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Watching Movies Backwards

backwind.jpg What if we watched movies in reverse?

Then, good guys could become villains.
Guns could give life.
Princesses would become paupers.
And stories of redemption would unravel.

Basically, you get a completely different movie. And that's why this exercise is so much fun. Just pick one of your favorite films and play it in reverse.

I'll start.
Here are the synopsis of 26 popular movies watched backwards.


1 Breakfast Club backwards is about a group of high school kids with a common bond. Those bonds are slowly ripped apart after a day in detention. In the end the teens leave separately and alone.

2 Hitchcock's Psycho backwards is about a mentally unstable motel proprietor who rescues a young woman from a lake, revives her by repeatedly stabbing her in a motel shower so she can go back to the city and return the $40,000 dollars she stole.

3 Saving Private Ryan backwards is about a group of WWII soldiers who leave a man named Ryan behind to defend a town from Germans by himself. Meanwhile, they retreat back to the coast of France risking life and limb in order to board boats back to England.

4 Shrek backwards is about a fun-loving Ogre who goes on a madcap adventure to return his love into the hands of a dragon and lose the friendship of a donkey so he may live a life of unhappy solitude.

5 It's a Wonderful Life backwards is about a happy man who discovers he doesn't exist. With the help of angel, he goes back in time to where his loving family and wonderful accomplishments never existed.

6 The Shawshank Redemption backwards is about two free men living in Mexico who go back to prison so that they can dissolve their friendship with common acts of decency.

7 Snow White backwards is about a group 7 dwarfs who hire a Prince to revive a beautiful girl. The dwarfs then get chased by an old woman and force the girl to cook, clean and sing for them. Luckily, while they're at work, she escapes and heads back to the safety of a wicked Queen who hates her.

8 If you watch Ghost backwards, Patrick Swayze comes back to life and Demi Moore gets her looks back.

9 E.T. backwards is about an alien that comes to Earth dramatically. And with the help of young boy, E.T. phones home and leaves Earth quietly.

10 Schindler's List backwards is about a man who makes a special list of Jews. He brings them to a Nazi concentration camp so they can be employees in his Polish factory. Schindler then gives his Jews over to the Germans. The Germans, thankfully, let the Jews return to their homes and leave Poland.

11 The Sixth Sense backwards is about a dead psychologist who comes back to life with the help of a boy who can see dead people.

12 Ironman backwards is about a wealthy industrialist who fights evil military bad guys with a super armored suit he created after a life threatening incident.
As the movie rewinds, the man deconstructs his superhero suit, gets captured by rebels who repair his damaged heart. He then gives the evil military bad guys the weapon they really want: missiles which can kill the rebels.

13 Reservoir Dogs backwards is about a gang of thieves who pull bullets out of each other with the help of their magic vacuum guns. Once revived, they break into a jeweler to return stolen diamonds. They celebrate their success with some pop culture dialog at a local diner.

14 The Borne Identity is about an American super agent who goes on a violent rampage through Europe in order to loose his memory.

15 Die Hard backwards is about a NY cop who, while visiting LA for his ex's office Christmas party, violently resurrects terrorists with the help of his magical weapons. Once revived, the terrorists peacefully end their siege of the building. This allows the cop to take a limo to the airport and fly back to NY.

16 If you watch Gigli backwards you still can't get your $10 back.

17 Forrest Gump backwards follows the incredible journey of a not-so-intelligent man into a not-so-intelligent boy. (It's like Benjamin Button with a much better sound track.)

18 The Wizard of Oz backwards is about a girl named Dorothy from Kansas who falls asleep and dreams about a magical land called Oz.
In Oz, Dorothy revives an evil Queen with water, covers up the lies of a wizard, and follows a yellow brick road in order to strip a Lion of his courage, a Tin Man of his heart, and a Scarecrow of his brain.
She then returns a pair of ruby slippers to another wicked Queen so that this Queen may terrorize a land of munchkins. Her mission complete, Dorothy takes off in her house only to wake up thanks to debris from a tornado.

19 Watching Memento backwards is like watching it forwards. You're still fucking confused.

20 Guess what, The Shining is a movie you're supposed to watch forwards and backwards.
Backwards it's "a heroic film about human experience: A man trapped in the logic of ghosts is unfrozen, and is lured outside of a maze where both his wife and son proceed to 'undouble' him and assist him in his war with his self and is finally able to drive away from the Overlook."


The next couple movies are clipped from from 2 other sites here and right here.

21 Lord of the Ring trilogy backwards, it's a saga about a little guy who gets a cool ring from a volcano and spends the rest of the films walking home.

22 If you watch Fight Club backwards, it's about a terrorist schizophrenic getting his life back together and going to rehab.

23 Batman Begins backwards is about a lunatic who prances around in a bat suit till he's cured by being trapped in a well with hundreds of bats.

24 Passion of the Christ backwards, friendly Romans pull Jesus off a cross so he can have dinner with his friends.

25 Friday the 13th backwards it's about a nice masked man named Jason who reattaches the limbs of campers with his magic machete so that they can enjoy their summer.

26 Star Wars backwards it's about a kid who gets bored of space adventures and goes to live a simple life on a farm.

27 Rocky backwards it's about a superstar boxer who fights for the World Heavyweight Championship only to lose his girlfriend and end up living in a Philadelphia slum.

I hope you found this fun. Please add your own backwards movie synopsis or correct one of mine if you have a better description.

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Well done Baier! This is hilarious.

said Echowood on November 5, 2009 4:43 PM.

If you watch the movie Jaws backwards, it's a movie about a shark that keeps throwing up people until they have to open a beach

said Scott on November 5, 2009 5:32 PM.

Team of Ghost-spreading parapsychologists use their neutrona wands to open a portal to another dimension and assemble a giant marshmallow man. They then proceed to transform terror dogs into people and spread ghost throughout New York City, fire the black guy, close up shop and go back to being college professors.

said cesaralexzamora on November 5, 2009 5:38 PM.

Great thread! Off the top of my head...

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind backwards is a movie about a couple that have memories of a relationship implanted into their minds, in which they start off hating each other, but eventually fall in love and split up on a beach one night.

said 8bitpixel on November 5, 2009 6:16 PM.

Field of Dreams is about a team of old ballplayers who decide, one by one, to stop playing the game. When there is just one player left, all he can do is take batting practice from a farmer, who then plows up his field and plants corn.

said michaelrab on November 5, 2009 6:26 PM.

Ha! Those are great. Ghostbusters nice

said Baierman on November 5, 2009 9:00 PM.

Pretty Woman backwards is about a rich guy from New York and his girlfriend who like to do it on pianos. He starts buying companies to sell off the pieces, she stops kissing him on the mouth when they have sex and eventually she becomes a hooker.

said Vicky on November 6, 2009 12:16 AM.

no matter which way you watch the new jacko movie, he's still dead.

said phatlard on November 6, 2009 3:09 AM.

Back to the Future is about a time travelling rich kid who, out of compassion for is dad's downtrodden, bootlicking high school buddy, goes back in time to make his parents lamer.

said Don't Swayze Bro on November 6, 2009 12:13 PM.

2001 backwards is about the literal birth of the universe, starting from a fetus that turns into Jupiter, which sends a manned probe back to earth, operated by a malfunctioning, but self-repairing central processing computer.

The probe then places a monolith on earth which teaches monkeys to survive without resorting to violence.

said Don't Swayze Bro on November 6, 2009 1:26 PM.

Deliverance is about a zombie who dries up a river while men go camping.

said Don't Swayze Bro on November 6, 2009 1:29 PM.

King Kong is about an enormous free-running gorilla who likes to put things back where they belong and his struggle to find someplace in the world where he might be worshipped as a god.

said Don't Swayze Bro on November 6, 2009 1:31 PM.

Superman II is about space criminals trapped forever in a Fortress of Solitude escape to Metropolis where they begin a massive campaign of landmark beautification. Satisfied with restoring the Earth's most historic sites, they travel to the Phantom Zone for a rave.

said Don't Swayze Bro on November 6, 2009 1:41 PM.

28 Days is about one sober woman's slow descent into alcoholism.

said Don't Swayze Bro on November 6, 2009 1:45 PM.

The Miracle Worker is about a rogue teacher who beats a blind and deaf girl into complete unmanageability.

said Don't Swayze Bro on November 6, 2009 1:46 PM.

Brazil is about a man who goes insane in his relentless quest to cause an effcient bureaucracy to make a typo.

said Don't Swayze Bro on November 6, 2009 1:48 PM.

12 Angry Men is about decisive jury that descends into friendliness.

said Don't Swayze Bro on November 6, 2009 1:50 PM.

Requiem for a Heavyweight is about an ex-pro wrestler who tries his hand at boxing, and loses, but feels pretty good about himself.

said Don't Swayze Bro on November 6, 2009 1:51 PM.

The Poseidon Adventure is about a rag-tag bunch of civilians who descend into a capsized ship in order to turn it over before the passengers all drown.

said Don't Swayze Bro on November 6, 2009 2:03 PM.

Swayze, seems we hit one a subject you love.

The Road Warrior (Mad Max 2) backwards is a post apocalyptic adventure where 1 man fights between 2 rival gangs in seeing who survive while driving backwards very fast.

said Baierman on November 6, 2009 2:35 PM.

Three Chords and the Truth backwards is about two mortal enemies becoming friends, ending in a douchey montage.

said Don't Swayze Bro on November 6, 2009 3:26 PM.

The Aristocrats is the story of the worlds cleanest joke.

said Baierman on November 6, 2009 11:21 PM.

catch 22 is about a man who finally gets it.

said phatlard on November 7, 2009 4:36 AM.

Actually... Friday the 13th is about a little boy who drowns, and, hoping to stop the deaths at Crystal Lake, his mother heals a whole bunch of dead teenagers so they can finally have a good summer.

What you described was Friday the 13th Part 2.

said ItsAnAnderjak on November 15, 2009 1:42 AM.
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