Surprisingly Complex: Sauna
I haven't read too much of what people see in this movie, but I have some points I want to make. If you haven't seen the movie, two things: 1) I recommend it. 2) Spoiler alert.
First off, seeing is a major part of this movie. It may sound weird, but I'll explain. One of our two main characters, Erik Spore, can't see well. He is a veteran of the 25-year war between Sweden and Russia, during which he killed 72 people. His eyesight was bad, so our other main character, Knut Spore, brought him glasses.
|Glasses make a badass even more badass|
There's also one of the greatest lines I've ever heard in a movie (It may be because it's in my own language), it cannot be translated completely, because Finnish has weird quirks in it. "Darkness doesn't bend. It bends (you)." It sounds silly if said that way, but it was said when Erik was explaining how glasses work. "It bends the light." he says. And the only answer he gets is that. It doesn't mean darkness cannot be won, it means, that those glasses on his head won't help him see in darkness. Where he metaphorically seeing, already is. He thinks he sees, but he only sees the darkness, and as we all know, we don't see in the dark. He's been blinded, made to kill, and it has become his only way of dealing with things. He has killed so much that he starts to see dead people in the water.
|Oh Knut what have you done?|
We see people covering their faces a few times during the movie, most noticeable are the cellar-girl and the little girl in the town. The little girl is actually not from the town, she's a spirit, who only those who have sinned can see. There are only three people who she's shown interact with. The brothers, and the old guy who dies in the shack. We can thus say that the old guy had some bones to bury himself. How do I know? Well, they say in one part that one middle-aged woman there is the youngest in the town. That should pretty much say that she's a spirit. She dies in the end, and as she is the spirit, she's not one of those who must die. The only ones who must die are the 73 people of the town and Erik, where as Knut as the killer is the 75th. The Russians were just collateral damage.
|Sometimes death is the only redemption|
So, now to the killcount. 73... 73 people had Erik killed in cold blood during his life. 73rd was the first innocent, and that's why he's haunted. His mind said he had an axe, even though he didn't. He killed an innocent man, and now he must pay. But one is not enough. One bad one taints all the rest. But two bad ones? That taints everyone involved. The 74th was the cellar-girl. The second innocent. The darkness, which actually does not come from the Sauna, but from the inside, makes Knut insane and makes him pay the price of 74 lives and his own. 74 come from the deaths he and his brother have caused, and the 75th comes from Knut trying to deny his sin.
In the end the spirit is killed by the faceless man, and Erik is killed by Knut. Before that, Erik says that he sees well in the sauna even without his glasses. This is because the sauna is a place where sins are washed away. Before he must pay the price, he must be cleansed.
Great horror flick, great symbolism.