By Alan Hanson, Social Media Community Manager
Every single film that has been made since about the year 2000 has had to, in some way or other; circumnavigate the tricky proposition that, following the advent of widespread mobile phone use, the protagonists in peril could simply call or text their way out of whatever predicament they’ve found themselves in.
This goes double since social media has grown and made both our personal and working lives easier than ever.
With this in mind, we can exclusively reveal what might have happened had the characters in six classic films had access to social media. How would it have helped them out in times of peril?
Don’t ask us why we asked them that. That’s our business.
Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960)
What Happens: Real estate secretary Marion Crane makes a break for a better life after stealing a large cash sum from her employer. Unfortunately for her she checks in at the Bates Motel in order to lay low but instead meets a sticky end in the shower at the hands of creepy concierge Norman.
What Would Have Happened With Social Media: Despite being on the run, Marion would still have more than enough time to login to Facebook and check out reviews for the Bates Motel. It presumably wouldn’t have taken long to find some unfavourable feedback stating “mother-obsessed proprietor will probably murder you in shower… Would not visit again”.
Rosemary’s Baby (Roman Polanski, 1968)
What Happens: Rosemary Woodhouse moves into an old gothic apartment building with her husband Guy, and the two begin planning a family. However, following some sinister goings on it eventually transpires that their elderly neighbours are Satanists with some alarming designs on the unborn babe.
What Would Have Happened With Social Media: Rather than spend half the film searching for clues around the apartment building and consulting dusty old books for answers, Rosemary could simply consult Wikipedia and quickly brush up on her knowledge of Satanic cults. She would then promptly move out of her new lodgings and find a cosy Airbnb to stay in instead.
Jaws (Steven Spielberg, 1975)
What Happens: Ironically land-loving police chief Martin Brody finds himself responsible for an entire beach community whicih is being terrorised by a Great White shark. The corrupt local mayor stops him from closing the beach, fearing that the town will lose precious tourist income, inevitably leading to many swimmers getting chomped under Brody’s watch.
What Would Have Happen With Social Media: Brody would sidestep the money-grabbing mayor’s instructions by creating an anonymous Twitter account to warn holiday makers of the aquatic mayhem occurring offshore. He could further raise awareness by creating a hashtag, something like #WatchOutForShark, and he could even tag in @NatGeo to come and deal with the beastly fish.
Carrie (Brian De Palma, 1976)
What Happens: High-school loner Carrie White discovers she has telekinetic powers, but this does not stop her classmates from tormenting her. After having a bucket of pigs blood dropped on her during the prom, Carrie unleashes the full fury of her powers, burning the entire school down in a supernatural rage.
What Would Have Happened With Social Media: Using Instagram stories to showcase her eerie talents, Carrie becomes a hugely popular and well-liked social media sensation. Even if the bullies do still douse her in blood, all she has to do is pick the right filter for her prom picture and no one need be any the wiser.
Ghostbusters (Ivan Reitman, 1984)
What Happens: A team of scientists commit themselves to containing the paranormal activity that is threatening New York City. They face much scepticism from the public at large and are then shut down by the public authorities, meaning the ghostly threat grows larger than ever and the city becomes a ruin.
What Would Have Happened With Social Media: The Ghostbusters could have created a LinkedIn profile for their business, complete with all their academic and scientific accreditation, thus quashing any doubts regarding their abilities. They would also have been able to showcase positive customer reviews and endorsements from happy clients, thus keeping the Big Apple spook free and simultaneously bolstering their reputation.
The Truman Show (Peter Weir, 1998)
What Happens: Unsuspecting Truman Burbeck’s whole life is merely a staged reality TV show with his every life experience broadcast to an audience of millions worldwide. After a series of events reveals the truth, Truman makes a break for freedom.
What Would Have Happened With Social Media: With the overwhelming popularity of YouTube, millions of vloggers the world over choose to broadcast their lives to millions more and do so willingly. Thus there would have been no need to trick Truman into becoming a TV star, leaving him free to do whatever he wanted with his life… Possibly even starting his own vlog.
So… What have we learned? Mainly that social media may not make classic movies better, but it certainly helps us to run our lives and businesses much more effectively with more means than ever to acquire and share essential information.
If you want to know how social media can help you, then drop TVC a line. We are less good at stopping sharks or catching ghosts, however.