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CIA Officer Evelyn Salt Had Grown Up in Russia, Trained to be a Double Agent (or Sleeper Mole) To Execute a Secret Russian Plan (Dubbed Day X) Orchestrated by Orlov - to Assassinate the Reforming Russian President, and to Control the US' Nuclear Strike Capabilities. Salt Double-Crossed Orlov, and Then After Her Mentor Ted Winter Revealed That He Was Also a Russian Agent Working Against Her, She Killed Him; Captured, She Convinced CIA Agent Peabody to Release Her to Kill the Remaining Foreign Agents.
This was a quick-paced, escapist espionage action-thriller (fused with Cold War paranoia) from director Phillip Noyce. The convoluted, difficult-to-follow, and twisting tale (with one major plot twist and some minor ones) also left some gaping plot holes by the film's open ending - with the potential for a sequel. The tagline was:
In the film's opening sequences set two years earlier, Evelyn Salt (Angelina Jolie) was a captive in North Korea prison, where she was brutally tortured as a suspected spy. Afterwards, after the CIA secretly got involved, she was pardoned and was part of a prisoner exchange at the border. She was saved due to the insistent efforts of her reknowned German arachnologist boyfriend Mike Krause (August Diehl), who didn't know she worked for the CIA. At the border, she was met by her CIA colleague/partner/mentor Ted Winter (Liev Schreiber). She was returned to her desk job at a CIA-front company (Rink Petroleum) in suburban Washington DC.
Then on her second wedding anniversary to Mike in 2011 (the present year), she worked with Ted Winter and ambitious counter-intelligence CIA officer Darryl Peabody (Chiwetel Ejiofor) to interrogate:
Orlov accused Salt of being a Russian spy, and claimed she was part of a secret Soviet program to plant indoctrinated children into American families. The English-speaking Russian sleeper agents were known as KAs. Orlov claimed that Salt's real name was Chenkov, one of the highly-trained Soviet double agents, named KA-12. She would be part of a Soviet doomsday plan to attack the US from within (dubbed Day X) - with two events that would destroy America and trigger WWIII. The two events would be "to sabotage and assassinate."
Salt claimed her innocence, although Ted (at first supportive) grew more suspicious of her. She went on the run as a rogue agent in flight, relentlessly chased and pursued by CIA agent Peabody ("We bring her in or we bring her down"). She discovered that her husband Mike had been kidnapped from their apartment. She eluded capture by her quick-thinking, nimble and clever skills, and a number of disguises (including black-dyed hair).
Her first act was to assassinate reforming Russian President Boris Matveyev (Olek Krupa) as he delivered the eulogy during the Manhattan funeral of the recently-deceased US Vice President Maxwell Oates (the "architect of the new era of Russian-American relations"). She was present at the funeral, collapsed the church altar-floor under where the Russian President was standing, and apparently shot and killed him. As expected, anti-American protests erupted, and the new Russian president promised: "We will strike back."
Salt surrendered, but then escaped a second time, and proceeded to an East River barge - the undercover headquarters of Orlov and about a dozen other sleeper agents (that she had grown up with). To test Salt's allegiance to the Russians, Orlov (who had earlier escaped custody and killed two CIA agents) killed Salt's bound and gagged husband Mike in front of her. She didn't react, although after the test, she killed Orlov (with a broken glass shard slicing his neck) and the other sleeper agents.
Salt's second objective in the Day X plan was to assassinate US President Howard Lewis (Hunt Block) and trigger war. She gained access to the White House disguised as a male NATO officer - Major Vicek. A deadly attack was executed, causing the removal of the President for protection to an underground security bunker eight stories below the White House. She followed down the elevator shaft, and stealthily entered the secured area. In the bunker's control room, the US President readied the US's nuclear missiles, in response to a report that the Soviets had mobilized their arsenal.
And then, within the decision room, CIA agent Winter shockingly shot and killed all of the attending personnel, but spared the President. After announcing his real name, he then shot the President to incapacitate him when he wouldn't follow his directions.
Major revelations occurred:
Salt was eventually able to break into the sealed control center, to prevent Winter from creating a nuclear disaster. He was set to launch ICBM missiles (using an atomic weapon activation controller dubbed "the football") from Trident submarines into two Middle Eastern cities (Mecca, Saudi Arabia and Tehran, Iran) to trigger WWIII. They struggled and fought each other - and she was bloodied in the face and shot in the process (she was wearing a vest), but successfully aborted the missile firing sequence. However, she was apprehended, blamed, and being transported away when she saw an opportunity to kill Winter - she garrotted him with her handcuff chains, lept over the stairway, and with the weight of her body, she broke his neck.
As she was enroute in a helicopter to FBI headquarters, she told Peabody why she killed Winter ("Because somebody had to") - because he was a trained Soviet agent. She also said she deliberately decided not to kill Matveyev or Peabody when she had the chance. Now only she could hunt down the remainder of the KA sleeper agents (trained and planted by Orlov). A text message confirmed that Salt's fingerprints had been found at the barge (affirming that Salt had killed Orlov and the agents).
In the film's unlikely solution, Peabody believed her enough ("Go get them") to release her to jump into the freezing Potomac River below and escape by running through the woods, to further her search.
"Evelyn Salt" (as child)
Salt with Oleg Orlov (Daniel Olbrychski)
Execution of Husband Mike (August Diehl)
CIA Agent Ted Winter (Liev Schreiber)
Salt Disguised as NATO Major Vicek to Infiltrate the White House
US President Howard Lewis (Hunt Block)
Double Agent Winter: "My name is Nikolai Tarkovsky"
TV Report that Russian President Was Alive
After the Fight in the Control Room
Salt Garrotting Winter to Death with Her Chains By Hanging Off the Stairway
"Fingerprints place Salt on barge where Orlov was killed"
CIA officer Darryl Peabody (Chiwetel Ejiofor)
Salt Jumping From Helicopter
Released to Hunt Down the Remaining KA Sleeper Agents
The Mastermind 'Jigsaw' Killer Had Posed As a Dead Body on the Floor in the Bathroom
This psychological thriller was the first of a franchise of seven Saw films, including:
In each film, the central character was the figure (either alive or dead) of:
He was again devising impossible live-or-die situations for victims (who lacked an appreciation for life). They had to make outrageous moral choices to survive in the brutal trap-filled environments, while inflicting themselves with lethal wounds.
Two men were kidnapped and imprisoned in a large, sealed industrial bathroom:
They were chained by their ankles to pipes on opposite ends of the room. Between them was a dead corpse on the floor lying in a pool of blood from a self-inflicted gunshot wound (with a gun in his hand), along with tapes to be played by each man.
Lawrence learned from his recording that he had to kill Adam within 8 hours (by 6 o'clock) or his wife Alison Gordon (Monica Potter) and daughter Diana (Makenzie Vega) would die. Adam learned that he had to escape the bathroom - presumably both would use the hacksaws to saw off their limbs ("He wants us to cut through our feet!").
As the deadline approached, hospital orderly Zep Hindle (Michael Emerson), who was monitoring the two men with video surveillance, broke into Lawrence's house and attacked his family. Zep was planning to murder them if Lawrence failed to kill Adam by 6 am.
After Lawrence sawed off his own leg to break free, he shot Adam with the corpse's gun (but it was a non-lethal wound in the shoulder) and then crawled away for help (and presumably bled to death). When Zep entered the bathroom, Adam grabbed a toilet tank lid and bashed Zep to death. A tape revealed that Zep was also under the control of the "Jigsaw Killer" in order to save himself from a slow poisoning death and acquire an antidote.
The film's twist was that the true mastermind behind the entire scheme was the man posing as the bloodied dead body on the floor. The dead body rose up, removed some of his makeup, and revealed himself as terminally-ill brain cancer patient, John Kramer - the "Jigsaw Killer" (Tobin Bell) (Flashback: "He's a very interesting person. His name is John...an inoperable frontal lobe tumor").
As the killer left the darkened and sealed bathroom, Adam heard his words: "Most people are so ungrateful to be alive, but not you, not any more...Game over."
Adam screamed back: "Don't! Don't! No!"
Dr. Lawrence Gordon Sawing Off Leg
Bloodied Dead Man on Floor was "Jigsaw Killer" (Tobin Bell)
Adam (Leigh Whannell)
A Scanner Darkly (2006)
The Film Was a Treatise About Drug Abuse and the War Against It: Addicted and Psychotic 'Agent Fred' Didn't Know He Was Bob Arctor, or That Girlfriend Donna Was Posing as "Hank" - Her Undercover Plan Was To Get Him Addicted and Sent to New Path, To Produce Evidence Against It For Growing A Blue Flower-Plant That Addictive Substance D Was Made From
Philip K. Dick's science-fiction novel was adapted by director Richard Linklater for his visually-incredible, black comedy conspiracy-thriller (filmed in computer-rotoscoped style).
It told about the semi-distant, totalitarian, dystopic future where 'Big Brother'-styled surveillance ruled, and a brain-deadening super-drug called Substance D had caused many users to become intensely paranoid with split personalities. The government had instituted high-tech surveillance on the addicted population and the drug producing and distributing underworld, and hired a number of informants and undercover agents.
Keanu Reeves was undercover narcotics cop Agent Fred (his real name was Bob Arctor), who was called upon to reluctantly spy on his friends. He was to report his findings to his senior officer-boss "Hank". One of his targets was:
Agent Fred was equipped with 24/7 holographic surveillance cameras positioned in his own house in Anaheim (Orange County). He was living alone after being abandoned by his wife and two children in the past. As he monitored the tapes of surveillance activity, he wore an identity-blurring, shape-shifting 'scramble suit' to protect himself.
Arctor lived with two lazy housemates, both drug-users who had problems of their own:
Along with his drugged-up roommates, Arctor was slowly losing his identity, burning out, becoming paranoid, having cognitive brain issues, and acting psychotic and crazy because of his own addictive drug use in his undercover position. His drug of choice was the deadly Substance D. And then to complicate matters, as Agent Fred, he was ordered to investigate himself (as Arctor). He was also having problems with Donna who refused his overtures for sex because of her own excessive coke use.
Bob's druggie pal and housemate Jim Barris ratted on him to 'Hank', who was soon revealed, when removing a scramble suit, to be Donna. She was part of a plan to have Arctor become addicted and then committed to the New Path Recovery Center (at the Santa Ana residence facility), where he would be transferred to a farm to work with plants (including a blue flower used to manufacture Substance D). He was to undergo tests, live in a cell marked 4-G, and given a new name - 'Bruce'.
In the final scene set in a General Burger fast-food restaurant, Donna (now code-named 'Audrey') met with fellow undercover agent 'Mike' (Dameon Clarke) (working inside New Path). They discussed how the addicted 'Bruce' ("a burnt-out husk") was being used to infiltrate into the workings of New Path. They could then prove their case, once 'Bruce' was fully hooked and could produce evidence against it, that New Path was manufacturing and distributing the addictive substance ("It matters when we can prove that New Path is the one growing, manufacturing and distributing"). Mike further claimed:
However, 'Bruce's' addiction was quite a cost to pay for their undercover work to shut down New Path. Donna/'Audrey' was concerned that Bob /'Bruce' had been selected - without his knowledge:
She worried that he would never regain his former self. She also pondered Arctor's sacrifice that she caused, and she asserted: "Look, Mike I gotta get out. I can't do this again. I want it to end...We are colder than they are." Then, Mike espoused 'Bruce's' sacrificial mission:
And then out at New Path, when 'Bruce' was working outdoors, he momentarily saw blue flowers ("the flower of the future") hidden and growing in-between rows of corn in the field, he commented:
He plucked one sample to take with him to give to his friends (as evidence for the authorities? or as a gift?) - he hid it in his boot: "A present for my friends at Thanksgiving."
The film ended with an epilogue from author Philip K. Dick: "This has been a story about people who were punished entirely too much for what they did. I loved them all. Here is a list, to whom I dedicate my love." It listed fifteen individuals by name (one of whom was Dick himself) who were deceased or suffered brain damage, vascular damage, or psychosis due to drug abuse.
Agent Fred/Bob Arctor (Keanu Reeves)
Druggie Pal and Housemate Jim Barris (Robert Downey, Jr.)
Housemate Ernie Luckman (Woody Harrelson)
Boss "Hank" Revealed to be Donna
Bob's Girlfriend Donna Hawthorne/'Audrey' (Winona Ryder)
'Mike' (Dameon Clarke)
Blue Flowers (For Substance D) Noticed by 'Bruce' - Hidden in Corn Field
"A Present For My Friends"
Ghostface Was Actually Two Killers: Sidney's Boyfriend Billy and Best Friend Stu
In the opening sequence of Wes Craven's satirical horror/slasher film, "Ghostface" taunted Casey Becker (Drew Barrymore) on the phone with "movie trivia" questions, including: "Name the killer in Friday the 13th." When she insisted the answer was Jason, he provided the plot twist spoiler to the original Friday the 13th (1980) film: "...you should know Jason's mother, Mrs. Voorhees, was the original killer. Jason didn't show up until the sequel. I'm afraid that was a wrong answer."
The psychopathic villain "Ghostface" (due to wearing an elongated Halloween death mask-costume), who was systematically murdering individuals in the small California town of Woodsboro, was actually two individuals who both used a voice-changing device --
In the blood-soaked reveal, film buff Randy Meeks (Jamie Kennedy) accused Stu of being the mad killer. His friend Billy responded: "We all go a little mad sometimes...Anthony Perkins, Psycho" (a quote from Hitchcock's Psycho (1960)), and shot and wounded Randy in the right shoulder. Billy explained to Sidney how his bloody T-shirt was covered in fake blood, as he sucked his fingers: "Hmm, corn syrup. Same stuff they used for pig's blood in Carrie."
It was then that Sidney learned that the two (Stu and Billy) had brutally raped/killed her mother Maureen Prescott exactly one year earlier, and framed it on someone else, Mr. Neil Prescott (Lawrence Hecht). In a crazed tone, Billy explained how they had no motive, except for Sidney's mother, who:
Because Sidney's mother had an affair with Billy's father and broke up his parents' marriage, he had sought revenge.
Stu pulled Sidney's bound and gagged father Neil from a closet, and described how they were planning to frame him as the "chief suspect" for the town's many murders: "What if your father snapped? Your mother's anniversary set him off and he went on a murder spree killing everyone." Billy and Stu would be "left for dead...Everybody dies but us" - and to look convincingly bloodied as victims, the two stabbed at each other.
However, Stu's abdomen knife wound turned out to be slowly lethal ("You cut me too deep. I think I'm dyin' here, man"). When the two were distracted, Sidney escaped inside the house, wore the "Ghostface" costume, and injured Billy by stabbing him in the chest with the end of an umbrella. When Stu tackled and wrestled her, claiming: "I always had a thing for ya, Sid," she grabbed a vase from a TV cabinet and smashed it over his head. She then toppled a heavy TV set (suitably playing Halloween) onto him, mocking him: "In your dreams!" - it both crushed him and electrocuted him.
Suddenly, as Randy regained consciousness, a bloodied and unconscious Billy miraculously revived, punched Randy in the face, and lunged at Sidney. He attempted to strangle her to death ("Say hello to your mother!") and as he raised his knife to kill her, tabloid TV newswoman Gale Weathers (Courtney Cox) shot him and he was presumed dead.
As the three survivors staggered to their feet and looked down at his body, Randy cautioned ("Careful, this is the moment when the supposedly dead killer comes back to life for one last scare") - and Billy predictably came to life, but Sidney decisively shot him in the forehead (Sidney: "Not in my movie!").
Opening: Casey Becker (Drew Barrymore)
(l to r): Stu, Billy
Billy With Sidney
TV Set Playing Halloween
Smashed Vase on Stu's Head
Toppling TV Set on Stu
Billy vs. Sidney
Not really dead yet!
Billy Decisively Shot in Forehead
The Screaming Skull (1958)
While Trying to Cause Rich Newlywed Wife Jenni To Go Insane and Kill Herself, Eric Was Attacked and Murdered by a Screaming Skull
They moved into the isolated Southern country mansion that Eric had inherited from his first wife Marion. The ex-wife reportedly was mysteriously killed when she accidentally fell down a flight of stairs and cracked her skull open on a stone wall, and then drowned in a small pond behind the house.
The film's opening title screen was above a view of a skull emerging from the pond among lily pads.
Plotting to inherit millionairess Jenni's money, Eric tried to scare her, drive her insane and cause her to be suicidal. She had already been declared temporarily insane earlier after watching her parents die in a gruesome boating accident. He planted human skulls around the house and caused screaming noises - and then blamed the strange supernatural events as tricks played by the estate's mentally retarded gardener Mickey (director Alex Nicol).
In the shock ending, Eric prepared to murder Jenni and stage it as a crazed suicide. However, just before he began strangling her, she had seen his ex-wife Marion's ghost (or apparition) at the greenhouse. After grabbing the victimized Jenni by the neck and partially choking her, Eric heard loud knocking sounds at the door. When he opened the door, he saw a disembodied skull wrapped in a robe greeting him. The "screaming skull" ("Marion!") attacked, chased him outside, and murdered him by chewing on his throat, and drowning him in the decorative pond outside the house.
Reverend Snow (Russ Conway) located Eric's dead body in the pond, and then, aided by his wife (Toni Johnson), helped console Jenni after she had regained consciousness. As they departed from the house, Reverend Snow declared that Marion's cause of death would remain a mystery:
Questions inevitably had to be asked:
[Note: In the William Castle-like narrated prologue and on poster advertisements, the producers promised to pay for the burial of anyone who literally died from fright from watching the film!]:
Eric (John Hudson) Strangling Jenni (Peggy Webber)
Eric Greeted and Attacked by the Skull at the Door and Outside
Rev. Snow (Russ Conway) Discovering Eric's Body in Pond
Ethan Didn't Kill His Comanche-Abducted Niece Debbie, But Returned Her Home
Racially-prejudiced Ethan Edwards' (John Wayne) five-year long vengeful and hateful search for his Indianized-niece Debbie (Natalie Wood) finally ended when he grabbed her and lifted her into the air, as she defenselessly expected him to kill her.
But instead, he lowered her and swept her into his cradling, outstretched arms with the words: "Let's go home, Debbie." After returning to the Jorgensen's pioneer home, the tragic outsider stood for a few moments at the outside of the door as the camera pulled back into the darkened inside of the home - the doorway framing the scene.
Standing with his feet astride in a wide stance, he grasped his right elbow with his left hand, and then decided to remain behind. He turned away, and walked off into the swirling dust, as the door to the family home swung shut on him, making the screen black.
"Let's go home, Debbie."
Final Doorway Image
Sea of Love (1989)
The Killer Was Helen's Ex-Husband Terry, Who Had Stalked and Murdered All of Her 'Lonely-Hearts' Dates
Director Harold Becker's Hitchcock-like, erotic who-dun-it crime thriller told about workaholic, 42 year-old NYC, 20 year-veteran detective/cop Frank Keller (Al Pacino), a divorced man who was investigating a series of 'lonely-hearts' murders by a serial killer.
The film opened with a close-up of a spinning 45 rpm record ("Sea of Love") on a turntable, as a naked man named James Mackey (Brian Paul) appeared to be making love, but then was shown to have a gun pointed at him by an unseen assailant before he was shot dead.
Each of the murder victims was shot in the head and found face-down and naked on a bed, listening to a repetitively-playing 45 rpm record of "Sea of Love" by Phil Phillips ("Come with me to the sea of love. Do you remember when we met?..."). There were various clues:
In order to catch the suspected female killer ("a psycho woman killing guys"), Keller also placed his own lonely-hearts ad in New York Weekly magazine ("Lady- I live alone within myself like a hut within the woods...") and invited each of the female respondents to a restaurant, in an attempt to acquire matching fingerprints.
One of the suspects was a carnal seductress, femme fatale and wicked single mother named Helen Cruger (Ellen Barkin) who worked in a shoe store. Ultimately, Keller fell for her, as she dangerously aroused both his suspicions and lust. They experienced a tense, torrid tryst scene together in his bedroom after late night drinks and became a serious couple, although Frank kept discovering suspicious ties between her and the murders - especially after discovering that she had dated all of the lonely-hearts murdered men when he saw a posting of their circled ads on her refrigerator door.
After he told her "Catch you later," she emerged at his apartment in the middle of the night, appearing from the dark end of his hallway. She wondered whether she had been given the "brush-off." As she played the "Sea of Love" record for him and danced with him, arousing his doubts even further -- he handed her his own gun, asking her to finish him off:
He then ordered her to confess: "Tell me you did it. Tell me why you did it? I want to know everything, all right?" but she was speechless.
In the film's twist ending, Helen's angry 'creep' ex-husband Terry (Michael Rooker) lunged at Frank at his apartment door, screaming:
He was the cable TV man that Frank had questioned as a witness earlier. With gun drawn, Terry ordered Frank face-down on his bed and asked: "Did you have a good time with her last night?...Show me how you did it to her. You show me and I'll let you go...F--kin' bastard!" Frank retaliated and in the struggle and bloody fight, Terry fell to his death after being thrown through the window.
In the denouement, Helen described how she hadn't seen him in about a year, but Frank had learned that Terry had been shadowing Helen for eight months ("She had that nutcase over one shoulder, me over the other") - and had killed all of his ex-wife's 'lonely-hearts' dates (Mr. James Mackey, and Mr. Raymond Brown - and "Frank Kellogg" (Keller) was undoubtedly next).
In the final scene, Frank reconciled with Helen after telling her on the street: "It's killing me not seeing you," and they walked away to get a cup of coffee.
Suspected Killer Helen Cruger (Ellen Barkin)
Cop Frank Keller (Al Pacino) - Ads on Refrigerator Door
Frank Held Face-Down by Killer, Helen's Ex-Husband Terry
Death of Terry (Michael Rooker)
Secret Window (2004)
John Shooter Was One of the Split Dissociative Personalities of Writer Mort Rainey; Rainey Killed the Detective, the Neighbor, and Both His Unfaithful Wife and Her Lover; The Last Two Bodies Were Buried in His Corn Patch
This psycho-thriller adapted from the Stephen King novella "Secret Garden, Secret Window" by director and screenwriter David Koepp, opened with a crucial scene.
Murder and horror story mystery writer Mort Rainey (Johnny Depp) discovered his unfaithful wife Amy (Maria Bello) in bed in Irv's Lakesider Motel with lover Ted Milner (Timothy Hutton). He threatened them with an unloaded gun.
Six months later, Rainey had retreated to his remote, upstate NY, Tashmore Lake cabin, while facing a pending divorce (settlement papers needed his signature) from his estranged wife. He was suffering writer's block (and sloth) when he began receiving repeated, harrassing visits from a mysterious character:
Shooter accused Mort of plagiarism and 'stealing' his 1997 "Sowing Season" story: "You stole my story."
Rainey confirmed that Shooter's story was almost exactly the same as his own late 1994 "Secret Window" story. He also recalled how his wife Amy discovered their home's own secret window: "It's a secret window, and it'll look down on a secret garden." Mort was threatened by the stalker to provide proof of authorship (the original June 1995 Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine publication of Rainey's story with his byline name on the story) within three days.
The first signs of trouble were the bloody death of his dog Chico with a screwdriver, and the arson of his own Riverdale Ave (NYC) house where ex-wife Amy was living. Shooter demanded that Rainey replace the ruined ending:
Rainey suspected that his wife's lover Ted was the one intimidating him: "Maybe that's why the guy calls himself Shooter. Ted wants me to know it's him. He's trying to intimidate me, he's trying to send me a message."
And then there were several more murders - committed by "John Shooter":
Shooter threatened Rainey with violence: ("I will burn your life and every person in it like a cane field in a high wind"). The UPS-delivered Ellery Queen Magazine had pages 83-98 sliced out - the exact location of Rainey's story, another hint about the film's fairly obvious twist --- the deranged and schizophrenic Rainey actually created the character or persona of John Shooter -
Rainey had instructed his demented, invented "Shooter" dissociative personality to kill the dog, commit arson and murder ("You didn't have the stomach to do it yourself, but you knew I did") - and his final task was to "Fix the ending" of his ruined story.
When Amy arrived at the house, she found the word "SHOOTER" carved into his desk, other surfaces, and into the wall (SHOOT-HER) - an expression of his inner desire to murder her. Mort stood threatening her as southern-accented "John Shooter." He pursued her to her car, dragged her back into the house, and stabbed her in the leg with a screwdriver. He stood above her and said that his demented plan was Mort Rainey's idea: "I got a place for you...I got it all picked out." When Ted arrived, "Shooter" killed him with a shovel, and then while narrating the changed ending to his story, he killed Amy (off-screen): "'I know I can do it,' Todd Downey said, helping himself to another ear of corn from the steaming bowl. 'I'm sure that in time, her death will be a mystery even to me'."
Weeks later, the town's Sheriff Newsome (Len Cariou) was suspicious of Rainey, but admitted that he had no proof -- "but eventually, we'll find those bodies. We'll tie you to them, and you're going away." Rainey responded: "The only thing that matters is the ending. It's the most important part of the story, the ending. And this one is very good. This one's perfect."
His revised "perfect" ending mirrored real-life - he had buried Amy and Ted's bodies in the garden of corn outside and below the secret window of his cabin. Their burials were revealed by the film's final tracking shot out the window and into the garden, and the repeated story's ending heard in voice-over (with the additional inserted words: "every bit of her will be gone"):
Rainey crunched into an ear of corn grown in his garden.
John Shooter (John Turturro) with Mort Rainey (Johnny Depp)
With a Dissociative Personality
Rainey as Shooter
The Secret Window
Biting into another Ear of Corn
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