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Tarantino
05-05-12, 01:20 PM
Just wondering what the worst spoilers were for you as movie goers.

My worst was not a movie, but rather a TV show. When I was gearing up for 24 (I think the 5th season), EW ran a side note revealing President Palmer's death. I was pissed to no end.

Some douche also flat out spoiled the ending of I Am Legend the day I was going to see it in theaters.

Groucho
05-05-12, 01:29 PM
I'm still pissed at "Premiere" magazine for running a photo from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves:

Showing Sean Connery's surprise cameo

Crocker Jarmen
05-05-12, 01:30 PM
When the BCC Office Christmas special came out on DVD the back of the box showed Tim and Dawn passionately kissing which kind of took the air out of the tension of their storyline. The ending would have been a lot more powerful had I not already been made aware of the outcome.

I'll never forget the summer of '99, when the previews for Castaway and What Lies Beneath gave away so much I was sitting in the theater feeling like I had already seen the movie.

Groucho
05-05-12, 01:35 PM
Yeah, the first trailer for Cast Away was cool, then they felt the need to follow it up with a new one showing the end of the movie? :hscratch:

And What Lies Beneath didn't give everything away, but it did reveal that a plotline that took over half the film was just a red herring.

And how about the trailer for Arlington Road? The commentary for that film is hilarious, because Jeff Bridges is so pissed that it gave so much away and keeps raving about it.

slop101
05-05-12, 01:38 PM
Watching Godfather (my first time) with my dad (circa 1984), and right when it goes to Jack Woltz before waking up in his bed, my dad says to me "his horse's head is in his bed with him", and I'm like, "gee, thanks dad".

I also got a spoiler for Return of the Jedi, just before it came out, a friend had read the book adaptation, which came out a month or so before the movie and he told me that Luke & Leia were brother & sister.

Mondo Kane
05-05-12, 01:38 PM
*Spoilers galore, of course*

I never saw Usual Suspects in it's theatrical release, but some dumb reporter (The day after The Oscars) said that "Kevin Spacey won the award for playing Keyser Soze!"

The secret of The Crying Game just could NOT be contained.

The Phantom Menace soundtrack-"QGJ's Funeral"

Wasn't it announced to the public that certain characters would die in Star Trek's Wrath of Khan and Generations? I seem to remember already knowing who they were as I was watching those movies for the first time.

DthRdrX
05-05-12, 01:44 PM
The VHS version of I Know What You Did Last Summer had the trailer for I Still Know What You Did Last Summer before the movie. Yes, it gave most of the info on the killer away.

Thankfully I didn't like those movies at all anyway. Just thought it was odd at the time.

islandclaws
05-05-12, 01:46 PM
I still don't recall this, but my friend swears that after Fight Club came out, I told him the twist and claimed it wouldn't ruin the movie for him.

He still tells people that story.

PopcornTreeCt
05-05-12, 02:18 PM
Probably Psycho. I wish I could've watched it without knowing anything.

Shannon Nutt
05-05-12, 02:34 PM
When I was in grade school, a kid spoiled EMPIRE STRIKES BACK for me. Since then, I've been a "first weekend" movie guy for films I really wanted to see.

Shannon Nutt
05-05-12, 02:38 PM
Wasn't it announced to the public that certain characters would die in Star Trek's Wrath of Khan and Generations? I seem to remember already knowing who they were as I was watching those movies for the first time.

Yep, both Spock and Kirk's deaths were well-publicized. However, both movies had scenes early on where the character "dies" (Spock in the simulator test/Kirk in the Enterprise-B), so a lot of people seeing those films thought they had been tricked and the characters weren't really going to die after all. :)

bluetoast
05-05-12, 03:54 PM
The end of The Sixth Sense. The end of season 4 of Dexter (and that was the night it aired, not like it was on DVD or anything).

Groucho
05-05-12, 05:18 PM
The end of season 4 for Dexter was spoiled for me by the actress involved (who wouldn't shut up about it).

arminius
05-05-12, 05:32 PM
*Spoilers galore, of course*

I never saw Usual Suspects in it's theatrical release, but some dumb reporter (The day after The Oscars) said that "Kevin Spacey won the award for playing Keyser Soze!"

The secret of The Crying Game just could NOT be contained.
The Phantom Menace soundtrack-"QGJ's Funeral"

Wasn't it announced to the public that certain characters would die in Star Trek's Wrath of Khan and Generations? I seem to remember already knowing who they were as I was watching those movies for the first time.

Roger Ebert gave the film a four-star rating and described it as one that "involves us deeply in the story, and then it reveals that the story is really about something else altogether."[4] Later, during Siskel and Ebert's annual "Memo to the Academy" program, Gene Siskel gave away the surprise twist of the film while giving his review, which infuriated Ebert.

I never knew that.

Draven
05-05-12, 05:39 PM
It's so dumb, but we were avid 90210 watchers in college. I somehow read on an internet bulletin board (this was in the late 90s) that Rebecca Gayheart's character died about six months before it happened. She married Dylan and throughout the whole courtship I just keep thinking "It's not going to last." It was actually a pretty big twist when it finally happened and it sucked that I knew about it. Of course, it was also just 90210. :)

Since then I'm pretty stringent about spoilers and manage to avoid them for the most part. I try not to get too backed up on my DVR with serialized shows and I see movies I really care about on opening weekend without reading reviews.

MLBFan24
05-05-12, 06:20 PM
Zap2it spoiled Saw III for me. I usually get caught up with each movie via DVD (new movie released in October - I would watch the DVD several months down the road).

Anyways, I was catching up on my Comic Con news. I went to the Comic Con section on Zap2it and in the HEADLINE, they post something along the lines of:

"Jigsaw to return to Saw IV despite dying in III"

So it's not like I wandered into a Saw article. I was just getting my Comic Con updates for the day. Terrible. I hate Zap2it.

My Other Self
05-05-12, 06:23 PM
End of the Sixth Sense.

I didn't get in to the hype when the movie initially came out but when I was in high school a friend of mine spoiled it and from that point I had no interest in ever seeing it.

The Bus
05-05-12, 06:34 PM
<b>The Village</b>, which was still a problem because at that point I liked M. Night's films.

<i>The New York Times</i> always has spoilers in their reviews, so I never read them.

DonnachaOne
05-05-12, 06:41 PM
My sister, flicking channels one day years ago, stopped on The Shawshank Redemption. "You should see this!"
- "Is it far in?"
"No, not at all."

It was two minutes before Andy escapes.

Also, Keyser Soze.

GoldenJCJ
05-05-12, 06:57 PM
I'm pretty good about catching people before they spoil a movie for me but occasionally I get caught of guard by someone blurting out a spoiler before I had a chance to stop them. A couple in recent years are:

The infamous cameo in Zombieland. I think it may have actually been on this forum in a thread that had absolutely nothing to do with Zombieland.

Spiderman 3 Harry's death The fucker who spoiled this blurted it out on opening weekend right after I told him I was planning on seeing it that night!

Boba Fett
05-05-12, 07:16 PM
Battlestar Galactica

I googled Chief Tyrol to find the actor who played him and one auto-complete result was "Chief Tyrol is a Cylon"

mhg83
05-05-12, 07:24 PM
Thanks to the news media, everyone knew the ending to Million Dollar Baby.

Not a show or movie but Book 6 of Harry Potter I read an article in the newspaper Dumbledores murdered by Snape

That one pissed me off to no end.

reubs82
05-05-12, 08:50 PM
Thanks to the news media, everyone knew the ending to Million Dollar Baby.

Not a show or movie but Book 6 of Harry Potter I read an article in the newspaper Dumbledores murdered by Snape

That one pissed me off to no end.

A friend's mom ruined that one for me. I was talking about Sirius's death and how much it bummed me out and she said, But there are pictures of him everywhere, so he'll still be there!

I was not happy with her.

Michael Corvin
05-05-12, 09:21 PM
Thanks to the news media, everyone knew the ending to Million Dollar Baby.

That's a good one. I never had much interest in seeing it, but no I have zero interest. It's also weird that it seemed like everyone was so casual about spoiling this movie for some reason from the moment it came out it seemed.

Boba Fett
05-05-12, 09:39 PM
I will admit Million Dollar Baby saved me a theater ticket; I eventually saw it on DVD and it was as lackluster as it sounded.

Nick Danger
05-05-12, 09:49 PM
"It's his sled!"

I wish I could have seen the move without haven't heard the spoiler over and over from the age of ten.

Alan Smithee
05-05-12, 10:03 PM
I had Citizen Kane spoiled by the song "The Homecoming Queen's Got A Gun" where the ending of the movie is casually mentioned. I had the ending of Planet of the Apes spoiled by the Simpsons episode where they do a musical version, but sort of my fault for not having seen it yet by then anyways.

The first few waves of RCA SelectaVision videodiscs put out in 1981 describe literally the ENTIRE movie on the back covers. Yes, the one for Citizen Kane does give away the ending.

During my projectionist days, there was this weird old guy who subbed for the main projectionist on occasion and for some reason told me how the Robin Williams movie "Father's Day" ended before I had watched it (having to do with who the father really was). Never forgave him for that, even though he's dead now.

And I REALLY hate it when someone tells me the main character dies. Unless they die right at the beginning then the rest of the movie is a flashback, I don't want to know til it happens.

bluetoast
05-05-12, 11:32 PM
Battlestar Galactica

I googled Chief Tyrol to find the actor who played him and one auto-complete result was "Chief Tyrol is a Cylon"

I forgot, I had this spoiled for me too.

Tarantino
05-05-12, 11:45 PM
Thanks to the news media, everyone knew the ending to Million Dollar Baby.

This one was spoiled for me as well, although I don't remember why.

mhg83
05-06-12, 12:16 AM
This one was spoiled for me as well, although I don't remember why.

Terri Schiavo

Shannon Nutt
05-06-12, 08:15 AM
Later, during Siskel and Ebert's annual "Memo to the Academy" program, Gene Siskel gave away the surprise twist of the film while giving his review, which infuriated Ebert.

I never knew that.

I remember this show...there was a huge fight because Siskel asked everyone who didn't want to know the "secret" to turn down the volume on their TV sets...and Ebert went ballistic, yelling "no one is going to turn down their volume!"

arminius
05-06-12, 08:29 AM
I remember this show...there was a huge fight because Siskel asked everyone who didn't want to know the "secret" to turn down the volume on their TV sets...and Ebert went ballistic, yelling "no one is going to turn down their volume!"

I would never have thought that of Siskel. I wonder what his reasoning was.

n.phelge
05-06-12, 11:57 AM
There was a guy I used to work with that would always give away the ending to a movie immediately - someone mentioned they had never seen 12 Monkeys and he said Oh yeah, the one where the guy does time travel and sees himself get shot at the end.

He did the same thing with 6th Sense and just about anything else he had seen. Anytime someone mentioned a movie around him, I would walk away as quickly as possible.

hasslein
05-06-12, 12:32 PM
It was the shot that sold the movie, but I was always irritated The Fugitive trailer included the waterfall shot.

Hokeyboy
05-06-12, 12:55 PM
I'm always bemused by those who don't realize people DVR shows to watch at a later time, or perhaps don't realize that people live on the West Coast and won't get to watch something for another 3 hours or so, and the very second the show ends its "live" broadcast, they jump onto Facebook, Twitter, etc. and proceed to share their shock and awe and joy over that show's rather severe spoiler element.

A really good friend of mine did that with "American Horror Story" last fall. The show ended at, what, 10pm... 10:01 PM on Facebook "OMG I can't believe [so and so] was [massive plot twist]!!! I LOVE American Horror Story!!!" The resulting beatdown was one for the record books. She didn't even do it maliciously or purposely. She was just a dumbass.

TimeandTide
05-06-12, 02:23 PM
Not a spoiler necessarily, but the day after the opening of Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, the kid who sat in front of me in U.S. History class recited the movie's funniest lines word-for-word. Hilarious then, but when I saw the film the next weekend, all the best jokes/sequences had been ruined.

mhg83
05-06-12, 02:31 PM
A really good friend of mine did that with "American Horror Story" last fall. The show ended at, what, 10pm... 10:01 PM on Facebook "OMG I can't believe [so and so] was [massive plot twist]!!! I LOVE American Horror Story!!!" The resulting beatdown was one for the record books. She didn't even do it maliciously or purposely. She was just a dumbass.

Yeah same thing happened with a FB friend with AHS. I and a few others that didn't watch it yet ripped into her. Some other idiot friends defended her with some shit about "It's her wall. She can write whatever she wants" I stopped going on FB till after I finished watching an Episode.

Jon2
05-06-12, 03:11 PM
It was the shot that sold the movie, but I was always irritated The Fugitive trailer included the waterfall shot.

It's been a while since I saw the Fugitive.

Can someone remind me how the waterfall shot spoils anything. :hscratch:

Geddlo
05-06-12, 03:15 PM
My best friend is notorious for spoiling things. I've gotten him to stop saying stuff to me for the most part but he still does it around our other friend. And he doesn't do it on purpose either.

The worst one he spoiled for me, though, was probably SCREAM.

Geddlo
05-06-12, 03:20 PM
It's been a while since I saw the Fugitive.

Can someone remind me how the waterfall shot spoils anything. :hscratch:

wasn't it
the first time Ford and Jones' characters met?

Dr. DVD
05-06-12, 03:36 PM
I actually think that Psycho and Planet of the Apes are the two biggest spoilers ruined by pop culture. Hell, the VHS re-issue of PotA in the late 90s had Heston cowering before the Statue of Liberty on the cover!

While I don't know what this says about me, I never bought Darth Vader as Luke's father until it was confirmed by Yoda in ROTJ. I always considered it the villain trying to screw with the hero. Of course now it's no secret, especially if you watch Star Wars from Phantom Menace.

A big TV and books spoiler for me was

Eddard Stark ruined by an EW article. They had his head covered on one page by a "spoiler alert" bubble. I immediately turned the page to see a photo of Sean Bean on the next with a quote from him saying "Blame George R. R. Martin." I almost didn't see the point of finishing the book, which I was trying to read before watching the show I had DVR'd. Then I realized it was only the first of several long-ass books and was most likely going to be minor compared to what lay ahead. Being on the third book right now, I was right in a major way.

Bobby Shalom
05-06-12, 07:46 PM
Siskel and Ebert gave away the midway twist to Wetherby on At The Movies. I was pretty pissed when I saw the film knowing what was going to happen. I understand being upset by ending spoilers but midway twists deserve to be saved to first viewings as well.

All I can say is god bless next week on: for Madmen, now that's the way to do it!

Bobby Shalom
05-06-12, 07:46 PM
Siskel and Ebert gave away the midway twist to Wetherby on At The Movies. I was pretty pissed when I saw the film knowing what was going to happen. I understand being upset by ending spoilers but midway twists deserve to be saved to first viewings as well.

All I can say is god bless next week on: for Madmen, now that's the way to do it!

Maxflier
05-07-12, 12:12 AM
The worst one I can think of offhand is a guy at work spoiling Trinity dying in the 3rd Matrix movie.
And on the subject of spoilers, I have long since stopped reading the DVD Talk reviews because of reviewewr giving away too much of the plot.

Boba Fett
05-07-12, 12:41 AM
The worst one I can think of offhand is a guy at work spoiling Trinity dying in the 3rd Matrix movie.
And on the subject of spoilers, I have long since stopped reading the DVD Talk reviews because of reviewewr giving away too much of the plot.

I've come to the rule of if it's a plot development that occurs after the first act, I'll be as vague as possible if it must be mentioned. The only time I won't spoil a first act plot point is if it's an unexpected character death from a big name attached to the film or something like that.

hasslein
05-07-12, 11:33 AM
It's been a while since I saw the Fugitive.

Can someone remind me how the waterfall shot spoils anything. :hscratch:

Yes he & TLJ met, but the fact that Harrison Ford jumped!

Ash Ketchum
05-07-12, 12:27 PM
PLANET OF THE APES: Back in 1968 when the film came out, a friend of mine told me the ending, but I completely misunderstood him, thinking he was simply referring to an ape version of the famous landmark. Only when I saw the film and it got to the end did I realize what he meant. So, in this case, it wasn't spoiled for me.

Hokeyboy
05-07-12, 12:28 PM
HOLY CRAP.

I forgot the worst offender of all.

Alias: The Complete Second Season on DVD.

When you put in Disc 1 to start watching, there's a short promo that plays before you get to the Main Menu.

In in that promo they played a one-minute ALIAS promotional reel...

THAT PROCEEDED TO SPOIL EVERY LAST PLOT AND STORY BEAT FROM THE ENTIRE SECOND SEASON!!!

The same very season YOU JUST BOUGHT to watch for yourself.

Every last twist, every last surprise, every last death, every last shocking development, THE SEASON FUCKING FINALE... EVERYTHING.

If I hadn't already seen Season 2, I would have destroyed the entire pigeon population of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin.

bluetoast
05-07-12, 03:17 PM
Oh yeah what sucks is menus....like for The Godfather

Main menu showing him freaking face down dead in the garden. Luckily I didn't notice he was in the shot, since I was looking at the top for some reason and pressed play. Yeah I didn't see it until 2008.

sydonesia
05-08-12, 12:16 PM
EW doing an article about Charlize Theron's role on Arrested Development and revealing the big plot twist a month or so ahead of time (I think unaware that they were spoiling it.)

Rob V
05-08-12, 02:20 PM
Not a big deal, but I hate when local radio hosts or even Howard Stern spoil the previous nights results from reality tv -- specifically The Bachelor or The Apprentice. My wife and I never watch those shows real time so the last thing I want is some bozo telling me the results at 6am.

Michael Corvin
05-08-12, 02:40 PM
Oh yeah what sucks is menus....like for The Godfather


24 is a big offender of the menu spoilers.

Astrofan
05-08-12, 11:59 PM
Roger Ebert gave the film a four-star rating and described it as one that "involves us deeply in the story, and then it reveals that the story is really about something else altogether."[4] Later, during Siskel and Ebert's annual "Memo to the Academy" program, Gene Siskel gave away the surprise twist of the film while giving his review, which infuriated Ebert.

I never knew that.

Siskel was always known for spoiling movies. Though the irony is Ebert was always a close second.

Troy Stiffler
05-09-12, 08:59 AM
I fell asleep during The Usual Suspects and woke up for the last few minutes. I knew little about the movie and wasn't aware of a twist ending.

There was a Ghostbusters cartoon that spoiled Citizen Kane's "sled" ending. But I never really saw "Rosebud" as a spoiler for Citizen Kane. It was just kind of a note. If anything, watching Citizen Kane was more of an explanation for that Ghostbusters episode.

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I read too much about hyped movies sometimes. Like if JGL's role in Batman turns out to be what was said in the Dark Knight Rises thread, it won't be as much fun when it happens. An unpredictable movie is such a wonderful thing.

milo bloom
05-09-12, 10:38 AM
I had The Sixth Sense spoiled for me by the internet, but then a friend who had seen it reassured me that what I had read was bullshit, and I believed her. Shortly after I watched the DVD and the original spoiler was right, and my friend had rescued the movie for me!

Meglos
05-09-12, 10:53 AM
There was a Ghostbusters cartoon that spoiled Citizen Kane's "sled" ending. But I never really saw "Rosebud" as a spoiler for Citizen Kane. It was just kind of a note. If anything, watching Citizen Kane was more of an explanation for that Ghostbusters episode.

Lucy Van Pelt ruined the ending of Citizen Kane for me:

http://i.imgur.com/UZGND.jpg

arminius
05-09-12, 11:01 AM
At what point does a spoiler become history?

Meglos
05-09-12, 11:14 AM
At what point does a spoiler become history?

I'm sorry, Lucy.

conscience
05-09-12, 11:24 AM
I wasn't spoiled by it because i had already seen it when it originally aired, but I would have been pissed if I had seen the back of the season 5 dvd for Six Feet Under...

http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/ciu/9c/31/791e51c88da0add6bf1a2210.L.jpg