12 Dire Plot Twists From Recent Hollywood Films

Shyamalan isn't the only master of terrible plot twists in Hollywood...

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As enjoyable as Hollywood movies often are, there are many flaws which keep recurring across multiple different projects. These include bad casting, hit-or-miss writing and studios being too eager to set up franchises, but there is another huge issue which arguably doesn't get enough attention: the way So Many Hollywood films insist on shoehorning in a plot twist.

Yes, we all love a good plot twist and there are many great ones out there. For example, the plot twists of films like The Usual Suspects, Arrival, Memento, Oldboy, Psycho and Planet of the Apes (1968) to name a few are completely genius, but not all films need twists.

Seriously awful plot twists are frequently forced into Hollywood genre films, with many of these twists are either incredibly predictable or entirely illogical. In fact, they're often a combo of both.

These following twelve studio films contain some of the worst recent examples of awful plot twists. Obviously, spoilers lie ahead, but then again, you'll probably guess most of these twists long before the big reveal...

12. Creedence Barebone Is Aurelius Dumbledore - Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald

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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald was a disastrous misfire that was full of awful plot elements and dreadful twists, but it saved the worst for last.

Throughout the film, antagonist Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) is pursuing the troubled young wizard Creedence Barebone (Ezra Miller), who is trying to discover his true parentage. At the end of the film, Grindelwald tells him who he really is: he's Aurelius Dumbledore, an unknown sibling of Albus Dumbledore.


There are two colossal issues with this twist. Firstly, it's an uninteresting and cliched twist that doesn't add anything whatsoever to the film and secondly, it completely breaks Harry Potter lore, as well as Albus Dumbledore's family backstory.

Additionally, once you examine the timeline more closely, it's unclear as to how he was actually born since both the Dumbledore parents died before the early 20th century, which is apparently when Creedence/Aurelius was born. This is a twist where as soon you think about it with any sort of logic (for example, how did Dumbledore himself not know about this?) it falls apart like a house of cards in the wind.

The film was written by JK Rowling, who is brilliant at plot twists and subversive storytelling (as proved by the Harry Potter books), so this was uncharacteristically sloppy plotting from her.


Film Studies graduate, aspiring screenwriter and all-around nerd who, despite being a pretentious cinephile who loves art-house movies, also loves modern blockbusters and would rather watch superhero movies than classic Hollywood films. Once met Tommy Wiseau.