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Entertainment Media Analysis Report

In Dreams (1999), R
CAP Score: 44, CAP ID: 1.61

Thomas A. Carder
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"In Dreams" -- unholy dreams. Not a family show. Unless you enjoy watching a dog eat the rotting flesh off a decomposing corpse. Twice in this movie a woman tried to commit suicide -- a fine thing for the impressionable to watch. Children spoke underwater, were terrorized and, though not seen, were killed in this show. Unholy spirituality covered the choreography like checkers on a checkerboard. Kidnapping, child drowning, and bizarre happenings made this horror flick particularly difficult. The theme was dark for about three fourths of the movie. Darkness presented itself in unholy prophecy, evil whispers, and unholy possessions of people. This movie was particularly effective in imparting an impression of the power of darkness. Nowhere was found the supremacy of God's Power and Authority. Not once did this investigator notice anyone calling on His name for rescue, restoration, or even relief. There was not the typical good against evil. Just man against evil, rather, woman against evil: the mother of one of the murdered children who foresaw her daughter's murder and that of others.

FINDINGS / SCORING: In Dreams (1999) CAP Thermometers

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) lost intermediate level points eleven times due to knife threat to a child by child with a real knife (even if in a school play), terror of kidnapping, a drowning child calling for "Mommie," a suicide attempt by drowning, children speaking underwater, attempted suicide by cutting wrists, a series of car wrecks, a man hitting a woman with a can of food. Wanton Violence/Crime lost maximum level points once due to a dog eating the flesh off a decomposing dead man.

Impudence/Hate (I)(1) lost no intermediate points but lost maximum level points 22 times due to the use of the most foul word of the three/four letter word vocabulary.

Sex/Homosexuality (S) lost intermediate level points twice due to sexual intercourse and a man and woman in bed together, kissing resulting in a bit lip with blood. Sex/Homosexuality lost no maximum level points..

Drugs/Alcohol (D) lost no intermediate nor maximum level points.

Offense to God (O)(2) lost maximum level points once due to the use of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive.

Murder/Suicide (M)(3) lost intermediate level points twice due to graphic murder by screwdriver and gunfire, and lost maximum level points once due to a graphic murder by impalement in the eye.

Other examples of entertainment ignominy, each warranting the loss of the minimum point level, included

  • adult underwear
  • inappropriate touching
  • unseen child murders/deaths
  • husband/wife arguments
  • unholy movements, actions, and behavior
  • evil background sounds
  • threat to kill
  • drinking of booze to ease troubles
  • unholy prophecies
  • eight uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive
  • ten uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • evil whispers
  • unholy possessions
  • threat with firearm
  • claim of hauntings
  • dead body
  • grabbing a woman's leg to abduct
  • gunfire injury
  • threat with sickle
  • a fall off a dam
  • graphic nightmares
  • unholy forces

    (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 is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the three/four letter word vocabulary 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, whether literal or euphemistic.

    (3) Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Presentation 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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