All the hoopla over the new Star Wars movie and the DEMANDS!!! that there be NO SPOILERS!!! (Which kind of gives away that there must be some big “I-am-your-father” size ‘surprise’ twist in it), somehow got me thinking about the idea of classic, well-remembered movies with big plot twists. I was thinking of doing an overall thread about movies that hinge on big spoiler-ific moments. “The Crying Game” for example was a fairly run-of-the-mill thriller with one big twist that made it memorable.
But the one I think is most interesting is that of the grandmamma of all spoiler-ific film moments: the shower scene from Psycho. Of course, it’s part of film-lore history what happens, so it can’t possibly be a surprise to modern-day audiences. But I know that during its original run, theaters took the then-unheard of tactic of not letting anyone into the movie after it had already started. At the time of its release, there was at least a token effort to keep the twist a secret until the audience actually saw it.
Being 50+ years ago, I realize it’s fading into history, but does anybody here recollect when the movie originally came out? How big a surprise was it when Janet Leigh got killed? Did people ‘spoil’ it, or did people not talk about that scene? And when did it become common knowledge that she gets murdered?