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Question: Vincent Grey says "I know why you're scared of the basement." What is it that he knows?

Answer: He doesn't say "I know why you're scared of the basement." He says "Do you know why you're afraid when you're alone? I do. I do." He had been trying to get Malcolm to understand that he can see ghosts but Malcolm never believed he actually could and just thought Vincent was suffering from psychosis.

BaconIsMyBFF

Question: Where did the Mül converter, the creature that replicates any product, come from? A lot of people seem to know about it even though planet Mül is unknown and unvisited, and more importantly, completely destroyed. The only survivors of the planet were hidden inside a damaged spaceship along with the only pearl they managed to save, so where did the creature come from? Isn't it native to the planet as well?

Answer: As portrayed in the film, the Mül converter is a native creature from the planet Mül. Given that several decades have passed since the destruction of the planet and it's former citizens have been traveling to the stars, it's obvious that over time, other people and races learned about the Mül converter's powers, hence it became sought after on the black market. It was likely among the few beings who were saved before they planet's destuction - the Pearls seemed to keep them as pets, so it's very likely that one or two were brought along when they escaped, even if we didn't see it happen.

TedStixon

Question: Here's something I don't fully understand. At the end of the movie just before Carter dies, him, Clear and Alex are all drinking alcohol. They were just graduating from high school, or at least they were going to as Clear said that she and Alex went through four years of it, and only a few months had passed since then, so how are they drinking it at all? Did they have passports and if so, why? Are the rules different in France? Was it a special occasion? I just don't see it happening when you have to be twenty-one.

Answer: The legal drinking ages in Europe are much lower than some states in the USA. In many countries the legal drinking age is 18. In France and some other countries it is 16. In a large number of countries you are also permitted to drink alcohol from a younger age, provided it is with a meal and your parents have given consent. In France it is very common for younger people to drink wine with a meal.

Answer: The rules on drinking alcohol in France are much less stringent than the USA. 16 is the legal limit for drinking beer in France so all they need is their American passport to prove they are over 16.

The_Iceman

Question: Exactly what is Banning's plan?

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Answer: Banning, head of Banning Corporation, wants to take over the global drinking water supply. He intends to start by poisoning major US reservoirs using genetically modified water strider insects. The striders carry bacteria that will spread from person-to-person.

raywest Premium member

Answer: If you're talking about his evil plan with the Banning Corporation, he wants to take over the world's drinking water supply (so that anyone who wants drinking water will have to buy it from Banning). He is trying to contaminate the U.S. drinking water with a deadly bacteria.

Bishop73

Question: What made the banging the sound the crew heard before the oxygen tank exploded?

Answer: When Mission Control asked Jack Swigert to "stir" the No. 2 oxygen tank, Swigert complied; immediately, the astronauts heard and felt a loud banging noise followed by an actual explosion. As it happened, there were damaged electrical wires powering the "cryo-stir" fan inside oxygen tank No.2. Those wires violently shorted out when Swigert activated them, sparking an intense fire (fueled by the ship's pure oxygen atmosphere), destroying vital tank insulation, and overheating the No.2 oxygen tank to the point of rupture in a matter of seconds. So, the banging noises they heard just before the explosion were the result of electrical wiring violently shorting out and a flash-fire erupting, which precipitated the tank explosion.

Charles Austin Miller

Oddly enough, Jack Swigert had stirred the No. 2 oxygen tank a couple of times earlier in the mission, with no problems whatsoever. Why the wiring suddenly failed on this last attempt is still a subject of debate.

Charles Austin Miller

Question: Does anyone know what that spinning thing was at the top of the Trimaran's main mast?

Answer: A wind turbine to create the electricity he uses.

lionhead

Question: Roy Scheider, in the first Jaws film, wears a unique brand of aviator frames, which do not appear in Jaws 2, or anywhere else for that matter - they are very distinctive in that they have a thicker border than ordinary aviator frames from that time, and the edges of the metal are beveled... What glasses are these? What brand? What model?

Answer: RayBan.

Question: My understanding is that Vee orchestrated the plan for Ty to bring a blank filled gun, but how was the dare revealed to her before being told to shoot her opponent, let alone before given the gun?

Answer: Once she saw the gun and knew how crazy the game was, she formed an idea that someone's would get shot and believed that it would be her.

Question: What is the opera (in German perhaps?) that another group of performers is rehearsing on stage? I think it's the scene where Paul's grandfather comes up the trap door on to the stage, during the opera rehearsal.

Answer: The Drinking Song (Trinke Liebchen) from Johann Strauss' Der Fledermaus.

Question: Why are the people in Arendal cheering when Anna hits Hans in the end? They see Hans as a hero, Elsa as a monster, and they hardly know Anna. They don't know that Hans has tried to kill Elsa. But they still clap and cheer when Anna hits Hans and he falls in the water.

Answer: Hans had told them earlier that Elsa killed Anna. When they saw Anna hitting Hans, they realised that Anna was alive, that Elsa had not killed her and that Hans was lying about the whole thing in a plot to take down Elsa.

Casual Person

Question: Where does Fred Astaire get his briefcase from, as he did not walk in with it? He walked in only carrying his suit and a bunch of flowers.

Answer: This is most likely a continuity error. The briefcase was accidentally left out of the arrival scene.

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Question: Is removing hands, feet and teeth really sufficient to prevent the corpses being identified? What about DNA?

Answer: Even with head, hands and feet removed, a lot about a person's identity can be determined from body scars, tattoos, body tissue and blood samples, etc. Sex, age, height, weight, body-fat content, race, hair color, and pre-death physical health can all be determined rather easily through traditional means, even given only a torso for examination. Once investigators have a general idea of identity, they can compare their findings to a missing persons database and narrow it down further to likely matches. Then they can request DNA samples from the families of likely missing persons and compare it to the DNA of the corpse. Of course, if the corpse was never reported as missing, that would bring the investigation to a dead-end.

Charles Austin Miller

Answer: Identifying a body (or anyone for that matter) through DNA would only work if that person's DNA is already on file and you had something to compare it to (and getting a DNA match is an extensive process that doesn't happen over night despite what some TV shows suggest). I don't know about the UK, but in the US, federal DNA databases didn't really start until 1994. And only a few states started a felon DNA database in the 90's, so it's unlikely Hugo's DNA was on file. It's much more likely that a person's fingerprints or dental records were on file since they were much more common and not exclusive to felons. Again though, those records would have to be on file in order to compare to a body. I don't know if the feet removal was more for the dark comedy aspect or if they thought his feet print were on file and would be viable (i.e. prints taken when he was born in the hospital).

Bishop73

Question: Why doesn't Dom's Rx7 sound like a rotary engine car?

Answer: Movie makers often use the wrong engine sounds for cars, for example, the purple Eclipse in 2F2F sounded like a boxer engine.

Chosen answer: Aftermarket exhaust and the turbos make it sound somewhat different, but it still sounds like a rotary.

It sounds nothing like a turbo rotary with aftermarket exhaust.

The Rat Race - S1-E4

Question: I don't see her listed on the credits in beginning or any other website inquiries, but is that Tyne Daly playing the character Peter's secretary?

Cathrine R

Answer: I'm the same person who asked this question. I discovered it was Molly Price whom I recognized from Third Watch.

Cathrine R

It should be noted Donna was Jim Fowkes‘ secretary. Donna killed Peter.

Bishop73

Question: How did the caller escape the room where his rifle was found?

Answer: He made it look like the pizza guy was the shooter so he could get away.

Answer: We, the audience, are quite simply never shown. So it is left up to our imaginations.

Alan Keddie

Show generally

Question: During the black and white TV days I watched an episode, the name of which I can't remberer. People were going about their lives. In the last scene the lid of a box is lifted. People are looking down into the box. The people in the box look up at the people who open the lid. What is the name of this episode?

Answer: There's an episode called "Five Characters in Search of an Exit" (s03e14). The 5 people aren't in a box but in what turns out to be a toy collection barrel. People outside the barrel are out and about town doing their errands. The 5 people are just dolls and a girl from the outside puts one of the escaped dolls back in the barrel. I think there's a shot of her looking down into it.

Bishop73

Question: I have a few questions about this movie. 1 - Who is the character played by Stephan Root? ie., what is his connection to the money? 2 - What is Woody Harrelson's job? What is his role? I presume a bounty hunter type person. 3 - Why did Anton kill the two men at the shootout scene? 4 - What were they to him and to the drug deal gone bad?

The_Iceman

Answer: 1. Stephen Root's exact identity is unknown, but the film establishes him as an agent of the "legitimate" business that acts as a front for the drug deal (and others like it), from which he and his business turn a profit. His exact role in the organization is unknown. 2. Carson Wells is a contract killer, same as Chigurh. 3. Chigurh kills the two men because they have seen his face and can identify him; he kills anyone with such knowledge (Carson Wells being the temporary exception). 4. They were strangers to him, simply operatives of the company that ran the deal sent, like Chigurh, to investigate the stolen money.

Question: Did Abberline use drugs to see visions after his wife and child died, or had he used them before?

Answer: Johnny Depp said in an interview that Abberline was a hypersensitive guy and had a lot of demons and a dark history. He probably start doing drugs to feel numb against the pain that he lost his wife and child since he desperately wanted a family.

Answer: It's not known if Abberline used Absinth before his wife died. But I doubt that he would have used Absinth or any other form of drugs when he was married.

Answer: The real-life Abberline didn't use opium or absinthe or anything else, and he wasn't psychic, and he and his two wives never lost any children nor had any children. Aside from the very few facts regarding the Ripper murders, everything in the movie is fictional, fake. Therefore, irrelevant.

Charles Austin Miller

I think those questions are meant for the fictional movie not the real story of Abberline.

Question: As a vampire, Max wasn't allowed in the house until Michael invited him. How were David and his friends allowed inside since they were never invited? Also, how was Star, even though she was only half-vampire able to get into the house? She asked for permission but Michael said no.

Answer: It's not that they can't "get in." Its that once you invite them.it renders you "powerless" (according to Max). Lets not forget that David and his friends were all killed. Max was stronger and probably would have won if Grandpa didn't crash into the house and impale him. Basically they can enter anytime...but being invited in gives them an advantage.

Gavin Jackson

Answer: Obviously, they were all invited in, one after another.

Charles Austin Miller

Only Max was invited in. Nowhere in the movie does it show David and the others being invited. And again, how did Star get into the house when she wasn't invited either?

Question: Look at how powerful the blast is when Kyle detonates the explosives. Wouldn't a blast as powerful as depicted kill both Kyle and Carson in real life?

Answer: Most likely, in real life, the blast would kill them, but this is a movie, and as the Mythbusters proved many times on their TV show, Hollywood does not always adhere to scientific fact when it serves the purpose of telling the story. This is called 'suspension of disbelief'.

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