You have been warned. Because this week we discuss films famous for their twists, turns and surprise endings. Only this question remains, “but did you see it coming?” Well, maybe we did. Maybe we didn’t. We cover a lot of films but focus specifically on Henri Clouzot’s classic LES DIABOLIQUE, Anthony Shaffer’s mystery-puzzle SLEUTH, George Roy Hill’s con artist flick THE STING, Bryan Singer’s THE USUAL SUSPECTS and M. Night Shyamalan’s THE SIXTH SENSE.

And we talk about precedents. Like, Agatha Christie and shizzle. And I try to sound all smart and well read and stuff. And Jeff really turns out to be a woman and Lola just a figment of Eric’s split personality psychotic whatever… SHE WAS NEVER REAL, PEOPLE!! IT WAS ALL IN ERIC’S HEAD!!!

Yeah. Like, you never saw that coming.


7 Responses

  1. Cold Drake

    Good episode, keep ’em coming. The people demand more Mike Foltz!
    “Once Upon a Time in America” is a film with a few bizarre and implausible twists…dream logic at work?

  2. TrekBeatTK

    Then there’s the separate issue of movies that don’t really have twists, but are cons in themselves. Something like Peter Jackson’s “Forgotten Silver” is a great example (which I fooled my father with).

    When I did “And Then There Were None” a few years ago, we changed the ending to keep it dark. Agatha’s ridiculous happy ending tacked on just doesn’t belong there.

    • EJCohen

      Although I do like the idea behind that final twist. I thought it was cool to add a character who wasn’t who you thought he was all that time. And that made the entrapment of the villain a lot of fun. Yeah, the play’s ending is goofy. But subsequent film versions didn’t dwell on the “lets kiss under the hangman’s noose as the lights go down” while still keeping that final denouement.

  3. David A. Murray

    ‘The Sixth Sense’ starts with Bruce Willis’ character getting shot in the stomach. You don’t survive that kind of wound. So I spent the next 20 minutes wondering if Willis was dead, or if something happened to save him that wasn’t yet shown to us. So while I didn’t see the twist exactly, I wasn’t surprised either when I did learn it. ‘Sleuth’: it wasn’t possible (despite good makeup and even betteracting) to hide that twist: the identity did occassionaly ‘get loose’, despite the actor’s best efforts. My nomination for most redundant movie twist: ‘No Way Out’. Would it make any difference to what had happened during the film if Coster was or was not a double-agent?!! The twist doesn’t have any real impact on what had happened. It was a twist for the sake of a twist.

  4. David A. Murray

    ‘The Usual Suspects’. I did notice that Verbal/Spacey kept getting the others more deeply immersed in trouble and he seemed remarkably composed and cold blooded when he killed someone at a critical point. It didn’t add up. He kept persuading Gabriel Byrne’s character to continue, etc.


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