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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Peter mentions looking through the files before Alva and that they were badly sorted. Could he have purposely disordered the files to keep Alva busy for his own sick amusement?
    • The way he stared at Alva's legs in her first scene implies that he'd been lusting after her for a while and wanted to create an opportunity to rape her. With Peter being a womaniser and Alva being his secretary, he probably saw her as a greater challenge than the girls he usually met through nightclubs.
    • There is a strong possibility he imagined Alva's brother killing him with a wooden stake, as a way to compensate for the horrible things he did to her.
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  • Cult Classic: Didn't make money or score well in reviews, but it has a good number of fans, especially due to people discovering it because of Cage.
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: While it seems like Alva may have gained some justice in the end, she was still raped by someone with a very active sex life, meaning she could be pregnant or carrying an STD. Also, Peter was her employer and the only person who could have referred her, so with him gone, Alva is essentially redundant at work and will have to deal with unemployment for quite some time. If Peter's murder is ever traced back to Alva's brother, he will inevitably go to prison and Alva may be forced to follow him under charges of conspiracy.
    • Unless if one interprets the ending that it was Peter's dying dream after killing himself. As a final way to atone for his actions and for Alva to get some sense of justice for what he did to her.
  • Funny Moments:
    • A lot of Peter's random mood swings are like this. He's even funnier when he's being serious:
      Peter: I was a little drunk... plus I was horny.
    • Peter's imaginary relationship with "Sharon", which turned out to be even shorter than his one-night stand relationships.
    • Meta example; the film's Rotten Tomatoes critics' consensus simply reads: "He's a vampire! He's a vampire! He's a vampire!"
  • Ham and Cheese: Most of the movie's most memorable moments come from Nicolas Cage Chewing the Scenery, a compilation of which can be seen here.
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  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Given the overall theme of this movie, it seems oddly appropriate when considering the appearance of a Civil War–era photograph that looks eerily like Nicolas Cage.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Arguably, Peter.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Narm: Peter ranting and screaming at his secretary is supposed to be frightening, as he's clearly becoming unhinged... Unfortunately, his secretary's name is "Alva", and he sounds rather like David Seville yelling at Alvin.
  • Narm Charm: Peter's screaming rants and psychotic behavior might seem pretty narmy... until you've met someone in that state. Then it's creepy and/or heartbreaking.
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  • Nightmare Fuel: While at times Peter's mental breakdown can come across as amusing, there are several times where it come across as extremely frightening. Specifically, at one point he goes to a nightclub in the midst of his psychosis, and bites a woman's neck, drinking her blood and killing her.
  • Rewatch Bonus: Given the ambiguous nature of the film you'll find yourself questioning which scene was real or just in his head?
  • Squick: Nick Cage eating a cockroach. What's worse is that it's a real cockroach he ate, not some kind of edible replacement.
  • The Woobie: Alva. Big time.


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