The grandmother/aunt/old lady was part of the cult or was disposed of by the cult.
- The cult happens to show up after she discovers the boy had found the map, and is never seen again. Maybe she told the cult. Maybe the cult got her by telling her she had to work the night shift.
- Or perhaps she really was called into work and just didn't come home until after the cultists attacked the house. Troy's home is never revisited during the film, so it's possible she survived. Then again, this introduces a whole new element of Adult Fear to the movie. Troy's aunt has already lost her brother in suspicious circumstances, then she comes home after work to find the door chainsawed open, the house ransacked, and her young nephew missing. It's possible that while Troy was off adventuring with Rowsdower, his aunt was calling the police and frantically searching everywhere for him.
The whole movie is a stealth homage/parody of the first Star Wars movie.
Consider the following:
- Troy: whiny orphan raised by overbearing relative who doesn't want to talk about the past (Luke Skywalker).
- Zapp: Gruff, cynical, pragmatic former bad guy with a temperamental old vehicle, allegedly cooler than Troy (Han Solo).
- Mike Pipper: Grizzled old hermit who was a friend of Troy's father, knows ancient mystical secrets, and occasionally smokes a pipe (Obi-Wan Kenobi).
- Satoris: Dresses in black, speaks with an unnaturally deep voice, possesses vaguely-defined magical powers, leads an army of faceless ineffectual mooks (Darth Vader).
Rowsdower is actually related to Ricky from Trailer Park Boys.
- He lives in his truck.
- He seems to do nothing but drink and pass out for a living.
- He bears a physical resemblance to Ricky
- Ricky's last name is never used in the entire course of the series or the movies.
- Ricky Rowsdower.
Satoris' Hatred of Rowsdower stems from his being a "Half-blood", but not (solely) because it makes Rowsdower "inferior".
- As far as we know, only Rowsdower has ever been able to break away from Satoris' cult. We know he was drawn to the cult, and was somehow (likely psychically) connected to Satoris through the brand on his arm, though which Satoris could torment him.
- However, he refused Satoris' command to kill Thomas McGreggor and even tried to save his life. This suggests that Rowsdower could resist Satoris' control to a certain extent. The "Half-blood" connection Rowsdower had to Satoris and the Ziox was enough to draw him to the cult and yet he could not be entierly given over to Satoris' control.
- This adds an interesting layer to Satoris' hatred of Rowsdower. On one level, he hates Rowsdower because, since he is a "half-blood", Satoris believes this makes Rowsdower inferior to himself and the rest of the cult. On another level, this "half-bloodedness" actually keeps Satoris from having full sway over Rowsdower. This "inferiority" would acutally give Rowsdower an advantage over Satoris that no one else had.
Satoris and his cult are responsible for the death of Rowsdower's wife
- When Rowsdower first entered the cult, he was a normal, Happily Married man. Whether the drums in his nightmares caused him to seek out the cult or Satoris tracked him down and forced him to join, Satoris had Rowsdower's wife killed, possibly because she tried to keep her husband from being pulled into the cult or because Satoris wanted to remove anyone who could compromise Rowsdower's loyalty to him. Either way, she died and her death marked the beginning of Rowsdower's hostility towards the cult. Several things in the film lead me to this theory:
- In one shot near the beginning, we see a picture of a smiling woman tucked next to the steering wheel of Rowsdower's car. I've read that this is a picture of Bruce Mitchell's (Rowsdower's actor) real-life wife. It's possible that Rowsdower keeps around a picture of his deceased wife as a Tragic Keepsake.
- Rowsdower's alcoholism could easily be seen as an attempt to drown his sorrows.
- In the flashback to when Rowsdower received the brand on his arm, he looks visibly enraged and has to be tied up and restrained by other cult members. This is possibly right after the death of his wife and hints that Rowsdower might not have joined the cult willingly.
- When Troy asks about his past, Rowsdower makes vague references to being a businessman (possibly his true career before joining the cult?) before blowing off the rest of the question. His guilt for his involvement in Troy's father's death aside, it hints at something painful in his past that he doesn't want to talk about.
- When Pipper tells Rowsdower not to let the cult destroy his life, Rowsdower angrily replies that it already has. And it did, it killed the love of his life.
- Rowsdower's attempt to save Thomas McGregor could be seen as an attempt to atone for failing to save his wife. This comes up again when he goes to rescue Troy in the end. It's also his way of taking revenge on Satoris.
- This subtext, to me, paints Rowsdower as less of a chunky, backwoods, loser and more of a flawed Hurting Hero who is desperately trying to fix the mistakes that he's made.