I surprisingly enough just saw this movie for the first time tonight. The DVD had been at the top of my want list for over a year but I'd only gotten around to picking it up this week - What an amazing film! Anyways, what I really want to talk about is what the hell was going on in this movie... I understood the general premise of what happened and all factors leading up, but there were so many subtle symbolic images and indirect referances of which I couldn't quitre associate the meaning that left me utterly confused. What do you guys think happened in this film, what did the blood on the picture slide at the beginning of the film reflect if nothing more than John's premonition that his daughter was dying? It was revisited a couple of times throughout the film in montage sequences. Also, can anyone please explain who "Angus" was in Catholic religion and what the meaning of that scene between Julie and the two old ladies represented? It seemed like some sort of foreshadowing but being that I do not follow religion very strictly (or at all), it was missed on me. Same with the painting of the two woman and the baby hanging on the wall (I assume Angus was the baby)? Also the priest working with John seemed to be shot in a foreboding manner for the most part of the film. I'm not quite sure if this was done to give the audience an overall greater sense of angst and discomfort as to how the plot was unraveling or if there was any merit to that? The two older ladies were also reflected in the same contect as we revisit their ominous laughter in several montage sequences. What role did the priest play throughout the film and what was his involvement in the buildup to the final scene? Finally, what was the signifigance of the dwarf? The similarities and contrast to John's daughter are obvious, but why this dwarf? There seems to be some parallel drawn with the shot of John clinging to the gargoyle figure in the church. Do you feel there is any subjective meaning or was it just shock-value and horror? How much of this took place in John's head? What do you gusy feel the overall theme of the movie was?