Friday Five - Memorable Movie Spoilers


In honor of the 30th anniversary of the release of "The Empire Strikes Back" -- which contains one of the most spoileriffic moments in movie history -- I've decided to dedicate this week's edition of Friday Fave to some of the great "spoiler alert" moments in movie history. You know, the ones that if you heard them before seeing the movie, you were pissed about. So, um, if you haven't seen any of these movies, you might want to stop reading (also, if you haven't seen any of these movies, how's the cave you're living in? Nice and dank? Also, how do you get internet access in your cave?).

5. "The Sixth Sense"
I'm starting with this one, because it's the only one on the list that was spoiled for me. Technically it was only semi-spoiled, but the day before I went to see it, two of my co-workers were talking about it in the office, and one of them said something like "I totally didn't see the twist at the end coming". This was before everyone knew that EVERY M. Night Shyamalan movie had a twist ending, so when I saw Bruce Willis get shot at the beginning of the film, I knew he was dead for the rest of it. BTW, if you already know he's dead, the movie isn't particularly good.

4. "The Crying Game"
This one was less of a spoiler "alert" and more of a spoiler "warning". As in: "warning, that chick has a penis." Apparently back in '92, once word of the movie's twist got out, box office business actually picked up.

3. "The Usual Suspects"
If you know that Verbal Kent IS Keiser Soze the first time you're seeing the movie, then it plays out as a movie about a pathological liar and the dumb people who believe him. But if you don't know the twist, then the movie is freakin' amazing. So, um, spoiler alert, I guess, for those who haven't seen it (not that you're going to see it now).

2. "Planet of the Apes"
Spoiler alert: the remake sucks. OK, now back to the actual 1968 movie, which is fantastic. The special thing about this movie is even if you know the twist ending -- and most people do, even if they haven't seen the movie -- the movie itself still holds up. I also considered going with another Charlton Heston movie here, but by now who DOESN'T know that Soylent Green is people.

1. "Star Wars Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back"