What kills the experience? Cliffhangers or spoilers?
Does the film-watching experience get ruined by knowing an aspect of it beforehand or having the conclusion left suspended? Share your experiences of watching movies of both these types.
Imagine you planned to watch a movie. Let's say the successfully running "Sanju" was the movie you were going to watch. You brought the tickets and are on the way to the screen. But you checked into your Facebook account just to browse the feed until the queue passes. You encounter an internet meme about the movie Sanju. The meme contains a major spoiler, let's says it reveals how Sanju's mom dies in this case. Now that is how a spoiler spoiled your experience.
Assume case two. You're watching the movie and are satisfied so far. The end is near. What happened in the climax? Nothing. The show/movie left you with a cliffhanger. Imagine in this case the scene where Sanju is sent to prison is the climax and as he entered his cell, the credits start rolling. You will never know what happened to Sanju next. That is how a cliffhanger ruins the experience.
Which one of these two cases ruined you the most? Spoilers are the exact opposite of cliffhangers. You know the outcome beforehand while given with a spoiler and you are left anticipating even after the movie ends in case of a cliffhanger. I am unfazed by both. I don't mind either. Spoilers let me anticipate the moment I knew already about and the cliffhanger lets me interpret the possible outcome for myself. But 2/3 hate spoilers and cliffhangers. What are your views? What spoils your experience more? Spoilers or cliffhangers? Or a combination of both?