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Lost Souls (2000), (R)
CAP Score: 46
CAP Influence Density: 1.03

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NOTE: The CAP Analysis Model makes no scoring allowances for trumped-up "messages" to excuse or for manufacturing of justification for aberrant behavior or imagery, or for camouflaging such ignominy with "redeeming" programming. Disguising sinful behavior in a theme or plot does not excuse the sinful behavior of either the one who is drawing pleasure from the sinful display or the practitioners demonstrating the sinful behavior. This is NOT a movie review service. It is a movie analysis service to parents and grandparents to tell them the truth about movies using the Truth. If you do not want the plot, ending, or "secrets" of a movie spoiled for you, skip the Summary/Commentary. In any case, be sure to visit the Findings/Scoring section -- it is purely objective and is the heart of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model applied to this movie

"There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." [Emphasis is mine] And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I aplaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our five-year study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.


*LOST SOULS* (R) -- dreams about "XES."

The character of focus in this demonic film [Ps. 101:3] Peter Kelson (Ben Chaplin), a noted nonfiction writer of murder stories, has dreams about "XES." The dreams are not about sex though his history involves incest and mismatch of blood types between those who claim to be his parents. Hmmm. If his father's blood type could not possibly have sired Kelson, who did? In accordance with the show, "XES" are the Greek letters for 600, 60, and 6, the mark of he who was supposed to be Kelson's "father." Though I do not know if XES are the Greek letters for that number, they paint the picture for this picture [3 John 11]. Another exorcism show with much dark and evil dreamlike (or nightmare-like) material in the vein of *The Exorcist* but not as colorful.

Maya Larkin (Winona Ryder), being the victim of a possession and successful exorcism excursion is recruited by Father Lareaux (John Hurt) to help perform an exorcism on serial killer Henry Birdson (John Diehl). Together with Lareaux's associate, Father Frank (Brian Reddy) and deacon John Townsend (Elias Koteas), Father Lareaux and Larkin do their best to kick out the demon in Birdson. But things do not go well. Father Lareaux ends up in the hospital and Birdson is still possessed.

Father Lareaux is convinced that the antiChrist is about to make his debut. Though I noted nothing to indicate Father Lareaux suspected the possession of Birdson to have any connection with the coming of the antiChrist, during the exorcism they find indications that Satan will soon possess a human to form the antiChrist. Larkin finds some writings of Birdson's which are nonsensical on the surface -- just pages of numbers. The numbers are all 26 or less. After scrutinizing and rescrutinizing, marking and marking off, compiling and recompiling, Larkin finds a message in the matrix of numbers in Birdson's writings. The message confirms the coming antiChrist and identifies who it will be -- Peter Kelson. And get this! The possession will happen on Kelson's 33rd birthday. Sounds to me to be a mockery of Jesus being crucified when He was 33 years old. I suppose it is connective with the script line "They've had their 2000 years. Now it's our turn." [Phil. 4:8]

Of course, Kelson does not believe he is about to be possessed. He doesn't even believe in God. Larkin must convince Kelson that the threat is real, but it takes a series of odd and evil events and "visions" to convince him of the reality of the threat. Now larking is bent on finding a way to stop the possession. And that she does -- by killing him -- at his request [Deut. 5:17, Rev. 11:7].


  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • 3 John 11 Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God.
  • Ps. 101:3 I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes:
  • Phil. 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
  • Deut. 5:17 Thou shalt not kill.
  • Rev. 11:7 Now when they [two prophets, probably Moses and Elisha] have finished their testimony [1,260 days of prophesying], the beast that comes up from the Abyss [the antiChrist] will attack them, and overpower and kill them. ***I add this verse to remind us that Satan WILL be among us one day, that man will NOT be able to stop it even by murder, no matter what the movies say (and to see if the adversarial website visitors read this part).***


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.

    FINDINGS / SCORING: Lost Souls (2000) CAP Thermometers

    NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below may be likely, definitely when plural.

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • two graphic violent exorcisms
  • threat with knife to the eyes and other knife threats
  • firearm attempted murder and other threats with firearms
  • story of suicide
  • fighting
  • assault of a woman
  • leaving the scene of an accident
  • breaking and entering
  • knife attack
  • gunfire death (self defense
  • begging to be murdered to prevent possession

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • three uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • two uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • tantrum

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • "Robert has a crush on you" homosexual insult
  • cohabitation

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • smoking
  • booze
  • drinking

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • suggestions of evil control
  • evil symbolism
  • "Good and evil are only illusions"
  • unholy manifestations
  • "Je-sus is de-ad" repeatedly by a child
  • A statue of the crucifixion being broken, causing Jesus to hand upside down with an open-eyed expression of horror
  • portrayal that a pentacle has evil power
  • portrayal of demonic possessions
  • "They've had their 2000 years. Now it's our turn."
  • a digital clock showing "666"

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • graphic gunfire murder; shot to the head and chest

  • (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.

    (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.

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