I was just wondering, why isn't Jean, the 4th ghost, violent? The psychic said that all the ghosts are violent because they died a violent death and that's why Cyrus wanted them, so why is she the only one who isn't violent?

  • Changed the title just in case, as I'm not sure if the name of Arthur's wife is mentioned before the reveal about her role as one of the ghosts.
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Jul 24 '13 at 7:47
  • As a note, this exact question was also asked on Movie Mistakes. Jul 24 '13 at 15:04
  • Based on the title, I am shocked this isn't a question about Pac-Man.
    – Roger
    Sep 24 '19 at 21:21

I believe that it had to do with her connection to them, since she was their mother/wife. None of the characters shared any similar connection to the ghosts.

Also, Jean is the only one that died in a non-violent, non-demeaning manner. Yes, she died in a fire, but she was saving her family, not trying to murder them.

  • "Jean is the only one that died in a non-violent, non-demeaning manner." - That is true, yet in this case she wouldn't even work at all as a ghost for driving the machine. (In the end I guess they (the filmmakers) just needed an additional connection to the family, while still not depicting her as evil).
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Jul 24 '13 at 14:01

13 ghosts are required to make a dark Zodiac. As in the zodiac there are 12 zodiac signs, which says that every member who belongs to that sign has some specific traits. Similarly, we can assume that the 13 ghosts required for making Dark zodiac should also have different traits. For example, the 13th ghost is Arthur, whose soul is required, but he is also nonviolent.

Most of the ghost are violent, but they have their own traits that make them different from each other. The The Withered Lover is a spirit made of sacrifice, so she doesn't have any vengeance towards anybody, which made her nonviolent.

  • "So The Withered Lover is a spirit made of sacrifice" - In which way did she die out of sacrifice? She burned in their house but I'm not sure it's mentioned anywhere that she sacrificed herself for something or somebody in that fire. Sacrifice was the role of Arthur to take.
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Sep 17 '13 at 8:50
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    @ChristianRau she sacrificed herself in saving her family from fire. Sep 17 '13 at 9:56

As is stated on Wikipedia, ghost #4 is called The Withered Lover ...

It is written as such:

The Withered Lover is Jean Kriticos, Arthur's wife. She was burned severely while saving her family from a devastating house fire, and died of her wounds in the hospital. Her ghost initially appears in a hospital gown, hooked up to an IV pole and showing severe burns on her face. However, after the destruction of the machine, her ghost is wearing her normal clothes and her burns have vanished. Unlike the other ghosts, she is not a vengeful spirit and tries to help her family.

  • Yet this doesn't really answer the actual question of why she behaves this way, while still having been chosen a a ghost for the machine (which Dennis describes as violent spirits).
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Jul 24 '13 at 14:03

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