Prematurely revealing the natives as cannibals in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

A screenshot from Pirates of the Caribbean 2 featuring Johnny Depp

Movie captions should never reveal information prematurely. In this example, the captions give away a key plot detail before the narrative is ready to do so.

Source: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, 2006. DVD. Featured captions: (speaks cannibals’ language), (cannibals’ language), (cannibals murmur), (cannibals’ language), and (cannibals’ language).

S. Zdenek

Dr. Sean Zdenek is an associate professor of technical and professional writing at the University of Delaware. He is the author of Reading Sounds: Closed-Captioned Media and Popular Culture (University of Chicago Press, 2015).


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