The Village

The villagers don't live in 1897, but the present. The village is actually a project devised by wealthy John Walker (Elder Walker). The village elders all suffered tragic losses in their modern lives. To escape violence, they started a village inside a wildlife preserve, walled off from society. The elders masquerade as the monsters to keep the younger and unknowing members within village boundaries. Lucius Hunt is seriously injured and needs medicine. The elders have sworn never to return to the 21st C, so Elder Walker sends his blind daughter, Ivy for the medicine. Surviving a perilous trek, she meets up with a security guard patrolling the preserve’s perimeter. He gets medicine for Ivy, and she returns to the village still knowing nothing about the outside world and believing she has killed a monster who tried to attack her. The guard was unaware people were living inside the preserve.

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Continuity mistake: When Ivy finds Lucius stabbed on the floor, she is wearing a clean white dress. The dress remains white even after she is rushed away by Mr. Walker. In the next scene, Ivy's dress is covered in blood near her waist, as if Lucius' blood got on her when she bent down to his aid.

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Ivy Walker: Sometimes we don't do things we want to do so that others will not know we want to do them.

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Trivia: At the ranger's office when the security guard was stealing the medical supplies, you see a cameo of M. Night Shamalayan in the reflection of the glass.

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Question: Does anyone know if Noah knew all along that the elders were dressing up as the "monsters?" I think he did, and that he thought it was just a game. Is that why he laughed and clapped every time the bell went off and they had to hide? Perhaps the elders didn't hide this from him because he was simple-minded and couldn't talk. So, when he went after Ivy in the woods, he thought it was all for fun. Does anyone else agree with this?

Answer: When the Elders found Noah missing, they referred to a costume that had been hidden under the floorboards. My guess is that at some stage Noah found that costume and may have figured out that it was a game then. I doubt if the Elders realized this until he went missing. Also, given that Noah had already stabbed Lucius, I don't really think that he was joking when he went for Ivy in the woods.

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Answer: Noah had figured out shortly before the movie begins that the monsters were a hoax made by the Elders, having found a creature suit in the "punishment room." This can be seen early when they eat. They hear howling from the woods (it's actually sound devices placed in a big tree deep in the forest that create sounds from the wind), and Noah simply laughs at it. He probably thought it was all a game, never understanding the true purpose of why the Elders created the hoax. During the Covington Woods quest, he most likely went to kill Ivy. Recall the "daring game" played by the children. We learn that creatures imitate their victim before they attack. Noah does the same to Ivy. She snaps her cane, and the creature also snaps something. She throws a rock, it does the same. Noah was actually much smarter than we think. He was THE creature, the usurper of the Elders' hoax. So he tortures Ivy mentally first before trying to kill her. He was kinda sadistic (he also massacred the livestock).

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