New today Question: Given that Ivy could see some people's "color", did she know it was Noah chasing her in the woods?
Question: In the last scene with the park ranger he is siting in his SUV completely motionless as if he is dead. The ranger does not even blink. The door is open, door alarm sounding and a ladder is leaning against the SUV instead of leaning against the fence or being on top of the SUV. What is wrong with the ranger?
New this month Answer: He is completely stunned to have learned that there are many people, particularly ones like Ivy Walker who are ignorant of the 21st century, living inside the wildlife reserve. The reserve is completely fenced off and his job as a ranger is only to guard the perimeter of the area.
Question: Can somebody tell me why the elders don't allow people to leave the village at the start of the film?
Answer: They left modern civilization to escape violence. They have been living a lie and do not want their children to know about the real world, fearing they will want go there and might never return. That is why they concocted the story about the monsters in the wood to frighten them from leaving the village.
Question: Does anyone have any insight as to where all the people in the Village came from? I understand the motivation in being there as expressed by the elders, who know of the outside world and are escaping it, but what about everyone else who seems ignorant of that other world? The group scenes show at least a hundred people there. Were they all brought as children and raised with the stories of the creatures to keep them out of the woods? Seems like a lot of children for 8 or 10 elders to bring. Are all the adults, not just the elders, "in-the-know", having brought their children and kept them deceived? Any thoughts, or official insight, would be appreciated.
Answer: As covered towards the end of the movie, the elders met at a support group for the families of victims of violent crime (if you listen to the voiceovers, they all talk about how a loved one was murdered, and the photo shows them all standing in front of a consolation center). At the end of the voiceovers, you hear Mr. Walker talk about how he "has an idea" if they are willing to hear him out. Presumably, this idea is to separate from society as they end up doing. It is assumed that all of the adults in the village are there by choice. As for the children and young adults, they were likely born there, or moved there when they were too young to remember the outside world. Given the clothes and surroundings in the picture of the group, and the fact that the guard at the end is reading a 2004 newspaper, we can assume they have been in the village for at least 20-30 years. The end of the movie does a very good job of tying up loose ends. The newspaper and radio reports in the guard shack reinforce the idea of the violent society they are escaping. The conversation between the guards establishes that a rich benefactor is both paying them to protect a "wildlife preserve," as well as making sure the government does not allow flights over the village, which would spoil the illusion. The fact that Walker mentions that his murdered father was an excellent and rich businessman, coupled with the fact that the area surrounding the village is called *Walker* Wildlife Preserve, leads us to believe that his inheritance is financing their secret. All in all, it's a tidy bit of storytelling.
Question: Does anybody know anything about the song that Ivy sings to her sister? The lyrics, who wrote it, or anything?
Answer: It is not known who wrote it or who produced it, but the lyrics are: Baby sleep, gently sleep / Life is long and love is deep / Time will be sweet for thee / All the world to see Time to look about and know / How the shadows come and go / How the breeze stirs the trees / How the blossom grows / Sleep, baby sleep / Sleep, gently sleep.
Question: What is the significance of the red markings on the doors of some of the buildings after the monster visit? Are they specific to the people that live inside these buildings? Are they on all doors or specifically selected doors?
Answer: The markings on the doors were to scare the young villagers. No other reason is mentioned.
Question: Was Edward Walker married? Is that why he wasn't allowing himself to touch Alice Hunt? I noticed that there is a Tabitha Walker in the credits, but it doesn't seem clear in the movie.
Answer: Yes, he is married. He is thought to secretly be in love with Alice Hunt, but he is faithful to his wife, Tabitha, and that is why he never allows himself to touch Alice in even the the most platonic manner.
Question: Has anyone else wondered what might have happened if Ivy wasn't helped inside right before the creature came to her? We don't know which elder was dressed up, but what would have happened if the elder/creature got to her first?
Answer: They left to escape violence. I doubt very seriously, that the elder would have hurt her. He/she most likely would have just knocked her down and growled at her a bit.
Question: Does anyone know the alternative endings for this movie? I can't wait until the DVD. Was this the ending the M. Night Shyamalan wanted in the theaters?
Answer: According to Shyamalan, the ending we saw was the only ending created for the film. He has stated numerous times that the rumors of any alternate endings were untrue.
Question: What is the significance of the dead 7-year old boy in the opening scene of the movie? Does it have anything to do with the 7-year old mentioned on Shyamalan's newspaper?
Answer: No, they establish early in the movie that the boy died of a disease. The reason Lucius keeps requesting permission to go to the town to get medicine is to prevent someone else from getting the same thing. They are very effectively cut off from the outside world. The purpose of the newspaper report and radio news heard in the guard shack is to lend credence to their motives for establishing the village (ie, to escape a violent society).
Question: Perhaps I'm just grasping at straws here, but isn't there still a possibility that the woods are inhabited by monsters? No one was able to explain what killed the livestock.
Answer: There were no real monsters. Noah Percy, who was not an elder, killed the livestock. He had found his father's monster costume that was hidden under the floorboards. He secretly began wearing it and acting like one of the creatures that the elders were pretending to be in order to frighten younger members to keep them from leaving the village. Noah was mentally handicapped, and it was like a game to him, but it became more deadly over time. The elders did not know until the end of the movie that it was Noah who had killed the animals.
Question: What is the beeping noise at the end when the ranger is sitting in his truck?
Answer: It's the alarm alerting the driver that the door is open with the keys still in the ignition.
Question: How did the big hole get made? Is this a literal plot hole?
Answer: The fallen tree that Ivy finds after she has managed to climb out of the hole is the cause of it. Clearly, from what dried up roots remain exposed above the ground at the base - it was huge - leaving a vast root system to rot in the ground; that then created the sinkhole. We see that the roots are so big Ivy hangs her bag on one and she uses it as a landmark in her mind - which we know is later beneficial.
Question: Was there ever a name provided for the character who was dancing with Ivy when she heard the children's screams? He also was one of the men carrying the sacrifice of meat, and might have been the Villager in the tower in the opening credits. He is tall and bearded, and seems to be the "go-to" guy here in the Village.
Answer: There was no name, and I was not under the impression he was indeed the "go-to" guy. Other than dancing with Ivy and participating in the meet ritual, he was not seen in the movie at all.
Question: Is the man who married Ivy's sister, Kitty, the same man who was supposed to escort Ivy into the woods, but chickened out before going in?
Answer: Yes. His name is Cristoph Crane.
Question: The trivia section states that this film was originally given an R rating for "a single sound effect." Anybody have any idea what that sound effect was?
Answer: The sound effect that was not included in the movie was the sound of Lucius Hunt being stabbed by Noah. Once this sound effect was removed, the movie was allowed to be rated PG-13.
Question: Why are the dates on the tombstone near the start of the film over 100 years in the past of the time the film was set? Presumably, due to the remote nature of the village, the young inhabitants would have no concept of time in relation to modern technology, so why bother making up a date at all?
Answer: There would have to be some sort of progressive timeline if the elders wished to continue fooling the younger villagers, who have no clue about the modern world. Most likely, the elders chose the time period that they wanted to replicate and kept the same dates. Also Edward Walker, being a history professor would be teaching the younger ones about the past and if there were history books, it would be difficult to explain why there was a time gap of over a century.
Question: How many towers were in the valley? Only one is shown in a distant shot, but most scenes show it right up to, and overlooking, a thickly forested area. However, there is one view where the trees in the near background had bare, upright branches.
Answer: There were two towers, one at the north end of the valley, and one at the south end.
Question: Does anybody know what city or state this takes place in?
Answer: Covington, Pennsylvania. They live in the middle of Covington Woods.
Question: Why was everyone standing up in the last scene of the movie? Did not make too much sense to me, but it was very apparent so it must have been some intentional directional move.
Answer: One of the elders asks if they all want to contine the village the way it is by telling people Noah was killed by the creatures in the woods, and keeping the real truth about the village from them. Standing up was the other elders' way of saying "yes."