I'm looking for a word or phrase which best describes the idea of making someone think something is about to happen but it doesn't. To put that into context:
Lets say a director essentially wants to copy a scene of a famous movie frame by frame, and that scene ends with a famous quote. You know the phrase is about to be said, but the director intends to let you down, for effect.
It has been bugging me for most of today, and I've looked up in online dictionaries and thesauruses.
Words I have found that I closely resemble the description, but i don't think quite fit:
- Irony – "an outcome of events contrary to what was, or might have been, expected."
- Deceive / Mislead – "cause (someone) to have a wrong idea or impression."