Editor’s note: It should go without saying, but don’t read this if you’re allergic to spoilage.
As the “Breaking Bad” finale approaches, hearing cries of “no spoilers” is becoming a common occurrence. We’re counting down 10 great twists/terrible spoilers in movies.
10. “Soylent green is people!”
“Soylent Green,” a sci-fi movie about a dystopian future with pollution, overpopulation, depleted resources, poverty and climate disasters, is ripe for a modern-day remake. So why not spoil it? The food rations everyone is living off is made from human beings.
9. “Do you know about Tyler Durden?”
Some say they saw the big twist in “Fight Club” coming a mile away, but it was a still a needle-drop moment. I am Jack’s complete lack of surprise.
8. Dumbledore dies.
OK, this is really more of a book spoiler, since few people made it all the way to the movie without hearing about this. But still, man.
7. Planet of the Apes, er, us
A group of astronauts — led by Charlton Heston — crash lands on a mysterious planet after traveling at light speeds. Soon they find it’s inhabited by intelligent apes that are the dominant species who hunt and enslave humans. It ends when Heston’s character sees a destroyed Statue of Liberty and realizes this is Earth in the distant future. Yup, we blew it up. “God damn you all to hell,” indeed.
6. “I see dead people.”
Charlie Kelly from “Always Sunny” on “The Sixth Sense”: “You find out the guy in the hairpiece was Bruce Willis the whole time!”
5. “What’s in the box?!”
When John Doe turns himself in to the police in “Seven,” he’s seemingly two murders short of completing his Deadly Sins masterpiece. When we find out what’s really going down, jaws hit the floor. And heads.
4. She’s a he.
Revealing a female character to be male can be a doozy of an ending twist (see: “Sleepaway Camp”), but in “The Crying Game,” Dil’s reveal comes at the midpoint, turning into one of the more unlikely and lovely of movie love stories.
3. Norman Bates is Mother.
Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece “Psycho” is often remembered most for the infamous shower scene, but the twist ending that Norman likes to play dress up (as mommy dearest, whom he killed some years ago) and stab people is quite a shocker.
2. “Who is Keyser Soze?”
In “The Usual Suspects” a meager cripple, Verbal Kent (Kevin Spacey), recounts the story of how a group of criminals were set up by feared master villain Keyser Soze to the police detective working the case. The detective believes Soze is merely a myth, until the end when he realizes he’d been talking to him the whole time.
1. “No, I am your father.”
How massive of a secret was this “Star Wars” twist? This famous line of dialogue was replaced with “Obi-Wan killed your father” on the set. Only George Lucas, Mark Hamill and director Irvin Kershner knew what was really going down.