Movies On My Mind

Foiling spoilers in the digital age

From Hollywood blockbusters to local cinema, film-makers go to great lengths to hide crucial story details from prying fans online

Shh. That smell in cinemas? It is not fresh buttered popcorn. It is fear.

A "spoiler" is information on a crucial plot development. It kills off narrative suspense and betrays dramatic surprises. It is a bane dreaded by film-makers, who are doing the craziest things to keep their meticulously constructed storylines a secret.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 03, 2019, with the headline 'Foiling spoilers in the digital age'. Print Edition | Subscribe