How long is TOO long before seeing a movie and worrying about SPOILERS?

Thanks to Netflix, HBO, and Amazon Prime, the world is pretty much set up for you to catch a current movie almost immediately after it hits theatres. How much time should pass before a spoiler loses its spoilage and YOU’RE the one who is just moving too damn slow?

A conversation created on Plot Threads, a Disqus channel

by NoDuh!

It’s never too long! Spoilers are the worst!

“Movies should never be spoiled, because the life-span is way too long (cinemas, then pirated, then DVD/BlueRay, then Pay-Per-View, then TV, etc…). Believe me, I lost a friend because I accidentaly spoiled Sixth Sense and Soylent Green. And that was two years ago!”

Captain McAwesome

The window of silence is short…so act now!

“I feel 24–48 hours after release is the maximum period where you’re allowed to reasonably complain about spoilers and even that feels like pushing it. Here’s the thing, films/tv don’t live and die on a first viewing. Psycho doesn’t become shoddy or less shocking because we know about the shower scene. I feel the responsibility of avoiding spoilers is 100% on you. If you can’t get to see your intended film or tv show within the first day or so and still feel it’s your god given right to wade into social media or an environment where discussions are bound to happen beyond your control, then a) you’re not that invested in seeing that piece of media or b) you’re acting entitled.”

Maria Metro

“You’re right that a movie is more than the surprise of the first time, but like a relationship you never forget your first. Everything the first time is preserved and untouched. Imagine a new car without the new car smell; the mystique is gone.”

inconspicuous detective

“It feels like we’re advocating that an individual can hold cultural conversations hostage until it suits them. How would these people function before VOD, streaming and time-shifting and home video? The expiration date not long ago for television was seconds after it finished airing. The gap between cinema and home video use to be YEARS not months.”

Maria Metro

It depends on the film.

“I recently turned my radio to another channel when a film critic came on to discuss and apparently after a few seconds, tells you exactly what happens in the film. I don’t want to know. However, I think it depends on the film. Some genres are easier to give away details — and it doesn’t matter because it’s a comedy and is funny. With Birdman I thought the trailers were great as they made me go ‘What!? I wanna see that! What’s going on!’”

Fearing Mark

“To me, one should NEVER call themselves a critic if the haven’t learned how to fill you in on a movie without giving away everything.”


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