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  • Complete Monster: Dr. Douglas Grey and Sheriff Bob Ryan are two sadistic serial killers and rapists who have destroyed countless lives for their depraved gratification. When Doug killed his first victim when he was 15, Ryan eagerly participated. They used the basement of a nearby cabin to keep their female victims alive for weeks, raping them repeatedly and filming it before finally killing them. They also used Doug's position as the warden of a mental asylum to rape the inmates there, knowing that nobody would believe them. Doug and Ryan seemed to get off not only on the rapes but the power it gave them over their victims, with both noting that it made them feel like gods.
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  • Critic-Proof: The film made back over three times its budget, but currently holds only a 14% rating at Rotten Tomatoes.
  • Heartwarming Moments: Pete doing everything he can to help Miranda. Most telling is the scene where Ryan questions Miranda, only to then start yelling at her. Pete orders Ryan to back off and urges Miranda not to look when Ryan pulls out gruesome photos of Doug's dismembered body parts.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Halle Berry and Robert Downey Jr being work colleagues, considering it's basically Storm working with Iron Man.
  • Tear Jerker: Pete and Miranda's brief but tense argument, and his expression as he leaves the room.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Screen Rant examined how good a premise the movie had; a psychiatrist being admitted to her own hospital because she's unable tor remember the crime she committed. Unfortunately the plot gets very messy and has an unsatisfying resolution.
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  • Took the Bad Film Seriously: Despite the film's meandering plot and poor execution, it's agreed that Halle Berry gave it her all and delivered a very good performance as Miranda.


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