When exactly do Gordon's intentions in The Gift turn into the desire to do harm to Simon?
I just watched this the other night, the timeline is a bit confused in my mind but...
Simon and his wife Robyn run into his old classmate Gordon.
Gordon starts sending them lots of gifts, showing up to their house uninvited, etc. He's coming off as kind of creepy at this point, but hasn't openly shown any bad intentions yet... has he? Can we assume he was making a legitimate attempt to be friends at this point? Or does the movie point to his bad intentions going back even to the start?
At one point he writes his name and number on a marker board on their fridge. During one of his visits he notices his name has been wiped out and replaced with "weirdo", a nickname Simon and other kids used to tease him with back in their school days. He is visibly upset and leaves.
After that point his motives have clearly changed to questionable (though you don't find out a lot of what he did until the end of the movie.) He invites Simon and Robyn to dinner in a house that it turns out isn't his, makes up a lie to get away from them to record how they talk when he isn't around. However, it's still not clear to me if he had anything harmful planned at this point, or was just kind of trying to dig a bit more to see how they really felt about him? While he is gone Simon says a lot of bad stuff about him, which, as he has recorded it, he obviously hears at some point.
After that party ends poorly with Simon telling him to no longer contact him or Robyn, Gordon (presumably) kills the fish he gave them as a present, and (probably?) kidnaps their dog though eventually lets it go unharmed. But he also eventually writes a letter saying that he is willing to let bygones be bygones. Is there any reason to believe that he is considering this at this point? Or was he already scheming?
Robyn gets pregnant somewhere in here. She also starts feeling like she is being stalked, is having trouble sleeping, goes on pills again.
So somewhere in here Simon hunts down Gordon to try to apologize, mostly just because Robyn wants him to. It doesn't go well. I'm a bit confused on the timeline here but Gordon essentially says it is too late, and you learn out later why... he has already put some really bad stuff in motion to harm Simon with. He's clearly committed to this plan at this point.
Anyway, Simon and Robin cut him out of their lives, months pass, everything seems ok until the baby is being born and things get really crazy and then we finally see what exactly Gordon did that was so bad. (I mean, it is purposely left open as to whether he did the REALLY BAD THING he teases Simon with or not, but even if not, he still did some pretty messed up stuff.)
I guess I'm just confused as to when exactly his intentions went from ok (were ever ok?) to questionable to actively scheming to do harm to Simon (with Robyn as the means.)
And there is one specific part of the video he sends to Simon at the end to taunt him with that I can't place on my timeline... a part that shows he is stalking Simon and Robyn and filming them outside of their home. When exactly he started doing this is probably a big clue as to when he crossed into really bad intentions, but I don't really know where it fits on the timeline.