PENOBSCOT COUNTY- There are mixed opinions on movie spoilers, but can they really make or break a film?
A group of researchers from the University of Maine is looking to find out.
Movie spoilers have been a root source of arguments among film fanatics for years.
“I heard about a guy that had Avengers: Infinity War spoiled for him, and spent the entire year exacting his revenge on the guy that spoiled it for him by spoiling Avengers: End Game,” said Joshua Moulton, the owner of Queen City Cinema Club.
It turns out spoilers may not be as bad as we’ve been led to believe.
According to Judith Rosenbaum, one of the researchers from the University of Maine, part of whether or not spoilers make or break a film depends on your personality.
“People who enjoy lots of emotions and really like feeling all types of way enjoy unspoiled stories more,” Rosenbaum said. “People who don’t like complexity and don’t like to think a lot enjoy spoiled stories.”
Rosenbaum said genre does make a difference, whether it’s fantasy, comedy or horror.
“If you’re a fan of comedy, knowing how something turns out can be a detriment to your enjoyment,” Rosenbaum added. “If you’re a fan of fantasy, it doesn’t seem to matter so much.”
If you’re still not convinced spoilers might be good, Moulton has some advice.
“My personal opinion is, if you want to see a movie and don’t want it spoiled, get there as soon as possible,” he said.
Rosenbaum said they’re going to continue researching other factors such as a persons energy level, the setting in which they’re viewing the film, and whether or not they’ve read the book.