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Jennifer Lopez wanted the costumes to be comfortable to wear. Costume designer Eiko Ishioka advised Lopez to feel uncomfortable because her character, Catherine, is "tortured".
The scene where Peter Novak first enters the mind of Carl Stargher, and is confronted by three females with open mouths to the sky is based on the painting "Dawn" by Norwegian painter Odd Nerdrum.
In the scene where Catherine talks with Carl while he is "cleaning" his first victim, the scenery resembles the music video "Losing My Religion" by R.E.M.; that video was directed by this film's director, Tarsem Singh.
The scene in which the horse is cut into segments suspended in glass cases is inspired by the work of British artist Damien Hirst (e.g., the installation "Some Comfort Gained from the Acceptance of the Inherent Lies in Everything").
Director Tarsem Singh asked Tara Subkoff during her interview if she could swim, to which she responded that she could and that she had been a lifeguard. It turned out that she could not go under water without holding her nose. Singh would have switched her role with Catherine Sutherland, but it was too late and there was not enough money or time to re-shoot.
The scene when Catherine Deane is chasing Carl through a stone hallway, right before she enters the room with the horse, is based on a painting by Swiss surrealist H.R. Giger called "Schacht".
The exterior outside the conference hall, where Catherine first sees the video of a drowning girl, is Mies Van der Rohe's 1929 Barcelona Pavilion.
Hypomelanosis is a rare condition with areas of the body lacking much skin color (hypopigmentation) in patches, streaks or spirals (whorls). Neurologic findings associated with it can include seizures, developmental delays, and scoliosis.
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Named by Roger Ebert as one of his top-ten films of 2000
This was the last time Jennifer Lopez would star in a sci-fi horror motion picture.


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The last scene of the film in the desert was originally an earlier scene in the film depicting another one of Catherine's therapy sessions with Edward. Later when director Tarsem Singh decided the film needed closure on Edward's story he had digital snow and cherry blossoms added to the scene to make it look like it was part of "Catherine's world".
The actor who plays the doctor who diagnoses the serial killer with schizophrenia, is the same actor who has schizophrenia in the movie "Identity".

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