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(2003), R

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
September 221, 2003
38 out of 100

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

(2003), R -- Massie has some skeletons in the closet... .

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Cold Creek Manor Productions, Red Mullet Productions, Touchstone Pictures
Distribution (US): Buena Vista Pictures
Director(s): Mike Figgis
Producer(s): Mike Figgis, Richard Jefferies, Lata Ryan, Annie Stewart
Written by: Richard Jefferies
Cinematography/Camera: Declan Quinn
Music: Mike Figgis
Film Editing: Dylan Tichenor
Casting: Robin D. Cook
Production Design: Leslie Dilley
Art Direction: Peter Grundy
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

Copper and Leah Tilson (Dennis Quiad and Sharon Sotne) are fed up with big city life. Copper is a tired filmmaker. Leah is a business force to be reckoned with. Indeed, one business exec "reckons" her into bed with him (off screen) in exchange for a VP position [Mark 7:21], a part that could have been completely deleted with no impact whatsoever.

Copper and Leah haul the kids, Kristen (Kristen Stewart) and Jesse (Ryan Wilson) to Cold Creek Manor in Bellingham, NY. Cold Creek Manor is a stately home fallen into disrepair, but they get it and all the contents in it. Soon, the son, Dale Massie (Stephen Dorff) of the ex-owner of Cold Creek Manor (Christopher Plummer) appears in the manor, standing there as if he was part of the furnishings. After the initial shock to the Tilsons, Massie announces he used to live here: that he is the ex-owner and that Cooper now has all of his stuff, suggesting he wants it back but admits Cooper now owns it. All of it. Tension begins as Cooper finds from the leavings in the house pictures that show that Massie was a husband and a father of two children who have never been found.

Additional [vulgar] pictures found imply to Cooper that Massie is a sexual predator whose wife was quite embittered against him. The pictures were ostensibly with Massie behind the camera taking impolite pictures of his wife in inconvenient moments. Massie's performance with his girlfriend, Ruby (Juliette Lewis) augmented Cooper's impression that Massie was a sexual predator as did Massie's apparent sexual interest in Cooper's 14 year old daughter, Kristen ... another part that could have been completely left out without any loss of story continuity.

Massie also announces he just got out of jail for some traffic manslaughter charge and is looking for a job. Massie says he knows the house better than anyone else in such a way as to imply he has unspoken reasons for being there. All the style of a Hitchcockian thriller builds due to the success of director Mike Figgis to impart the necessary properties of a whodunit thriller. Cooper, being the Samaritan he was, agrees to let Massie be a fixer-upper for the house. A bad decision. Massie has some skeletons in the closet -- err -- in the Devil's Throat. [Eccl. 8:11]

But that is all the plot I will spoil. Now to the main reason most of you visit us.

Foul language is a serious issue with Cold Creek Manor. Nineteen uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary plus 17 uses of the most foul of the foul words including the insulting form of it. There is only one use of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive but 11 uses without it, six times by a teen girl. Since each use of God's name in vain is a sin, letting children use God's name in vain (which includes in the three-syllable sentence with God's name trailing it) invokes Luke 17:2 as well as Duet 5:11.

There is intercourse in this film between Massie and Ruby though it be masked by convenience objects. However hidden it my legalistically appear, the wrecking of the Venetian blinds, the sounds, and the activity mannerisms make it clear what is happening between the unmarried couple. [1Cor. 7:2] Even if they were actually married in real life, it would be just as inappropriate when displayed for 200 million viewers. Other issues of sexual immorality include, in addition to those noted above, still photo nudity, sexual harassment, teen girls in very skimpy swim wear and other issues challenging wholesome morality. [Gal. 5:19, Ps. 12:8]

The listing in the Findings/Scoring section provides all that was noted.

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  • Mark 7:21 For from within, out of men's hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, ...
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain [shav' {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity]: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. [With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or thoughtful discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it.]
  • 1Cor. 7:2 But since there is so much immorality, each man should have his own wife, and each woman her own husband.
  • Gal. 5:19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; ...

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it]. [I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change [warp, distort, falsely represent, situationally redefine, counterfeit, conditionally apply] the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.


    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.


    Cold Creeek Manor (2003) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • fighting, some quite graphic
  • a man striking a woman with his fist
  • harassment/stalking, repeatedly
  • attempted murder, repeatedly
  • decayed bodies
  • arson
  • breaking and entering
  • trashing private property
  • assault with bodily harm
  • threat to kill two
  • assault with intent to kill
  • action violence
  • defensive killing

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 19 uses of the three.four letter word vocabulary
  • 17 uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • teen arrogance toward parents, repeatedly
  • vulgar gesture
  • lies to protect
  • teen eavesdropping on parents
  • lying to humor senile father
  • father belittling son

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • man and woman in bed together
  • excessive cleavage
  • painting of nudity
  • still photos of nudity
  • sexual harassment
  • inappropriate touch
  • camera angle for force viewer on private parts, repeatedly
  • intercourse (nudity hidden)
  • crude still photos
  • teen girls in very skimpy swim wear
  • woman on man in underwear
  • adult in underwear
  • adultery, implied by admission
  • adult sexual interest in teen girl

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • smoking, repeatedly
  • drinking
  • booze
  • runkenness, repeatedly

    Offense to God (O)
  • one use of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and 11 without
  • evil poem of devil things by child

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • murder of father by son - suffocation

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