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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Was Michael Foster originally a decent guy who was pushed off the deep end by his sister's death, even feeling guilty about his impulses, or was he a lunatic from the beginning who only used his sister's death as an excuse for his killings? Furthermore, was his relationship with his sister as perverted and sick as his photos imply, or was there a genuine connection between them that made him a Tragic Villain after her death?
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  • Designated Hero: One viewer made the case for Casey and Jordan at the end of the film, when they leave Foster to die in his secret bunker with no plans to tell the authorities about it. In doing so, they've effectively taken the law into their own hands and denied the opportunity of closure to the friends and families of girls Foster is shown to have killed in the past. Yet we're supposed to cheer and celebrate that these two achieved their personal vengeance, despite their vendettas seeming petty and frivolous in comparison.
  • Idiot Ball: Grasped by both Casey and Jordan at different points:
    • Casey when Michael is attacking the driver who saw the car and is about to call 9-1-1 - she's in the back of Michael's car, awake and untied, and for some reason she stays there instead of running when she has the chance. (Given that she's shown to be fairly resourceful later on, that really doesn't make sense.)
      • The next scene shows him opening the trunk to move her to the new car, implying she was locked in the trunk during this scene and therefore couldn't escape. However, I don't think they ever actually show Michael shutting it, which would've made it clearer.
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    • Jordan when she gets an aural clue to the psycho's location and charges over there by herself instead of calling her boyfriend. Who's a cop. All right, It's Personal and it's also a case of That One Case, but...
    • The two would-be rescuers, the chauffeur and gas station attendant, hold this as well, with Alan the chauffeur dialing 911 right in front of Michael without even bothering to keep an eye on him, and the attendant approaching Michael to try to unlock the door to rescue Casey with a box cutter for defense, which wouldn't be so bad had Michael not been holding the gas pump.
  • Plot-Sensitive Items:
    • When Jordan arrives at the place where Casey is being held, her phone appears to have no service. However, when she rescues Casey at that very spot, she attempts to call 9-1-1, as if she now has cellular service.
      • It wasn't the area that was the problem. The problem was that she dropped her phone into an underground murder lair. Cell phones don't work well underground. She's in the middle of phoning 911 when she fumbles the phone in the first place.

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