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2021-04-11 9:56:34 PM  
Sleepaway Camp is glorious and you take that back before I decide to put a bees nest into your stall.
 
2021-04-11 11:25:25 PM  
Um, some of those worked pretty damn well.

The Usual Suspects
Psycho
Mulholland Drive

Another good one in a TV series was Sharp Objects. Never saw that one coming.
 
2021-04-11 11:33:40 PM  
Not an ending but the twist halfway through The Third Man is right up there.

For a fun twist ending watch Shattered with Tom Berrenger, Greta Scacchi and Bob Hoskins.
 
2021-04-12 12:00:22 AM  
Now that's a clickbait headline.
 
2021-04-12 12:03:59 AM  

thorpe: The Usual Suspects


Yeah so.. what was the point of the Usual Suspects? Everything was made up by Verbal using stupid references to things behind the cop.

All we know is he burned the ship, gave the cops a fake name, and got away with burning the ship. Maybe he shot a few people on the ship, maybe not.

Were the emeralds real? Was anything, other than the first and last five minutes of the movie?
 
2021-04-12 12:06:34 AM  
I'm not sure what kind of drugs you're on, subby but those are all twists that work very well.  If you can see the seeds being planted upon a second viewing then the twist serves the plot well.

Now You See Me is an example of a twist that doesn't work at all.
 
2021-04-12 12:07:10 AM  

moothemagiccow: thorpe: The Usual Suspects

Yeah so.. what was the point of the Usual Suspects? Everything was made up by Verbal using stupid references to things behind the cop.

All we know is he burned the ship, gave the cops a fake name, and got away with burning the ship. Maybe he shot a few people on the ship, maybe not.

Were the emeralds real? Was anything, other than the first and last five minutes of the movie?


Please puff pass please man
 
2021-04-12 12:10:01 AM  

gameshowhost: Sleepaway Camp is glorious and you take that back before I decide to put a bees nest into your stall.


that was my first experience of full frontal dudity. I didn't even know that was possible in a movie.
 
2021-04-12 12:15:56 AM  

moothemagiccow: thorpe: The Usual Suspects

Yeah so.. what was the point of the Usual Suspects? Everything was made up by Verbal using stupid references to things behind the cop.

All we know is he burned the ship, gave the cops a fake name, and got away with burning the ship. Maybe he shot a few people on the ship, maybe not.

Were the emeralds real? Was anything, other than the first and last five minutes of the movie?


Is anything real in any movie? Verbal told us an interesting story. Is it any less interesting knowing that he told it as a self-interested lie? No. In fact it's more interesting for that.
 
2021-04-12 12:18:42 AM  

phlegmjay: moothemagiccow: thorpe: The Usual Suspects

Yeah so.. what was the point of the Usual Suspects? Everything was made up by Verbal using stupid references to things behind the cop.

All we know is he burned the ship, gave the cops a fake name, and got away with burning the ship. Maybe he shot a few people on the ship, maybe not.

Were the emeralds real? Was anything, other than the first and last five minutes of the movie?

Is anything real in any movie? Verbal told us an interesting story. Is it any less interesting knowing that he told it as a self-interested lie? No. In fact it's more interesting for that.


But Verbal admitted to murder, and the cops still let him go
 
2021-04-12 12:30:51 AM  
For me the most startling twist in cinematic history was in Slutty Ass-Blasting Night Nurses XXVII. There were plot points introduced as early as Slutty Ass-Blasting Night Nurses III that were completely transformed by that reveal. It was all there, hiding in plain sight the whole time. Mind-blowing.
 
2021-04-12 12:41:03 AM  
Alright, I'm gonna namedrop it only for those of you who have seen it. Everyone else who hasn't, go watch it immediately wherever it's streamed:


To Live and Die in L.A.

Seriously, just twenty minutes into the movie, I was emotionally involved with (Spoilers) two of the six primary characters. So when that happened, fark, was I stunned.
 
2021-04-12 12:42:15 AM  

Gordon Bennett: For me the most startling twist in cinematic history was in Slutty Ass-Blasting Night Nurses XXVII. There were plot points introduced as early as Slutty Ass-Blasting Night Nurses III that were completely transformed by that reveal. It was all there, hiding in plain sight the whole time. Mind-blowing.


It does lose some of the impact if you haven't seen part XVIII and XIX, though.
 
2021-04-12 12:48:26 AM  
Spoilers below.
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They're in a video game all along.  Yes really.
 
2021-04-12 1:02:01 AM  

skyotter: Spoilers below.
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They're in a video game all along.  Yes really.


So Wash and Book might still be alive!?
 
2021-04-12 1:08:55 AM  

skyotter: Spoilers below.
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They're in a video game all along.  Yes really.


to be fair
this 'twist' was INCREDIBLY OBVIOUS

the guy giving the weather report on the radio just happens to allude to what the protagonist is up to each day?
the dude who keeps trying to get in touch with the protagonist, no matter what?
the pointless pseudonym?
the mysterious past?
the amnesia about how long everyone's been there? where they are?
the characters who literally act like NPCs? constant references to the rules?
the incredibly cheesy, cliched plot that seemed to closely resemble middle-school fanfic?
 
2021-04-12 1:08:56 AM  
Haven't seen all of those but the ones I have, the twists worked great.
Unfortunately you can only get that effect the first viewing.
If you rewatch it's to pick it apart out of spite.
 
2021-04-12 1:10:48 AM  
Happy to see the writer think outside of the box enough to pick Sleepaway Camp.
 
2021-04-12 1:12:22 AM  
The greatest wtf ever was Idaho transfer

If you have not seen that movie- keep it that way
 
2021-04-12 1:13:05 AM  

thorpe: Um, some of those worked pretty damn well.

The Usual Suspects
Psycho
Mulholland Drive

Another good one in a TV series was Sharp Objects. Never saw that one coming.


Psychology is the one that is an outlier for me...

Unfortunately, WE ALL KNEE Norman Bates was the killer, so the Mom is Norman twisted was blown for most viewers years before they even saw the movie...

It must've been a brilliant plot twist for the viewers at the time
 
2021-04-12 1:18:48 AM  
I would have put Unbreakable in that list.

I still say one of his superpowers is luck (Like Domino)
If he hadn't found and freed the kids before confronting the killer he would have drowned.
Luck.
 
2021-04-12 1:19:09 AM  
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my lips are sealed.
 
2021-04-12 1:19:54 AM  

Wasn't Looking at his Neck: Alright, I'm gonna namedrop it only for those of you who have seen it. Everyone else who hasn't, go watch it immediately wherever it's streamed:


To Live and Die in L.A.

Seriously, just twenty minutes into the movie, I was emotionally involved with (Spoilers) two of the six primary characters. So when that happened, fark, was I stunned.


Have you seen the alternative cut involving relocation to Alaska? It's laughably bad and was shot to please the studio before being swapped out for theatrical release.
 
2021-04-12 1:23:06 AM  
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Much like The Usual Suspects, it relies on an unreliable narrator intentionally withholding vital plot information until the end.
 
2021-04-12 1:23:20 AM  

Excelsior: Gordon Bennett: For me the most startling twist in cinematic history was in Slutty Ass-Blasting Night Nurses XXVII. There were plot points introduced as early as Slutty Ass-Blasting Night Nurses III that were completely transformed by that reveal. It was all there, hiding in plain sight the whole time. Mind-blowing.

It does lose some of the impact if you haven't seen part XVIII and XIX, though.


True, excellent point. You'll also completely miss some of the most creative director call-outs if you haven't seen the seminal original 1983 Chitty Chitty Gang Bang beforehand.
 
2021-04-12 1:27:48 AM  
Surprised this wasn't mentioned.


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/those eyes
//those thighs
///SURPRISE!
 
2021-04-12 1:33:08 AM  
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What fearful secret secret was hidden from the world for 200 years?
Why was every door in Craven Castle locked at night??

(Spoiler: The place was owned by a big-ass frog.)
 
2021-04-12 1:36:30 AM  
On one of my sister's earliest dates with her now husband, as they settled into their seats to see "The 6th Sense", she casually blurts out "I hear he's dead the whole time!".  They still laugh about it.

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/the wife did it
 
2021-04-12 1:46:22 AM  

Carter Pewterschmidt: Not an ending but the twist halfway through The Third Man is right up there.

For a fun twist ending watch Shattered with Tom Berrenger, Greta Scacchi and Bob Hoskins.


The Third Man has no twist. Everyone knows Orson Wells is in the movie. It's part of the movie's genius that you completely forget he is by the time he appears.
 
2021-04-12 1:50:24 AM  

Miss Stein: Surprised this wasn't mentioned.

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/those eyes
//those thighs
///SURPRISE!


Such a good movie that people often remember solely because of the twist.
 
2021-04-12 1:57:43 AM  
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2021-04-12 2:00:17 AM  
Michael Keaton as Batman
 
2021-04-12 2:00:28 AM  
In these lists, we often see a lot of genre pieces. I want to suggest these (which are sort of genre, noir and thriller):

Chinatown
Don't Look Now

They don't seem as flashy as others on the list, but pack and emotional wallop.
 
2021-04-12 2:02:38 AM  
Wasn't Looking at his Neck: ...

The director of that film, William Friedkin, actually spoiled the movie for me.  True story.
 
2021-04-12 2:08:04 AM  

UberSmyth: Wasn't Looking at his Neck: Alright, I'm gonna namedrop it only for those of you who have seen it. Everyone else who hasn't, go watch it immediately wherever it's streamed:


To Live and Die in L.A.

Seriously, just twenty minutes into the movie, I was emotionally involved with (Spoilers) two of the six primary characters. So when that happened, fark, was I stunned.

Have you seen the alternative cut involving relocation to Alaska? It's laughably bad and was shot to please the studio before being swapped out for theatrical release.


Yeah, the producer didn't see eye to eye with the director and was shocked at what happened (since the director never sent him any dallies) enough to try to shoehorn that ending in.
 
2021-04-12 2:11:48 AM  

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: In these lists, we often see a lot of genre pieces. I want to suggest these (which are sort of genre, noir and thriller):

Chinatown
Don't Look Now

They don't seem as flashy as others on the list, but pack and emotional wallop.


A lesser twist, but still a fantastic film: The Sting
 
2021-04-12 2:13:25 AM  

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: Carter Pewterschmidt: Not an ending but the twist halfway through The Third Man is right up there.

For a fun twist ending watch Shattered with Tom Berrenger, Greta Scacchi and Bob Hoskins.

The Third Man has no twist. Everyone knows Orson Wells is in the movie. It's part of the movie's genius that you completely forget he is by the time he appears.


The follow-up radio series, 'The Adventures of Harry Lime', is also amazingly good.
 
2021-04-12 2:15:33 AM  

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: In these lists, we often see a lot of genre pieces. I want to suggest these (which are sort of genre, noir and thriller):

Chinatown
Don't Look Now

They don't seem as flashy as others on the list, but pack and emotional wallop.


I haven't seen Don't Look Now. I'll have to bear that one in mind. I will absolutely second the recommendation of Chinatown. It's an absolute classic and is essential viewing for anyone with even a passing interest in cinema. It fully deserves to be mentioned along with the original noir classics and is IMO one of the most important films of the '70s.
 
2021-04-12 2:16:00 AM  

moothemagiccow: thorpe: The Usual Suspects

Yeah so.. what was the point of the Usual Suspects? Everything was made up by Verbal using stupid references to things behind the cop.

All we know is he burned the ship, gave the cops a fake name, and got away with burning the ship. Maybe he shot a few people on the ship, maybe not.

Were the emeralds real? Was anything, other than the first and last five minutes of the movie?


I thought the point, as in what was the main character trying to accomplish, was the elimination of the one person who could identify him. So everything in the movie was real, except he kept secret the real name of a certain character. This way when it's over, the witness is gone and the bad guy disappears with no worries. The police know what happened and why at the end but it's too late to do them any good.
 
2021-04-12 2:16:46 AM  
I was super stoned when I saw Shutter Island. I've never been so blindsided by a twist. There was a period of about half an hour where I was seriously questioning my sanity, feverishly rewinding as if I could find evidence that the movie was wrong.
 
2021-04-12 2:31:55 AM  
Saw.

Holy shiat the ending creeped me out.
 
2021-04-12 2:41:09 AM  

Birnone: So everything in the movie was real, except he kept secret the real name of a certain character.


That doesn't jibe with how the police were clued in.  The details (not just names) from the detective's office showed that some things in the story were made up on the spot.  The only things in the story that were definitely real were stuff the police already knew, which was not a lot.  Everything else?  Who knows.

To me the scene showing the borrowed details seems to be intending to convey that Verbal made up nearly everything.  But... nothing for certain.

Honestly I think it would have been better if the story were almost entirely true, and they police were clued in by some other means.
 
2021-04-12 2:43:52 AM  

Gordon Bennett: Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: In these lists, we often see a lot of genre pieces. I want to suggest these (which are sort of genre, noir and thriller):

Chinatown
Don't Look Now

They don't seem as flashy as others on the list, but pack and emotional wallop.

I haven't seen Don't Look Now. I'll have to bear that one in mind. I will absolutely second the recommendation of Chinatown. It's an absolute classic and is essential viewing for anyone with even a passing interest in cinema. It fully deserves to be mentioned along with the original noir classics and is IMO one of the most important films of the '70s.


Agreed about Chinatown. It's just not talked about too often now because of Polanski. Dude deserves to be shunned and his more recent output ignored. IMO. but I have no issue with watching and appreciating the stuff he made before '77.
 
2021-04-12 3:19:18 AM  

aerojockey: Birnone: So everything in the movie was real, except he kept secret the real name of a certain character.

That doesn't jibe with how the police were clued in.  The details (not just names) from the detective's office showed that some things in the story were made up on the spot.  The only things in the story that were definitely real were stuff the police already knew, which was not a lot.  Everything else?  Who knows.

To me the scene showing the borrowed details seems to be intending to convey that Verbal made up nearly everything.  But... nothing for certain.

Honestly I think it would have been better if the story were almost entirely true, and they police were clued in by some other means.


I haven't seen it in awhile but I remember my takeaway being that elimination of that one guy on the ship as being his goal. The guy was eliminated. Kobayashi was a fake name, but the guy is real, we see him. Soze is said to be the ultimate badass, and the operation including the final escape is consistent with what a badass would do and how he'd do it. That's why I was satisfied with it. I don't wonder if XYZ is true or did he make that entirely up because it doesn't change anything. If he says someone died because of one reason, but the guy really died for an entirely different reason, what difference does it make? The guy still died.

Next time I watch it I'll pay attention to the details of what could only have been made up due to what he saw in the office vs him just telling a straight story but replacing incriminating portions with things he sees in the office(my current interpretation).
 
2021-04-12 3:28:29 AM  

phlegmjay: moothemagiccow: thorpe: The Usual Suspects

Yeah so.. what was the point of the Usual Suspects? Everything was made up by Verbal using stupid references to things behind the cop.

All we know is he burned the ship, gave the cops a fake name, and got away with burning the ship. Maybe he shot a few people on the ship, maybe not.

Were the emeralds real? Was anything, other than the first and last five minutes of the movie?

Is anything real in any movie? Verbal told us an interesting story. Is it any less interesting knowing that he told it as a self-interested lie? No. In fact it's more interesting for that.


This. The point of the "movie" is to be an entertaining story and to set up the twist for the audience.

The point of the "story" within the movie's universe is just for Verbal to keep Agent Kujan preoccupied while he waits for his bail to be posted.  Kujan may not have heard about Söze before but Verbal knows he's obsessed with Keaton, so Verbal intentionally sets up Keaton as Söze to distract Kujan from the truth sitting literally in front of him.

The Taxi Service and Saul Berg jobs must have taken place since they're easily verifiable, but who knows which details are accurate. Everything else is potentially complete fiction, but probably follows pretty close to the truth since the most convincing lies usually do.
 
2021-04-12 3:37:41 AM  

RoyFokker'sGhost: Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: In these lists, we often see a lot of genre pieces. I want to suggest these (which are sort of genre, noir and thriller):

Chinatown
Don't Look Now

They don't seem as flashy as others on the list, but pack and emotional wallop.

A lesser twist, but still a fantastic film: The Sting


same for A Big Hand for the Little Lady
 
2021-04-12 4:22:33 AM  

Excelsior: Gordon Bennett: For me the most startling twist in cinematic history was in Slutty Ass-Blasting Night Nurses XXVII. There were plot points introduced as early as Slutty Ass-Blasting Night Nurses III that were completely transformed by that reveal. It was all there, hiding in plain sight the whole time. Mind-blowing.

It does lose some of the impact if you haven't seen part XVIII and XIX, though.


The impact is still intact, although a group a few buddies and I  formed have re-dubbed it the "asspact" it maintains the intensity of  1 while retaining the the tenderness of 2. By the time you get to 5-15, it's "same-old, same-old", but it's like the Police Academy movies. The formula is welcome at that point because the movie feels so familiar that it's home. Sort of like SNL or The Simpsons, except with ball-draining scenes of lust filled depravity.
 
2021-04-12 5:08:05 AM  

gameshowhost: Sleepaway Camp is glorious and you take that back before I decide to put a bees nest into your stall.


Sleepaway Camp II and III stars Bruce Springsteen's sister

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0096118/​?​ref_=nv_sr_srsg_2

https://www.pamelaspringsteen.com/
 
2021-04-12 6:16:44 AM  

RoyFokker'sGhost: Gordon Bennett: Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: In these lists, we often see a lot of genre pieces. I want to suggest these (which are sort of genre, noir and thriller):

Chinatown
Don't Look Now

They don't seem as flashy as others on the list, but pack and emotional wallop.

I haven't seen Don't Look Now. I'll have to bear that one in mind. I will absolutely second the recommendation of Chinatown. It's an absolute classic and is essential viewing for anyone with even a passing interest in cinema. It fully deserves to be mentioned along with the original noir classics and is IMO one of the most important films of the '70s.

Agreed about Chinatown. It's just not talked about too often now because of Polanski. Dude deserves to be shunned and his more recent output ignored. IMO. but I have no issue with watching and appreciating the stuff he made before '77.


5 MORE Brilliant Moments In Film
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Check out the third entry where he breaks down a scene in Chinatown.
 
2021-04-12 6:40:28 AM  
For a more modern example:

The Visit - Official Trailer (HD)
Youtube YfQnRjkuvaY


M. Night completely redeemed himself for The Village and Lady in the Water with this movie.

/The Happening, though...
 
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