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|“||I'm going to make you beg for death. First, I'm gonna kill you.||„|
|~ The Cusp|
The Cusp (real name: Duncan) is a twisted, sociopathic serial killer whose modus operandi is murdering his victims and then revives them back to life only to repeat the tormenting process, until they beg to die, and he is the main antagonist of The Cell 2, a 2009 direct-to-video sequel from the 2000 psychological sci-fi thriller film The Cell. He was portrayed by Frank Whaley.
The Cusp randomly chooses which victim to kidnap and takes them back to his lair to begin his sadistic work: locked safe box-like objects on his victims' heads, murders them and then revives them, then repeat the whole over and over until they beg for death to come to them. His first victim, psychic investigator Maya Casteneda, survives and is bent on revenge. After she is tapped by the FBI, Maya realizes the only way to locate The Cusp is by entering his mind. But if she dies there, she will also die in real life.
She discovers that the Cusp is an officer named Duncan who has been working with the authorities using the same experimental virtual reality technology used by child psychologist Dr. Catherine Deane on her patients and even on deceased serial killer Carl Rudolph Stargher. In the end, after she was trapped in his mind and her own memories in the form of square-shaped mirror-like objects attacked and shattered by Duncan who used her fears against her, Maya then dragged Duncan into her own mind and exploit his own fear of the dark while the detective Harris who aids her in the case, kills Duncan. This was the end of the Cusp.