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  • Fridge Brilliance: Granted, this doesn't redeem the movie but having the movie bear a misleading title mirrors Dr. Krasker's theatricality and misdirection which, in the movie, is enough to bluff the murderer into a confession. It helps that he really does believe in his research. There's even some ambiguous dialog with the police about Krasker using his "unorthodox methods" to help them solve crimes in the past which, on second viewing, suggests that Krasker is willing to regularly take advantage of his reputation to long con criminals. It might even explain where he's getting the funding for his "research."
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  • Fridge Logic: Considering the fact that the murderer had A). the weakest alibi and B). the strongest motive, which the police had already discovered that he had lied about, there really was no point at all to the elaborate trap that Krasker came up with, since it seems pretty clear that they could have gotten the man with ordinary police methods. (However, one suspect had an equally flimsy alibi and did confess he found the victim but didn't report it, while a convicted sex offender had no alibi, so the actual murderer wasn't cut-and-dried.)
  • Fridge Logic: The religious nut, during interrogations, quotes John 3:8 as, "He that committeth sin is of the Devil, for the Devil sinneth from the beginning". Not only is this wildly wrong (it's "The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.", which vaguely fits the psychic part of the movie), but is only a few lines away from arguable the most famous verse in the New Testament, John 3:16. He (or the writers) seems to have confused it with 1 John, always spoken as First John to differentiate it. It may be an error, or show how scatterbrained or actually unlearned in the Bible the religious nut is.

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