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Question: Is there any explanation in the book as to why the Phantom is deformed? I've heard something about acid, but I don't know if that's correct.

Chosen answer: Although there are myths and rumours as to the origins of the Phantom's deformity (acid, fires, etc.), it is simply a birth defect. In the novel, the birth defect covered his whole face. The idea of the distortion covering half his face for the musical originated from photographs of World War II soldiers covering half of their badly injured faces. For the film version, makeup artist Jenny Shircore based the Phantom's disfigurement on a medical condition she had seen.

Question: Does anyone know what the two main instruments are at the beginning the track called 'Hagrid the Professor' on the soundtrack?

Chosen answer: An oboe and then a flute.

Question: After carefully reading all the mistakes and corrections written here, there's still something that bothers me: The Morgans lived on an island and yet Samara was killed in the shelter inn. So far so good. The question is: how did The Morgans find a lid for the well during this vacation (since the lid was nowhere to be seen during the shoving scene) and if so, how can they cover up a well in somebody else's property, and after solving that, there still remains a question of how come nobody noticed the little girl was missing (the inn keeper, the other people on vacation etc.) and how come a cabin was built around the well so conveniently. All the explanations don't fit. Something's still missing.

Chosen answer: There's no reason to believe the inn was there before they dumped her in the well. In fact, all shots of the well at the time show no cabins or buildings anywhere. Most likely the inn was built on top of the area, probably even by the Morgans, in order to cover up the fact that they'd dumped a little girl in that well. Also, most of the people on the island, such as Samara and Anna's doctor, believed Samara was still staying at Eola County Psychiatric Hospital on the mainland. The doctor told Rachel that ever since Samara left, everything was better, so its likely the residents didn't care or give much thought to where she was, just relieved that she was finally gone and life on the island improved.

Question: Was the dog the host of the virus?

Chosen answer: No, the virus was already there before Grim and Dr. Mambo (the killer dog) get there. The townspeople seem to have known about it for quite some time.

Question: Can anyone remember which of the brothers had "Veritas" tattooed on his hand? It was either the Sean Patrick character or the Norman character, one had veritas and the other libertas, but which was which?

Chosen answer: Sean Patrick Flanery was the one who had veritas tattoed on his index. He's the one playing Connor. The other tattoo is not Libertas but Acquitas.

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Question: How do they do those "toasted" effects with the walls?

Chosen answer: They put the camera very far from the actors, zoomed in. Then the cameraman approaches them slowly while zooming back. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hitchcock_zoom.

Question: What happened to all the animals that McLeach was keeping prisoner?

Chosen answer: Cody most likely told the authorities and had them freed.

Question: Why does Berger tell Sheila and her friend, that he needs $250 to bail his friends out? The bail was $50/person an there's only 4 of them in jail.

Chosen answer: He wanted to give Claude his $50 back.

Question: In the trivia it says that the name Leatherface is only said once or twice. Well, I can't recall the name being used at all. What scenes were the name used?

Chosen answer: The name "Leatherface" is used in the scene set in the hotel, and the waterfall scene. The grandmother says "leatherface" right after she says "Maryana, crank up the chain saw" in the waterfall scene. She actually says it in a whispering tone, so you have to turn the volume up to the max.

Question: The theme of Greeks comes up a few times in the film. First in Edna's house, on the wall behind the door is a giant Greek mural and the statue outside is a stylised Greek soldier. Next, the password, Kronos, is the Greek Titan of time. Then later at the end of the film, there is a close up of a sign reading 'The Spartans' with a hoplite helmet. Is this just coincidence?

Chosen answer: Possibly, but it's probably because the first known "superheroes" came from Greece. Achilles, Hercules etc.

Question: How come they cut an entire verse from the song "the Phantom of the Opera"?

Chosen answer: You'll have to ask Joel Schumacher on that one but basically it's just a matter of making the movie work. There were a number of changes when the musical was adapted to the screen. For example, the falling chandelier occurred just before the end of Act 1 in the musical, but was left until the end in the movie.

Question: Was this film based on an true story, or was it fiction based on the true warring states as the backdrop?

Chosen answer: It was a fiction based on the true historical period as backdrop, althought it sorted of resembled a true event that the deserter general of Qin gave his head to an assassin as a pass to get close to the Emperor, who was then still a king of a state among the warring states.

Question: I heard a rumour that in one scene on Naboo, (I think it was something with a balcony, but I haven't seen this movie in a while) someone accidentally left a Dr. Pepper in the shot. I'm pretty sure this has been disproved, but is it really there?

Chosen answer: Put simply, no.

Question: What song is played during the opening credits? It sounds familiar, but I can't quite place it. What other movies has it been used in?

Cubs Fan Premium member

Chosen answer: It's Carl Orff's classic composition "Carmina Burana". It's most prominent use was in Excalibur (1981), other movies to feature it include Detroit Rock City and General's Daughter (both 1999).

Question: Following up on the answered question about Rose being Cal's "wife in practice", was sleeping together before marriage socially acceptable among that class of people at that time?

Chosen answer: No, contrary to what movies lead us to believe now, it was highly inappropriate for intercourse before marriage until about after World War I.

The Secret Origin of Denzel Crocker - S3-E8

Question: Which year does Timmy visit in the 80's?

Chosen answer: 1986.

Question: How old are the Tracy boys and Tin Tin in the movie? Obviously they are younger then in the show, but how much younger?

Chosen answer: I think that in the movie: Alan, Tintin & Fermat are 16, making Gordon 18, Virgil 21, John 23 and Scott 24.

Question: How come at the end of the movie when Cindy realizes that Doofy is the killer and she drops the coffee cup on the ground there is a fish there? I know it's a joke but I don't get it.

Matthew Gem Premium member

Chosen answer: I know for sure they were making fun of the movie 'Usual Suspects' (dropping the cup) - they might have added the gag of the fish in it to appear as though she was shocked by the fish instead of the true identity of Doofy.

Question: When Judy was stung by that plant and she collapsed, I never really understood what happened. She collapsed but was she poisoned and killed or just paralyzed? Anybody have the faintest idea? That's the only bit I never understood. I thought she was shot by poisonous darts...

Hamster Premium member

Answer: Since the barb was poisonous, she was dying. This is seen when she begins looking pale and a few seconds later she isn't moving. Finishing the game was the only way to save her life.

Chosen answer: She was just temporarily immobilized by the venom - it wears off after a few minutes.

The Doctor

Question: The lasers in the Great Hall of the building where the egg is stored are moving around. How can they reflect back from anything (like a mirror) and know if someone is blocking the beam, and make the alarm go off?

Chosen answer: This was already dealt with in the mistakes. Essentially the laser would need another point at the end if it was to alert the guards.

Lummie Premium member

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