A contrivance is when a plot development does not respect causality within the confines of the narrative
But what I'm saying is the basic premise of that narrative itself is highly improbable and contrived. It's you who doesn't seem to grasp this. Just how likely is it that there's a serial killer on the rampage in Venice who, from a distance, looks like Christine, causing John to pursue it? It doesn't matter if he has premonitions or not, such a scenario is just wildly improbable, nothing but a painfully transparent plot-device. And even if you can buy into that, why is the dwarf necessarily so nightmarishly ugly, like one of Satan's minions? That's just cheap, purely aesthetical choice to get a knee-jerk reaction, and has no intrinsic significance at all. B-grade stuff.
the events at the end of the film cause the events earlier in the films
How do you mean? That John followed the killer who he imagines to be the reincarnate image of his dead daughter, getting his neck slashed ... is what causes Christine to drown?
3 years ago
You make a good point. Why the connection between Christine and John’s unusual murderer?
On a creep-out level I like the way the dwarf shakes its head as if to say ‘You thought I was your dead daughter didn’t you? Wrong’ *slash*
But it seems massively contrived for both John’s child and murderer to be three foot females wearing a red hooded coat, and it’s legit to ask - is that purely there for maximum WTF shock value at the end..?