A Guide to Numerology and the Apocalypse; Also the 11-11-11 Teaser
It's possible that 11-11-11, which the trailer proudly proclaims is from the director of Saw II, III and IV, will be one of the most terrifying movies ever made. That is, until about nine months from now when November 11, 2011 comes and goes with no major apocalyptic events taking place. Unless...some sort of terrifying gate to hell or a demon world is actually going to open before the end of the year? Before this trailer, I didn't even know it was a possibility! Surely we have at least a year and a half before we have to make peace with loved ones and deities, right? This calls for some numerology research.
According to Wikipedia:
Numerologists believe that events linked to the time 11:11 appear more often than can be explained by chance or coincidence. This belief is related to the concept of synchronicity. Other authors believe it is an auspicious sign, and others that it signals a spirit presence. The belief that it has mystical powers has been adopted by believers in New Age philosophies. However, skeptics say that Uri Geller's examples of 11:11 phenomenon in world events are examples of post-hoc reasoning and confirmation bias.
Alright, thanks for nothing, Wikipedia. Metaphysical numerologists Scott Petullo and Stephen Petullo are equally vague, though they expend about 1,000 more words. Example sentence: "Number 11 demands that one lives their light, no matter how 'good' or 'bad' that light might seem to society." Though they do point out that Leonardo DiCaprio, Gene Wilder and George Patton all have "heavy 11 energy," which I did not know!
I went a little further and dug into what the preview identifies as "the 11:11 phenomenon," in which people can't stop seeing the number 11. According to 1111Spiritguardians.com, these are just transmissions from "a group of just 1,111 fun-loving Spirit Guardians, or Angels..." Doesn't sound too scary to me! Light Worker/Spirit Master Gary L. Johnson insists that 11-11-11 is simply the date where we will mutate from our "3rd dimensional human body into a 5th dimensional Lightbody much like a caterpillar into a butterfly." He has a book he would like to sell you that explains this. Finally, Uri Geller says, "11 isn't just a precursor to danger etc - it's the whole point! 1+1 = 2 - unity, togetherness, peace."
Alright, enough. I honestly can't find much about the apocalypse in relation to this number, though I'm not really sure that I can honestly give these theories any credence while dismissing the hypothesis that a gate of hell will open with demons and burning, screaming children abound. They all seem equally (in)plausible to me.
Verdict: If the film is released before November 2011, I will watch it!