The Twilight Zone: To Serve Man — The alien text is a dense manifesto on the obligation of technologically advanced races to assist more primitive species.

Citizen Kane — Rosebud, the source of the single happiest memory of Charles Foster Kane’s life, is a Tijuana hooker.

Murder on the Orient Express — Nobody commits the murder, and the book ends on page 12.

The Sixth Sense — While he works with a disturbed young boy who has troubling visions of the dead, the psychiatrist’s wife simply ignores him.

The Crying Game — The sexually ambiguous hairdresser, romantic partner to a fleeing IRA gunman, weighs three hundred pounds and sports a beard.

Gift of the Magi — Financially well off, the couple exchanges thoughtful gifts at Christmas time.