [[Film/AntMan Maggie Lang]], of course, Ivy is [[Film/SpiderMan3 Gwen Stacy]].

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* RetroactiveRecognition: Christop is [[Film/TheCabinInTheWoods Marty Mikalski]], Finton is [[Series/BoardwalkEmpire Jimmy Darmody]], Jamison is [[Film/TheSocialNetwork Mark Zuckerberg]], one of the boys who saw the monsters was [[Series/TheMiddle Axel Heck]], Kitty is [[Film/AntMan [[Film/AntMan1 Maggie Lang]], of course, Ivy is [[Film/SpiderMan3 Gwen Stacy]].


** The creatures coming during the wedding. [[spoiler: The whole village was there, making it easy for one of the elders to do about their business without being seen]].

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** The creatures coming during the wedding. [[spoiler: The whole village was there, making it easy for one of the elders to do go about their business without being seen]].


*** Before the reveal, there's a scene where Ivy sees a picture of the village elders when they were younger. Astute viewers will notice the picture includes an inconspicuous [[spoiler: rear end of a car.]]

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*** Before the reveal, there's a scene where Ivy sees a picture of the village elders when they were younger. Astute viewers will notice the picture includes an inconspicuous [[spoiler: rear end of a car.]]


* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: Music/JamesNewtonHoward's Oscar-nominated violin-filled score is absolutely gorgeous. The first name in the end credits is that of Hilary Hahn, the featured violinist.



* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: Music/JamesNewtonHoward's Oscar-nominated violin-filled score is absolutely gorgeous. The first name in the end credits is that of Hilary Hahn, the featured violinist.

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*** That approach would have removed some important subtext. The film was a counterpoint to trends of the 1990s and early 2000s — gated communities, exaggerated fears around crime / terrorism, fear of outsiders and foreigners — topped with nostalgia for the “The Good Old Days.” The film suggests that violence is a part of human nature, not a problem you can solve by isolating your community or by returning to a fictional past.


* CriticProof: Despite being poorly received by critics - including Roger Ebert putting it on his 'Hated Movies' list (which includes things like ''Film/FreddyGotFingered'', ''{{Film/Caligula}}'' and ''{{Film/Catwoman}}'' lest you think he was being trigger happy) - it made over $240 million worldwide.



* EnsembleDarkhorse: Say what you will about the story, but Ivy was a cool character and Bryce Dallas Howard knocked it out of the park performance-wise. Most will agree that she is the best thing about it.
* EsotericHappyEnding: [[spoiler: Ivy returns with medicine for Lucius who will probably make a full recovery. But Ivy has just learned that she's been lied to her whole life. The Elders are going to cover up Noah's death to continue their lie. This is presented as happy or bittersweet, rather than horrifying.]]
** Also, [[spoiler: Ivy doesn't know that Noah is dead, let alone that she killed him. She may still believe she was accosted by an actual monster.]]

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* EnsembleDarkhorse: Say what you will about the story, but Ivy was a cool character and Bryce Dallas Howard knocked it out of the park performance-wise. Most will agree that she is the best thing about it.
* EsotericHappyEnding: [[spoiler: Ivy returns with medicine for Lucius who will probably make a full recovery. But Ivy has just learned that she's been lied to her whole life. The Elders are going to cover up Noah's death to continue their lie. This is presented as happy or bittersweet, rather than horrifying.]]
** Also, [[spoiler:
Ivy doesn't know that Noah is dead, let alone that she killed him. She may still believe she was accosted by an actual monster.]]



* JustHereForGodzilla: Bryce Dallas Howard's performance as Ivy is considered the best thing about the movie. Despite its reception among critics, they gave her nothing but praise.



* {{Tearjerker}}: Ivy's extra-long hug to Kitty at the wedding reception, after hearing Mrs. Clack tell the story of how her sister was murdered by three men in an alley.

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Ivy's extra-long hug to Kitty at the wedding reception, after hearing Mrs. Clack tell the story of how her sister was murdered by three men in an alley.alley.
** Noah being found with [[spoiler: Lucius's]] blood on his hands, crying out for his mother. It looks very much like [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone he can't comprehend what he's done]].


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* TookTheBadFilmSeriously: A talented cast - particularly Joaquin Phoenix and Bryce Dallas Howard - deliver pretty great performances in a film that becomes ludicrous once its twist is revealed.


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* TheWoobie: Both Noah and Ivy when you realise that their disabilities [[spoiler: are caused by their parents clinging to their way of life rather than get modern medicine for them]].


* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: James Newton Howard's Oscar-nominated violin-filled score is absolutely gorgeous. The first name in the end credits is that of Hilary Hahn, the featured violinist.

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* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: James Newton Howard's Music/JamesNewtonHoward's Oscar-nominated violin-filled score is absolutely gorgeous. The first name in the end credits is that of Hilary Hahn, the featured violinist.

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* {{Narm}}: The name "Those We Don't Speak Of" is perhaps just a little bit too long for the sinister monsters outside the town. It's obviously aiming for [[NothingIsScarier vaguely menacing]], but it just comes across as word salad.


** Also, Ivy doesn't know that Noah is dead, let alone that she killed him. She may still believe she was accosted by an actual monster.

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** Also, [[spoiler: Ivy doesn't know that Noah is dead, let alone that she killed him. She may still believe she was accosted by an actual monster.]]

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** Also, Ivy doesn't know that Noah is dead, let alone that she killed him. She may still believe she was accosted by an actual monster.


** The film's twist ending renders most of the suspense completely pointless, [[ShockingSwerve since it completely removes the supernatural elements]]. Arguably, it would have been far more interesting had [[spoiler: "Those We Don't Speak Of" [[YourMindMakesItReal become real as a result of the Villagers' belief]], which would have been more in tone with the rest of the film. Imagine the OhCrap moment if it instead ended with all of them slowly walking out of the forest, furious that the Villagers had broken the Truce?]]

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** The film's twist ending renders most of the suspense completely pointless, [[spoiler: [[ShockingSwerve since it completely removes the supernatural elements]]. elements]].]] Arguably, it would have been far more interesting had [[spoiler: "Those We Don't Speak Of" [[YourMindMakesItReal become real as a result of the Villagers' belief]], which would have been more in tone with the rest of the film. Imagine the OhCrap moment if it instead ended with all of them slowly walking out of the forest, furious that the Villagers had broken the Truce?]]



** Alternately, "Those We Don't Speak Of" get revealed and replaced by outside criminals, who'd love to have such a sanctuary.

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** [[spoiler: Alternately, "Those We Don't Speak Of" get revealed and replaced by outside criminals, who'd love to have such a sanctuary.]]

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