Wednesday, September 10, 2008

CAUTION: SPOILERS AHEAD...A Top 10 List that'll Literally SPOIL You!!!!

Hollywood is just full of secrets isn't it? There's a ton of movies that have never seen the light of day either because the studio refused to let it be shown or the estate of the director (someone like Orson Welles for example) wouldn't allow the footage to be released to the public. But there are however many films that have been released to the public containing what I call 'Hollywood's Biggest Secrets.' These are those secrets that people say you shouldn't tell anybody that hasn't watched the film. "Oh man, wait'll you see the ending! I can't say it of course, you'll just have to watch it yourself!"

Well, this blog is going to break the rules and unleash some of those secrets. I wanted to do this just because I was feeling the need to do a random 'Media Guru'-type blog that talks about the movie industry and some of its biggest movie secrets. Now before I go any further, let me just say a few things.

1. This blog is not, I repeat NOT meant to ruin or mock these directors works. I have nothing but the utmost admiration for these people who have kept us entertained for the last 70-80 years or so.

2. This blog IS about movies known for having great secrets. As the title states, there ARE SPOILERS included here in the form of video clips and photos, so you the reader are reading this at your own risk. If you have in fact NEVER seen any of these films that I am giving the spoilers for, then I highly recommend you do not continue reading.

3. This Top 10 List is solely from my own head and is not a published version. I alone chose which Top 10 Spoilers to include, therefore, I ask that you do not put any comments saying "You forgot...," "How could you miss...," or "Don't you realize there's more...".

4. Read Number 2 again!!!!

5. Read Number 2 one more time!!!

6. This blog is not meant to dissuade anyone from watching these films. I mean if you've watched them once, then you know what to expect, right? But believe it or not, there are still some people, who while they know what's coming, still get taken on the edge of their seats in anticipation of what's going to happen!

Got it? Okay!

Here now...

The Top 10 Biggest Spoilers

In Movie History

10. Alanis Morissette is 'God' in Kevin Smith's 'Dogma.'

Throughout Dogma, we are led to believe from various characters that God is in fact a woman. We're finally given die hard proof of this by the end of the film when Alan Rickman steps out of a church with as he puts it "a very relieved deity."

9. Even though they're "on a mission from God," The Blues Brothers get caught.

All throughout this classic SNL movie, Jake and Elwood Blues (John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd) are on the run from the police trying to get the amount of $5,000 to the Cook County Assessor's office in Chicago, IL. They cause havoc and destruction to many many cars along the way and it all culminates in a fantastic climax that really makes you believe that as long as they're "on a mission from God," their mission will get carried out.

8. The Big W is a set of palm trees that make the shape of a W in 'It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.'

In my favorite film of all time, I too never would have guessed that the infamous 'Big W' was a set of palm trees! But when they did in fact reveal it in the final 30 minutes of the film, it was definitely a jaw-dropper moment! Now-a-days I look at it and say, "You know something? Looks more like a big VW logo than anything!"

7. Bill Murray actually does whisper something to Scarlett Johansson at the end of 'Lost in Translation.'

There has been much speculation over the last five years of "what did Bill whisper to Scarlett in that final scene?" Even 'Family Guy' did an episode with a scene showing Peter and his friends wondering what he whispered! Many think it was nothing at all or that it should be left to the imagination of the movie-goer. However, one man, through clever audio manipulation, was in fact able to find out exactly what Bill whispered.

6. Norman Bates is 'Mother' in PSYCHO.

We may hear Mother yelling. We may see her walking by her window at night. We may even see "Mother" killing Marion Crane and Detective Milton Arbogast, but don't let it fool ya..."Mother" is really...

her son, Norman Bates!!!

5. In 'Diabolique,' the headmaster is not actually dead but rather in cahoots with his mistress in an attempt to kill his wife.

Widely known as "The best film Hitchcock never made," this French suspense shows the madness that can occur when the body of a supposedly dead person, keeps disappearing and reappearing! This was, as far as I know, the very first film to place a dislaimer at the end of the picture asking the audience not to reveal the ending! Subsequently, Hitchcock used this same technique, not at the end of 'PSYCHO,' but rather at the front of the line to go and see the film! He had various signs up requesting that nobody be let in to the theater once the film started. This is one ending that had some audience members screaming and even fainting! CAUTION: You may have the same effect!

4. Bruce Willis is a ghost in 'The Sixth Sense.'

Wow. You want to talk about a 'smack-in-face' kind of ending to a film, M. Night Shyamalan's 1999 Academy Award nominated film is it right here. This is the only one of his film's I've seen. It stuck with me for the longest time. I had actually watched it on a bus while on a choir tour in the Spring of 2000. Seriously, this one was a straight-up powerhouse punch to audiences everywhere. You can't copy this kind of realization. You just cant.

3. The original ending of 'Little Shop of Horrors' with everyone dying and Audrey II's taking over the world.

Those familiar with the original 1983 Broadway production of 'Little Shop' know that all the main characters are eaten by the plant Audrey II and sing one last song called 'Don't Feed the Plants.' Originally, this was going to be the way that director Frank Oz and producer David Geffen ended their 1986 theatrical adaptation of the show. The film was going to end originally with Audrey (Ellen Greene) dying in Seymour's (Rick Moranis) arms while singing a reprise of her song 'Somewhere That's Green' then Seymour sacrificing her to Audrey II. Next, we see Seymour run up to the top of a nearby building and approach the ledge attempting to kill himself so he won't have to live with what he's just done. He's then summoned by 'Patrick Martin' who in the finished film is played by James Belushi, but in this version, he's played by Paul Dooley. He tells Seymour that he has taken a cutting from Audrey II and has now grown a miniature Audrey II. He goes on to explain how with the right publicity, they could make a fortune putting Audrey II's in stores everywhere. Seymour returns to Mushnik's and confronts Audrey II about it's conquest for world domination. Then, we're treated to the Academy Award nominated song 'Mean Green Mother from Outerspace.' Only this time, Audrey II actually eats Seymour and then we get the song 'Don't Feed the Plants' over one of the coolest looking sequences to NEVER be seen! Save for preview the audiences, what we get in the sequence are various shots of giant Audrey II's terrorizing the city of New York, destroying everything and everyone in their paths!

Frank Oz has said in interviews, "They hated us for killing the main characters. In a Broadway show, you know that everyone is returning for curtain call, but in a movie it's different. People associate with the characters. They're like friends to them. Once they've been killed, they're gone forever." In 1998, 'Little Shop' was released on Warner Brothers DVD in a 'Special Edition' (see above picture) and as a Special Feature, it contained this original 22-minute ending! Plus commentary with the ending from director Frank Oz.

Unfortunately, producer David Geffen had not given his permission to have the original ending released on the DVD and ordered that all copies of this 'Special Edition' be removed immediately. Those that were lucky enough to purchase the DVD currently own one of the most highly sought after items in "Hollywood Secret" history. I have seen copies of the DVD sell for up to 200 bucks on Ebay alone! That is how much this DVD is apparently worth! All for this alternate ending! Apparently, Geffen had wanted to re-release the film sometime in the future for its 10th or 20th anniversary with the original ending intact. Truth be told, I would have waited no problem! The ending as it appears on the 'Special Edition' DVD is in black and white, contains non-edited music cues, and also is missing many sound effects. Plus, some shots even show various studio equipment for setting up the shots! But it is still a pretty interesting thing to see.

Here now, courtesy of YouTube is the original 22-minute ending to 'Little Shop of Horrors.'

2. Darth Vader is Luke Skywalker's father.

Oh come ON now! You know you've been hearing this since 1980 when 'Empire Strikes Back' came out!

Not only that, the whole scene is constantly misquoted! The line that people almost always say is "Luke, I am your Father." Well to quote Luke's response, "THAT'S NOT TRUE!!!!" The way it goes is...

Darth Vader: If you only knew the power of the Dark Side. Obi-Wan never told you what happened to your father.

Luke: He told me enough! He told me *you* killed him!

Darth Vader: No. *I* am your father.

Luke: No. No. That's not true. That's impossible!

Darth Vader: Search your feelings, you *know* it to be true!

And to prove it, here is that iconic scene.

1. 'Rosebud' was Charles Foster Kane's sled.

That iconic opening shot of Orson Wells' mouth as Charles Foster Kane on his deathbed muttering his final words as he clutches and subsequently drops a snow globe was one that stuck in moviegoers heads forever! Even if after that line, you get what Peter Griffin referred to in an episode of Family Guy, "two, long, boobless hours," it is still known as "the biggest secret in the history of cinema."

But oddly enough, I knew that rosebud was a type of sled before I even saw 'Citizen Kane'! But for those that didn't know and eagerly sat through the entire film, they were treated to one of the biggest "Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!" moments ever to be put on the silver screen. Here now, is that moment.

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