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The Haunting (1999), (PG-13)
CAP Score: 58
CAP Influence Density: 1.31
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*The Haunting* (PG-13) -- a standard spook story with modern technology.

Modern technology was used to the max to make even more invasive than ever before the portrayal of unholy presences, possessions, manipulations, and manifestations. Some great special fx by computer, but that is what made this movie so spiritually invasive. Everything unreal is being made to look real and touchable. This movie is replete with portrayal of unholy manifestations, possessions, and manipulations.

Six uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary plus 29 uses of God's name in vain, all without the four letter expletive. A heavy dose of violence to be sure, particularly in explosive startles and ominous invisible threats. But the scenes of a woman hanging by the neck and the beheading of a man with the head bouncing off made this flick entirely outside of the ability of some or even many younger viewers to handle. Provocative dress, cleavage, and lesbian references (no nudity) gave a clearly gratuitous sexual tint to the movie. But the strongest influence in this was clearly the unholy spiritual aspects.

So many of our visitors seem to be relying only on this Summary/Commentary for a full accounting of the subject movie. This is not possible. For the best representation of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model applied to this movie, visit the Findings/Scoring section below.

FINDINGS / SCORING: The Hauntung (1999) CAP Thermometers

NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below are likely.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • family argument over will in front of child
  • pictures of dementia
  • perceived threat with meat cleaver
  • face laceration
  • ominous invisible threat
  • explosive startles
  • bloody footprints
  • a woman hanging by the neck
  • a skeleton jumping out at the viewer
  • intentional car wreck
  • beheading
  • bleeding injury

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • Six uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • child mischief by disregard for private property

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • statue nudity
  • admission of bisexuality
  • adult underwear
  • sexual comments
  • provocative dressing
  • excessive cleavage and breast exposure

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • "I need a drink" after a fright
  • dinner booze

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • 29 uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive
  • "That is why God made barbiturates"
  • unholy artwork and story with it
  • relief imagery of unholy manifestations
  • many graphic unholy/evil presences, manifestations, possessions, and manipulations/attacks
  • calling on statues to come to life

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • none noted

    (1) As noted in CAP Special Report-001, "Investigation Area and Scoring Trend," of the six CAP Investigation Areas, Impudence/Hate was the strongest presence in all four movie classifications. It has a strong revelation about the entertainment media.

    (2) The use of the three/four letter word vocabulary without God's name in vain is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the four letter expletive is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area. There is no duplication. As required of the Holy Scriptures, unless God's name is used with reverence to His glory and praise, its use is considered in vain.

    (3) Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Portrayal of attempts to commit murder or suicide and deaths by police action or war are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.

    Additional reviews of this movie may be located at "Movie Review Query Engine at Telerama."

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