Nobody likes spoilers unless they are the ones giving them. Directors go to extreme lengths to conceal their movie plots and twists. However, it is getting more and more challenging with the expansion of the internet and social media. You just open your Instagram or Twitter and someone has already spilled the beans. Raise your hands if you unfriended someone for giving away “Game of Thrones” or “Avengers: Endgame” spoilers. But what happens when movies reveal their plots in the posters itself? There are many instances when directors and production studios gave spoilers of their own films. Here are 10 famous studios that spoiled their movies before release.
The Sixth Sense
One of the greatest movies in history accidentally gave away its biggest plot twist. “The Sixth Sense” was about a child psychologist Malcolm treating a young boy who could communicate with spirits. Spoiler Alert! Malcolm died in the movie. But the soundtrack had already given that away with its 25th song “Malcolm Is Dead”.
The term quarantine was equally horrifying as it is now when the movie had released. It was filled with suspense and jump-scares capable of sending us chills. Most of the viewers were sitting on the edge of their seats and biting their nails to find out if the reporter survived at the end. They would have already known the ending had they seen the trailer or the poster where the girl is dragged away from the camera.
“Kingsman: The Secret Service” ended with a major cliffhanger by killing Colin Firth’s Harry Hart. His return in the sequel was supposed to be a major surprising element. Despite the director Matthew Vaughn’s insistence, the studio decided to show Harry Hart in the trailer. Matthew expressed his disappointment by saying that “The thinking about that was stupidity, to be blunt. I begged the studios not to reveal it.”
2017 “Terminator Genisys” focused on Sarah Connor, Pops, and Reese traveling to 2017 to defeat the villain Skynet. But the altered timeline had changed the villain to the cyborg Genisys who turned out to be the good guy John Connor. Even director Alan Taylor took extreme measures to hide the identity of the new villain Genisys. He said, “I certainly directed those scenes with the intention that no one would know”. But the studios made the ill-advised decision of revealing John Connor as Genisys in every trailer.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- Part II
Harry Potter movies were mostly made with the assumption that the viewers had already read the books prior. It is true that the fan base of the books was pretty strong but the movie fans were larger in number (though you’re not a true fan unless you’ve read the books). And therefore most of them didn’t know that Professor Lupin would die in the last part. It was supposed to be a gut-wrenching shock but Warner Bros. had already shown Lupin’s spirit in the trailer when Harry used the Resurrection Stone.
10 Cloverfield Lane
The driving force of the horror film’s suspense was the fear of the unknown. The mystery was entirely based on the presence of a mysterious creature that forced three people to hide inside a bunker. But the trailer had already revealed that the creatures were aliens.
People who had read Stephen King’s “Carrie” would have already known the surprising moment at the prom. However, the book got famous after the success of the horror film. Even though the movie was a huge success and critically acclaimed, it made one tiny error. The movie poster had given away the prom scene, unlike the discreet book cover.
“Leap Year” starring Amy Adams and Matthew Goode was a sweet romance shot on picturesque roads, valleys, and castles of Ireland. It was merely a light-hearted romance with a love triangle sort of twist. But the trailer gave away the whole plot of the movie. If you don’t have time to see this film, you can watch the trailer and have a crash course.
The Lego Movie
The super hit “The Lego Movie” was all about Vitruvius preventing Lord Business from using the weapon Kragle to take over the Lego Universe. Spoilers Alert! The biggest plot twist was revealed in the end that the weapon Kragle was glue named “Krazy Glue” whose letters had faded leaving only “Kra gl e” visible. Sadly, this twist was ruined by the studios when their toy merchandise was launched a week prior to the movie release. Along with the LEGO toys, there was a little tube of glue that read “Krazy Glue”.
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
The biggest plot twist in Batman: Mask of the Phantasm was the identity of the masked Phantasm. The villain’s male voice made the shock even bigger when we learnt that it was Bruce Wayne’s girlfriend, Andrea Beaumont. However, the twist was spoiled long back as the toys had already revealed Phantasm’s identity.