Friday, June 24, 2011


Love watching a suspense film and knowing what’s ‘around the corner’? Many  movies, especially the vintage ones, offer the viewer plenty of clues as to what lies ahead. The obvious cliché is the young woman in the horror film who, alone in the house, decides to go down to the basement in order to ‘investigate a noise’. 

What follows are ten giveaways that portend what is going to happen by the end of the movie. Can you think of more?:

1.   If someone is lying on his deathbed cheerfully relaying what his plans are for the immediate future, odds are there is no future in store, immediate or otherwise.

2.   If a questionable character poses the question, ‘Do you have any close family or friends, anyone who would miss you if, say, you disappeared?’, it would be best for our hero or heroine to proceed with caution.

3.   If we are only witness to a gloved hand committing a murder, the murderer is most likely a woman. (It also stands to reason that if a serial killer is not committing sex crimes, there’s a good chance that, here too, the killer is a woman.)

4.   In a mystery where someone has done something very, very evil, a look at the credits will often suggest who the heavy is even before the film has begun. (ie. Don Porter in older films and perhaps Christopher Walken in newer ones).

5.   A former bad guy who turns good and fingers his cronies will still have to die but will die a ‘noble death’ (ie. saving the life of the heroine).

6.   If a woman lets go of her toddler’s hand for any reason (ie. to pay a cashier or to powder her nose) said toddler will inevitably wander into traffic with dire consequences.

7.   It is rarely the guy on the lower end of the food chain who is morally responsible for a crime committed. Usually the heavy is a man of influence (editor of a newspaper, politician, corporate heavy).

8.   If a woman marries a man about whose background she knows very little, she will probably live to regret it. (This is particularly the case in films made prior to Google).

9.   If a beloved pet is introduced at the beginning of a murder mystery there is, unfortunately, a good chance that said pet will not be alive by the end of the film.

10. If a woman laughs at a furious man and he warns her to stop laughing at him, it’s a safe bet that the man, often a psychopath, will put an end to the laughing by either strangling or stabbing her to death.

            And of course, if a film ends in an intentionally ambiguous way, we can assume that the producers are thinking ‘sequel’.

Have a nice weekend, Vivian.


  1. I love's a great idea...keep it up!

  2. Great cliches Vivian, awesome post as always!

  3. 1. Wait. What happened to the young woman who went to the basement to investigate a noise?

    2. The biggest movie cliche is thinking a movie is bad just because it gets bad reviews. (Well, maybe it was true with Ishtar. But Green Lantern? C'mon!!!)