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Here are 8 things about the movie 'Donnie Darko' before you see it again

"Donnie Darko"
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In 2001 a movie hit theaters that was not only haunting, but severely confusing, which quickly propelled it into a cult standing among nerds and movie buffs worldwide.

“Donnie Darko” celebrates its 15th anniversary this year and FilmOut will have a special screening on Wednesday, April 15 at the Hillcrest Landmark Theater beginning at 7 pm.

The time travel/horror movie follows Donnie Darko (Jake Gyllenhaal) of the title as he tries to figure out why he is being pursued by a tall, grotesque rabbit who calls himself Frank.

Frank tells Donnie that the world will end in 28 days, and then begins to control his thoughts.

Through the course of the movie and many bewildering plot developments, the audience ends up with more questions than answers.

The movie is filled with plenty of Easter eggs, or unexpected clues to help the viewer unravel the mystery. However it is the book The Philosophy of Time Travel, written by Roberta Sparrow, which has been said to give the best explanation its enigma; ; if only it existed in real-life.

Before you head out to theater to see this masterpiece for the first time, or the eighth time, we have compiled some trivia provided by IMDb to help you fill your thinking cap along the way.

  • Jake Gyllenhaal uses the strategy of rarely blinking to enhance his psychotic creepiness (as he is driven by Frank).


  • At the start of the movie, when Donnie rides his bicycle back into town, right after he passes the two ladies out "powerwalking", its actually Frank passing by in his red Trans Am.


  • The scene where Donnie corrects Gretchen was improvised because the actress could not say the name Prof. Kenneth Monnitoff correctly.


  • This is Seth Rogen's feature film debut.


  • Frank says the world will end in "28 days 6 hours 42 minutes 12 seconds." That figure is not random: it comes from adding or subtracting 1 from each part of the figure 27d 7h 43m 11s, which is the precise length of one lunar month (by one of the less-used definitions - sidereal instead of the usual synodic).

  • At the wrap party for the film, Seth Rogen and Jake Gyllenhaal agreed that they had no idea what the movie was about.
  • The main bully is named Seth Devlin, which sounds like devil. A sticker inside his locker reads: "What would Satan do?"
  • Patrick Swayze wore his own clothes from the 1980s for the film.

"Donnie Darko," The Theatrical Cut, 15th Anniversary, will be screening on Wednesday, April 13 at 7 pm at the Hillcrest Cinemas - Landmark Theatres located at 3965 5th Ave. San Diego, CA 92103

  • For tickets, click HERE.