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(2003), R

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
November 21, 2003
35 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 -- ...not a story with which the uninformed and unarmored should mess.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Dark Castle Entertainment, Columbia Pictures Corporation, Warner Bros.
Distribution (US): Warner Bros.
Director(s): Mathieu Kassovitz
Producer(s): Don Carmody, Melina Kevorkian, L. Levin, Susan Levin, Richard Mirisch, Steve Richards, Joel Silver, Gary Ungar, Robert Zemeckis, Jefferson Richard
Written by/Screenplay: Sebastian Gutierrez
Cinematography/Camera: Matthew Libatique
Music: John Ottman
Film Editing: Yannick Kergoat
Casting: Andrea Kenyon, Marci Liroff
Production Design: Graham 'Grace' Walker
Art Direction: Isabelle Guay

In Gothika, Halle Berry shows us she is not just a pretty face but has talent, intelligence and skill. Too bad it is an R-rated feature. Berry did what the role required. I suspect she is capable of more but she did a good job with what she had to work with -- a standard horror flick.

Dr. Miranda Grey (Halle Berry), a staff psychiatrist at Woodward Penitentiary hospital for criminally insane women in Connecticut becomes what may, by this movie, be the predecessor for a crusader to avenge they who are victimized or killed by unholy agents.

After one of Miranda's infuriating sessions with patient Chloe Sava (Penelope Cruz), a woman who insists she has repeatedly been raped by Satan, Miranda had to take a detour home due to a huge storm-induced sink hole in the highway. Miranda was on her way home to her husband, Dr. Doug Grey (Charles Dutton), the director of the Woodward Penitentiary. In her path to get out of the hospital was Dr. Pete Graham (Robert Downey Jr.), one of the leading psychiatrists on the Woodward staff. Just so you'll know, a psychologist has a degree in psychology but a psychiatrist is also a medical doctor. Graham was one of the best. He was also one who had adulterous interests in Miranda.

On the detour in the rainstorm, Miranda nearly crushed young Rachel Parsons (Kathleen Mackey) who has been dead for four years, standing in the middle of the road just after an old wooden bridge. (No, Rachel wasn't sitting on a huge black horse holding a flaming jack-o-lantern.) After extricating herself from her mostly wrecked car, Miranda tried to help Rachel but got something unexpected for her efforts. In a flash of unholy flame, Miranda received from Rachel a possession, a spiritual possession.

Next we see Miranda jailed in her own hospital. She remembers nothing after nearly hitting the young lady but has been convicted of murdering her husband, Doug ... with an axe. Her torment increases with each new manifestation of the evil possession in her. Miranda's life slowly becomes a bitter and violent nightmare from which she cannot awaken.

I cannot afford the time to build the summary of the plot any further. Please trust that it is not a story with which the uninformed and unarmored should mess. There is not one holy thing about it. Indeed, there is nothing of Phil. 4:8 to be found in Gothika. It would be ill-advised to honor such as entertainment and to find pleasure in it [2 Tim. 3:1 - 2].

Though bad enough, the use of foul language was not as severe as was expected but unholy matters saturate this film. Sexually, this film was vile with scenes of many women taking a shower in prison, scenes of sadomasochistic torture and murder and other issues of sexual immorality [1Ths. 4:2-5]. Violence was as plentiful as salt on popcorn [Ps. 147:6]. the Findings/Scoring section provides an itemization of the findings.

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  • 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.
  • 2 Tim. 3:1 - 2 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, ... [To let this genre of "entertainment" consume you is to invite the wrath of God. God says things will be this way in the end times, but He also warns they who bring it. [Isa. 5:20; Matt. 18:7]]
  • Isa. 5:20 Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.
  • Matt. 18:7 Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to sin! Such things must come, but woe to the man through whom they come!
  • 1Ths. 4:2-5 For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus. It is God's will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his [or her] own body [which includes control of drives, touching, seeking, lusting (even after images), promiscuity, etc.] in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God;
  • Ps. 147:6 The LORD lifteth up the meek: he casteth the wicked down to the ground.

    ***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.


    Gothika (2003) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • lust for killing
  • threat to kill
  • near hit of pedestrian
  • spontaneous human combustion, twice
  • flash horror, twice
  • flashes of gore
  • attack with blade with injuries
  • flask killing gore
  • breaking and entering
  • explosive startle
  • assault
  • aiding in unlawful escape
  • high speed near miss
  • gore, graphic
  • woman in tub of blood
  • sexual assault
  • gunfire to kill, repeatedly
  • human incineration
  • defensive gunfire killing
  • smoldering body

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • one use of the most foul of the foul words
  • 15 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • lie

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • open face kissing
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure, repeatedly
  • multiple full female nudity (prison shower scene with action violence included), repeatedly
  • massive tattoo on female privates
  • talk of lust
  • camera angle for force viewer on private parts, repeatedly
  • vulgar talk
  • ghosting of female anatomy through clothing, repeatedly
  • below navel skin
  • sadism paraphernalia
  • additional female nudity
  • lesbian touch

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • smoking

    Offense to God (O)
  • talk of rape possession sensuously
  • "I'm God"
  • Unholy presence, repeatedly
  • unholy manifestation, repeatedly
  • portrayal of unholy possession, graphic, repeatedly
  • dead walking, repeatedly
  • talk of rape by Satan, repeatedly
  • unholy manifestations with injury, repeatedly
  • "It's good to be God"
  • communication with and by the dead
  • unholy images in tattoo, repeatedly

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • rape murder
  • axe murder

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    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." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of 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.

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