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Question: What year is this movie meant to be set in?

Answer: When Edna lectures Bob about the danger of capes, she names two superheroes and gives two dates for each of their deaths, the two years being 1957 and 1958. Both of these supers are seen at Helen and Bob's wedding, in the second row, meaning their wedding was before 1957. Information on Syndrome's computer would put Helen's last known activity as 1955, right in the correct time period. Assuming the "Sue the Supers" movement happened soon after their wedding, fifteen years later would put the setting of the movie around the early seventies.

Thanks I just spotted the dates and was wondering the time period.

Question: What is the "slide" that Mark finds in his room?

Answer: It's never explained - possibly a fire escape or heating vent.

Boobra

Question: What is Jerry's wife watching on TV when she is about to be kidnapped?

Answer: A local TV show in the Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota area called "Good Company" which starred Steve and Sharon Adelman. It has been off the air for many years now.

Question: I've seen the French version of the film, and the opening credits have been taken out. Can someone please tell me why this might be?

Answer: Because none of the English-speaking cast 'appear' in the film, as all of the voices were redone by French-speaking actors. As such, the original credit sequence is pointless, and it would have been a lot of work to redo the credit sequence for every single different language that the film had to be redubbed into. Hence the choice not to have one.

Tailkinker Premium member

Answer: The French dub of the movie has all the songs translated into French. I suppose that with the song "All Star" by Smash Mouth in the opening they weren't allowed to do it so as a result they removed it instead, resulting in the removal of the entire opening. This is sort of a French thing, to translate the songs.

lionhead

Question: When I used to collect Essential X-men, someone wrote in saying that they had seen the Mutant Leech somewhere in the film, but I can't find him, has anyone spotted him and can anyone tell me where he is?

Answer: Leech does not appear in the film. The boy with the discoloured tongue is Artie Maddicks, a different character (though one who was a good friend of Leech's in the comics).

Question: During the bank heist, where did the three men's large weapons come from? They could have tucked them in their suits as they did while leaving after the robbery, but the weapons would have been very visible. Where did they come from?

Answer: The CAR-15 type rifles the bank robbers have can be fitted with telescopic stocks. With the stock collapsed and a 11.5 inch barrel (which is what it looked like DeNiro had when he used his rifle to shoot through the windshield of the car he was in) it is relatively easy to conceal the rifle beneath a normal suit jacket. The only thing visible may have been the flash suppressor at the end of the barrel, but most people wouldn't recognize that anyway.

Mobrien316

Answer: No, that's a mistake. A carbine style rifle with an 11.5" barrel still has too much length, even once the stock is collapsed. See imagine here: https://c5.staticflickr.com/2/1649/25492440284_c3ba0c97cf_k.jpg It's a long, heavy piece of machinery that would easily profile under a sport coat.

Answer: As specified in Seed of Chucky it's a voodoo pregnancy. That's why the pregnancy last shorter than a normal one.

Mortug

Question: Was the candy in Honeydukes real and, if so, what happened to it at the end of shooting?

Answer: Some of the candy was real and was eaten by the actors, and later film crew. The rest was props. I assume excess candy was just trashed after a while.

Mark English

Question: Could someone please tell me which are the two songs Bob and Charlotte sing in the karaoke scene?

Answer: The song two songs Bob sings are More Than This by the British group Roxy Music, circa 1982. Peace, Love & Understanding is a song written by Nick Lowe and made famous by Elvis Costello.

Answer: Charlotte sang "Brass in Pocket" by The Pretenders.

Question: Why do they have a girl on the cover of the DVD holding a knife behind her back (and I'm sure it's Penelope) when the killer is a guy?

Answer: Fairly standard misinformation tactic. You'd prefer they revealed the actual killer on the cover?

Rooster of Doom

Question: On all the TV's that are in the lab say CNW in the bottom corner. Does anybody know what that stands for?

Answer: Since CNN no longer allows their logo to be used in films, CNW was the filmmakers' way of portraying an all news network.

Question: How come the Creepy Thin Man was protecting the Angels and Leo? Whose side was he on and why?

Answer: I think he was only protecting Leo as, in a sense, they are kin; both having been reared in the same orphanage. However, because the Angels were also protecting Leo, the Creep Thin Man helped them fight Madison and her cronies (a case of my enemy's enemy is my friend).

Question: Could anybody explain me how did they turn Jack Nicholson into the Joker? I know it's just make up, but how did they made that Joker smile?

Answer: His smile is natural but the depressions in his face were made using fake skin and makeup.

Toolio

Question: What is up with that pig thing in the window? Does it have anything do to do with anything?

Answer: That's Jodie. In the book and the supposed "true" story, the Lutz' daughter said Jodie could appear to her in any form he wanted, but usually looked like a pig.

Answer: According to the book (and you can take that for what it is worth), one of the characters saw a pair of glowing red eyes in a window. Later they went outside and found pig tracks in the snow. That is what this scene is trying to convey.

Guy

Answer: The answer that mentions that the pig thing in the window is supposed to be Jodie is correct. However, in the broader spectrum of things, the appearance or the sounds of animals (squeals, growls, etc.) during a haunting is supposed to mean that the haunting is demonic in nature, which the haunting in this story obviously was.

dewinela

Question: What song is playing right after the "costume" party?

Answer: That song is "Watch Me Shine" Performed by Joanna Pacitti. It is on the soundtrack.

moviemogul

Question: What is that song sung at the wedding, when Mia is walking down the isle?

Answer: It is a famous classical song, "Canon in D" written by Pachelbel.

Question: Why was it banned in South Africa?

Answer: The film was never banned in South Africa. It was released uncut and was a box office hit.

Question: When Robert the Bruce is talking to the nobles at the begining of the movie, what is the significance of him seeing his dad up above on the balcony and saying that his dad couldn't be there in person, but sends his regards?

Answer: The significance is that his Dad is not away on business he is very sick and hiding. I would imagine both he and his dad think that their position would weakened if the other nobles new his dad was sick and probably going to die soon.

pross79

Question: I didn't understand the rationale of Jim releasing the infected soldier Mailer into the mansion, since he knew the women were still inside, unprepared and unarmed. Anyone got a good reason why he did it?

Answer: He also knew that the women were in an interior room, upstairs, with the door(s) closed; and that Mailer was much more likely to encounter/eliminate the other soldiers who were downstairs and mobile first. He was probably gambling - correctly, as it turned out - that he'd be able to make it upstairs and either rescue the women or eliminate Mailer before they were harmed.

Rooster of Doom

Answer: Shaun's last name is Riley. It can be seen on a poster ad from Shaun's DJ days.

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