In today's information-overloaded world, movie spoilers are everywhere. The various social media sites are flooded with trolls who go out of their way to ruin the anticipation and excitement of movie fans by spoiling endings, twists and major revelations of the biggest movies. But it's more than basement-dwelling trolls. Film merchandising can't hold onto their bonnets long enough not to spoil movies either, so they release crucial plot details with every toy and collectible sold. Critics too have lost the art of not revealing crucial details in their write-ups, and even the film's promotional teams are incapable of putting together exciting posters and trailers without giving every detail away. It's a sad state of affairs, but what's even more sad is that this is nothing new. It's been happening for a while, but no one is learning any lessons.
This much is plain, every year, countess films are spoiled. Most of time, it's only tiny details. We see them, then we forget. No harm no foul. But sometimes we remember. In those cases, we go into a film with a fairly good idea of how things are going to play out. When the film does play out the way we expected, we experience a feeling of sheer disappointment. Some of us demand our money back from the theater cashiers, like it's somehow their fault. Others take to the Interwebs, slamming each successive key on their keyboards with greater force as they type out strings of expletives on movie forums and personal blogs where tons of fans will read them. Can you blame them? Spoilers are awful. Let's take a look at the worst culprits we can remember. Here are 15 massive films that were spoiled before they were released.
15 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
14 Free Willy
13 Toy Story 3
12 The Time Traveller's Wife
11 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
10 Cast Away
9 Ghostbusters (2016)
8 Funny People
7 The Island
6 10 Cloverfield Lane
5 Terminator Genisys
4 Stars Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
3 Planet of the Apes
2 Rocky IV
1 Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
In the weeks and months leading up to the theatrical release of the long-awaited Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, fans were in a frenzy to get their hands on anything Star Wars related. They did not yet know the utter disappointment they would face. The sun shone a little brighter back then before Jar Jar Binks. Even still, when the soundtrack was released two weeks prior to the film, many die-hard fans flocked to the stores to grab a copy. They couldn't think that the song titles would completely ruin the film. Why would they? As fans checked the back of the soundtrack case though, many of the titles of the tracks stood out to them. They realized that each title gave away an incredible spoiler. There was no creativity put into naming these tracks at all. Instead, they were just named with short little scene cues, like "Anakin Defeats Sebulba," "Qui-Gon's Noble End" and worst of all, "The High Council Meeting and Qui-Gon's Funeral."
On a brighter note, this allowed some people to just listen to the soundtrack, bypassing the atomic bomb that is The Phantom Menace.
Sources: IMDB; CinemaBlend; ScreenerTV
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