Going into a movie blind

Discussion in 'TV & Media' started by Alidar Jarok, Sep 20, 2012.

  1. Alidar Jarok

    Alidar Jarok Everything in moderation but moderation Moderator

    Apr 14, 2003
    Norfolk, VA
    Has anyone ever gone to see a movie without having seen anything about it beforehand? I'm including trailers as well. I realize, these days, it's very difficult to avoid publicity for a movie and, if you do, it's hard to imagine why you'd see it. But I'm wondering if a movie is better when you have no preconceptions about it.

    I did this once. My friends asked me if I wanted to see District 9, which I somehow hadn't seen anything about. I knew it was a Peter Jackson film and that it had received good word of mouth reviews, but I literally hadn't seen a trailer and didn't even know it was about aliens.

    Was it a better experience? Obviously, I can't compare my experience to one who had seen the trailer first since I only know what I experienced. It was different. I felt I was exploring for the first few minutes to figure out what was going on. Luckily, the movie establishes the background pretty quickly (aliens), so I wasn't left confused. I figure movies that take too long to get to the point might not feel the same way (a lot of superhero movies with origin stories can fall into this category).
  2. Ar-Pharazon

    Ar-Pharazon Vice Admiral Premium Member

    May 19, 2005
    Going in to a movie blind? What, is it in braille? Ba-dum-dum

    But seriously, like you said, it's near impossible to not know an awful lot about a movie months before it premieres.

    Sometimes I miss the 70's & 80's.
  3. JarodRussell

    JarodRussell Vice Admiral Admiral

    Jul 2, 2009
    Paycheck, Taken, District 9, Men in Black III, The Avengers, Dark Shadows

    Sometimes I'm good at not paying attention to promotional stuff. Couldn't care less about Dark Shadows or District 9, but the others were good.

    I'd count The Dark Knight Rises as well, because I didn't see anything except the first trailer on purpose.
  4. Spot's Meow

    Spot's Meow Spot's Meow Premium Member

    Jul 1, 2004
    Hotel California
    I normally wouldn't do this myself, but I was with some family members and we decided on the fly to go to the movies, didn't really even know what was playing. We ended up seeing Lost in Translation. Terrible. The only movie in which my mom fell asleep and I wanted to walk out of. The only reason I didn't was because my dad was willing to give it until the end to improve. It didn't.

    So, I learned my lesson. Do a little research before walking into the theater.
  5. ALF

    ALF Commodore Commodore

    Mar 12, 2005
    There was one film I saw (a long time ago) which I knew nothing about beforehand.... and really enjoyed it. :)
    Although not enough to remember what it was! :(
  6. doubleohfive

    doubleohfive Fleet Admiral

    Aug 17, 2001
    Hollywood, CA
    I got dragged to seeing Safety Not Guaranteed earlier this summer. I'd heard the title mentioned somewhere before, but that was about it. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it.
  7. Evil Twin

    Evil Twin Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Mar 25, 2005
    I recall going to see The Matrix with a group of friends and not having read or watched a single thing about it beforehand. Boy, was I in for a pleasant (and mindblowing) surprise. :cool:
  8. trekkiebaggio

    trekkiebaggio Vice Admiral Admiral

    Jul 20, 2004
    Dancing to the Jailhouse Rock
    I don't think I have. Usually I'll at least know who it starts (like once I went to see You Don't Mess with the Zohan, didn't know anything about it other than Adam Sandler was in it).
  9. J.T.B.

    J.T.B. Rear Admiral Premium Member

    Jun 14, 2005
    Raising Arizona, pretty much. A couple of friends and I were driving around and decided we wanted to go to a movie, and chose that one based on the poster in the lobby. One of the funnest movie-going experiences of my life. It had very little promotion behind it as I remember, and it took a couple of years of home video word of mouth before I talked to anyone else who had even heard of it.

  10. Shazam!

    Shazam! Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Feb 22, 2006
    The only film I can recall seeing or hearing nothing about before seeing it was Donnie Darko.

    I caught The Matrix by accident after the film I wanted to see had sold out, but I'd seen a few trailers for that.
  11. Brikar99

    Brikar99 Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Aug 13, 2002
    Yeah, I think I've always at least seen a trailer or TV spot. I can't say I've ever just picked a movie off the marquee and went in.
  12. od0_ital

    od0_ital Admiral Admiral

    Aug 23, 2001
    Nacogdoches, Texas
    Its become a lot more common since I started workin' for a movie theater. Before this job, I would watch a trailer or read up about a movie I was payin' to see. I'd even watch trailers for stuff I had free passes for, just to decide it if was worth waitin' in line.

    Now, I just walk up & pick what I haven't seen yet, and sometimes that means goin' into a movie I wouldn't watch in a million years...
  13. Owain Taggart

    Owain Taggart Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Nov 30, 2009
    Northern Ontario, Canada
    Yep, I've done it. Like you say, much more difficult these days with the prevalence of the media discussing it and showing too much of it. But I did manage to go into Trek 09 pretty much blind and I had a much better experience because of it. I hadn't even watched the trailer until I was sure I was going to go and see it with a friend which was a few days beforehand. In general, I much prefer not following movies so closely that I know everything beforehand. I think it ruins the element of surprise, but it's frustrating when the publicity is structured as to sometimes ruin those surprises.

    But on the other hand, I've come to realize that if they hardly talk about the movie itself, that something sounds wrong. For example, when Harrison Ford was promoting Indy 4 and doing the publicity tour, I remembered watching him on a talk show and while they had spent a lot of time on him, he hadn't talked about Indy 4 or given any details about it other than it was coming out.
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  14. sojourner

    sojourner Admiral Admiral

    Sep 4, 2008
    Just around the bend.
    Sequels wouldn't really count as "going in blind" though, unless you somehow failed to see anything of the previous movies they are based on.
  15. Rarewolf

    Rarewolf Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Feb 23, 2002
    Devon, England
    I have to say I don't think I've ever seen a film at the cinema due to a trailer, or review. But then I don't go to many.

    It's really only TV/game big screen adaptions and sequels that interest me, so by that definition I go into them with certain expectations.
  16. Foxhot

    Foxhot Commodore Commodore

    Oct 28, 2011
    Of all the 1150 movies I've seen in a theater, the ONLY time this ever really happened for me was with SURVIVAL QUEST in 1989. I had nothing to go on except the movie ad which read ''starring Lance Henriksen and Mark Rolston.'' That's why I went. The ad only showed dense forest, leading me to expect a DELIVERANCE-style thriller. In the end it was somewhat more light-hearted, but it was still an action thriller and not knowing in advance was a refreshing experience.
  17. TenLubak

    TenLubak Commander Red Shirt

    May 10, 2003
    Baltimore MD USA
    Zombie land was one my girlfriend made me buy tickets to, and if it was a better time in out lives i would have enjoyed it more, was shooting up and broke and trying to finish college while maintaining a habit, and stressing about my girlfriend whoring around for drugs sort of ruined that expierence for me tho.

    Then she made me watch District 9 on the little computer she downloaded it illegally, that was good. Even in such bad times!

    And I'm sure when times were good my dad would go get VHS taps from The Movie FActory he rented and pop em in when i was kid. I mean I didnt know what most of em were about half the time, but not really going to the theatre blind that much. I do like to know as little as possible about books and records tho alot before getting into em!
  18. Great Stalin's Ghost

    Great Stalin's Ghost Millions of dead kulaks can't be wrong Premium Member

    Jun 12, 2001
    Robert Maxwell
    The most recent one I can think of is Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.

    I saw a trailer for it, looked like a crappy romantic comedy, so I wasn't going to bother. Then my friend asked me if I'd see with her. I figured what the hell, went and saw it, loved it, bought the graphic novels. Now I'm a big fan. Sometimes, you are surprised!

    On the other hand, one time I was invited to watch Dragonfly with my family, and I knew nothing about it so I naively agreed. Kevin Costner could die in agony a thousand times and he will still not have paid for the thousands of hours of my life that "movie" took from me.
  19. The Ghost of Canon Yet to Come

    The Ghost of Canon Yet to Come Are these the shadows of an alternate timeline? Moderator

    Jul 27, 2001
    I've done it twice in recent years. Never Let Me Go, which was an unmitigated disaster, and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, which was a pleasant surprise all round. So, mixed opinions on seeing movies blind!
  20. Harvey

    Harvey Admiral Admiral

    Oct 8, 2005
    Los Angeles, California
    With the exception of a few preview screenings I attended last year as part of a programming job, I've never gone to a movie in the theater without reading a few reviews and/or seeing a trailer first. It's just too expensive to get into the habit.

    I have watched a number of things through Netflix and On Demand based on nothing more than the one or two-line description and the cast and crew listed. As you might expect, this has been a mixed bag, but not entirely without unexpected surprises (Hopscotch, which I caught recently, was rather good).