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Five Horror Movies With Awesome Post-Credits Scenes!

Why sit through the credits? Because there may be a little reward at the end.

In recent years, post-credits “stingers” have become synonymous with Marvel’s films, often used as a way to tease future installments in the company’s cinematic universe. But extra scenes at the very end of movies are not exclusive to superhero films, and they certainly weren’t created by Marvel. In fact, a handful of movies from the ’70s and ’80s, long before the superhero boom we’re currently in the midst of, gave viewers a reason to stick around through the end credits.

Horror movies are no exception. Here are five with awesome post-credits stingers!


THE LOST BOYS 2: THE TRIBE

Once upon a time, it was rumored that both Corey Feldman and Corey Haim would return for the decades-later sequel The Lost Boys 2: The Tribe, though when the movie was released in 2008, Haim was nowhere to be seen. If you stuck through the end credits, however, you saw that Haim reprised the role of Sam Emerson for a brief scene that revealed he had become a vampire in the years since the events of the original film. The scene cuts to black just as Sam and Edgar Frog are about to engage in a battle-to-the-death, though it ended up being a fight we never got to actually see. The late Haim did not appear in the franchise’s third installment, but it was revealed that Edgar killed Sam in that battle.


ZOMBIELAND

Perhaps the best cameo in the history of cinema can be found in Zombieland, wherein Bill Murray pops up for an appearance as himself. Humorously, Murray disguises himself as a zombie so he can walk freely outside (and golf) without being attacked, and he of course ends up getting shot when Columbus mistakes him for a real zombie. The hilarious cameo reunited Murray with his Kingpin co-star Woody Harrelson, and in the post-credits scene, Murray and Harrelson’s Tallahassee together recite an iconic line from Caddyshack. Au revoir, gopher.


CURSE OF CHUCKY

Released in 2013, direct-to-video sequel Curse of Chucky brought the Child’s Play franchise back to its horror roots, successfully merging the continuities of both the original trilogy and the subsequent horror-comedy sequels. At the end of the film, a young girl finds herself in possession of Chucky, teasing that she will be the main character of the next installment. The post-credits scene, however, takes the franchise in an entirely different direction. In the stinger scene, Alex Vincent reprises the role of Andy Barclay for the first time since Child’s Play 2, telling his old friend to “play with this” before blasting him away with a shotgun. Now that’s what I call fan service!


EVIL DEAD

If you’re asking me, Fede Alvarez struck remake gold with 2013’s Evil Dead, an insanely gory franchise reboot that stayed true to the original films and introduced an ass-kicking female Ash (so to speak) in the form of actress Jane Levy’s Mia Allen. Of course, Bruce Campbell himself didn’t actually make an appearance in the remake, and while some fans weren’t too happy about that, he at least did pop up for a brief post-credits stinger that seemed to tease he would soon be returning to the series – and indeed he did just last year, courtesy of Starz series “Ash vs. Evil Dead.” After the credits, the remake comes to a close with Campbell reminding us just how groovy Ash Williams is.


THE THING (2011)

A companion piece to John Carpenter’s classic film, the 2011 version of The Thing is essentially both a prequel and a remake, telling the story of what happened at the ill-fated Norwegian outpost before MacReady and friends arrived to investigate. Loaded with poorly-realized CGI, the prequel is little more than a reminder that the horror genre just isn’t the same without the practical effects of the 1980s, but it does at least end on a satisfying and smile-inducing note. The end credits of The Thing 2011 lead directly into the events of Carpenter’s 1982 film, allowing for them to be seamlessly watched back-to-back. Pretty cool, even if the prequel was a computer-generated shell of Carpenter’s gruesome masterpiece.


Other horror movies with post-credits scenes include Dawn of the Dead (2004), House on Haunted Hill (1999), The Howling, Planet Terror, See No Evil, Slither, The Stuff, Texas Chainsaw 3D, and Wrong Turn.



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COMMENTS

45 Comments
  • Grimphantom

    You forgot to add the best post credit scene of them all

    • J Jett

      Grimphantom, what scene are you referring to? lol.

      • Flu-Like Symptoms

        That’s Frank Langella as Skeletor from Masters of the Universe. Funny, I don’t think I ever saw this scene.

        • J Jett

          oh! thanx for the clarification Flu-Like! 🙂

    • John Squires

      Still bummed that sequel never got made!

    • Kori Batchelor

      Well done! The only reason I pop this movie in from time to time is to watch Frank Langellas Skeletor scenes. He is soooooooo good and it’s such a shame he was in a movie that is pretty damn close to being awful. But Langella…man did he kill it as Skeletor.

      • enemy

        Masters of the universe is a good movie I don’t understand all the hate towards the movie. But it is one of my childhood movies.

        • Grimphantom

          I think the problem was that it didn’t took the story in Eternia and i’ll be honest when i saw the movie didn’t hate it but it did confused me alot with some of the characters like where’s Orko? I was suspecting that Gwildor might be the movie version of Orko so i was ok but still weird it out.

        • Kori Batchelor

          Oh, it’s a childhood fave of mine as well. It’s still super fun to watch, it’s just…bad. That really entertaining kinda bad.

  • ChuckBooby

    Groundhog Day? I do believe you mean Caddyshack.

    • John Squires

      Good catch, thank you!

  • J Jett

    i’ve watched THE THING 2011 several times (i own it on BR) and i’ve never seen (or even knew about) those post/mid-credits scenes! nice job at tying both THING films together!

    • Grimphantom

      The post/mid credits didn’t took too long to show, unless they edited when you saw it.

      • J Jett

        Grimphantom, i think what it is is that once the very first end credit starts i just automatically turn off the disc. 🙂

        • Kori Batchelor

          I used to do the same thing. Now I just fast forward through all end credits…just in case.

        • Alan Smithee

          Then you’re an idiot.

  • Flu-Like Symptoms

    I had Curse of Chucky one day on my secondary monitor while working and overall I thought the film was a nice pick me up in the franchise. However, I was watching the Netflix version and had no idea the scene with Alex Vincent ever happened because they cut the damn movie off right at the end of the credits! I was talking with a friend at a convention about a month later and mentioned I had finally seen the movie. He asked what I thought of the Andy scene and I was like “Huh?”

    Stupid Netflix!

    • THGrimm

      That’s odd because I watched it on Netflix too and I got to see the post-credits scene. Maybe they went back and added it?

  • Eizzy IceBorne

    Curse Of Chucky is my absolutely favourite in that list! I am still amazed how well Chucky got back to his scary roots . . . and that final scene was the cherry on the cake.

  • Johnny Rico

    The Curse of Chucky scene is amazing. The whole movie’s good, which really surprised me since Seed of Chucky was so weird.
    I also didn’t know about the Zombieland scene, and I just watched it a couple months ago!

  • Frank Lloyd Jr

    Saw VI has an after end credits scene, but I think it’s only on the unrated Director’s Cut version that was released on disc.

  • James

    Its really depressing when you see the behind the scenes for the thing and realize just how much was done practical (which the director and cast kept talking about) before the studio had a vfx group go over everything with cg. Things looked great before that happened.

    • sliceanddice

      absolutely and after they went down the cg route it looked utterly awful

      • J Jett

        sliceanddice, i agree. the cgi looked abysmal.

    • Creepshow

      I never realized that, thank you. It makes you think…did they pay practical effects guys “and” CG people? If that was the case, it was a severe waste of budget funds. I’m sure the practical effects guys got the shaft on that deal.

      • J Jett

        Creepshow, that’s a good question!

    • J Jett

      James i agree. i actually enjoyed THE THING 2011 overall. it’s the crappy CGI that kept the movie from being great. and as you said when i watched the bts vids seeing the practical fx and all the work that went into them it just really stings. the studio fucked it up and never seem to learn their lessons.

  • KSE1977

    Dawn of the Dead should totally be on this list as it totally, tragically provides closure for the movie.

  • Anthony DeRouen

    Dawn of the Dead’s end credits got me hooked on zombies. They should be included on this list. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcZqrEbDR8k

  • fannypack aficionado

    I never bothered to watch The Thing prequel, as Carpenter’s is truly a perfect masterpiece and I didn’t see the point.

    However, I will admit a smile hit my face when I saw the ode to the original opening sequence above. Still won’t watch it, but I have to respect the nod.

    • Meisha’s Taint

      It’s not great but check out the original practical effects on youtube they were going to use before they went CGI for the remake. It could of rivaled the original as far as special affects it could of been amazing. Truly upsetting to think what could of been they were working on some of the coolest stuff I’ve seen in horror. Then just went to CGI instead after all that work. Check it out it’s super cool much better then the remake.

      • Bludy_st00l

        truly fuckin upsetting…

      • fannypack aficionado

        I think I must have read this wrong…. are you saying it’s much better than Carpenter’s version?

        • Doomsday

          You’re reading whatever you want to to read, he never mentioned Carpenter’s name.

          • fannypack aficionado

            I thought he meant what was released was better, as the wording is odd. I also didn’t know we had to specifically say “Carpenter” to reference the remake (since above he references the original but is pretty clearly talking about Caprenter’s film.) Guess he meant the stuff on YouTube. But since we’re all being douchebags, you have an extra “to” in your sentence.

    • Brandon MisterJuicy Alexander

      its essentially the exact same film, but with modern “improvements”.
      i didnt like it.

  • RIP-REL

    That was a great list, John. I’ve gotta say, that post-credits scene for The Thing is my favorite of all. I mean, you can’t get any more of a seamless movie-to-movie experience than that.

    • WALKTER

      What about Halloween and Halloween 2?
      The original ones

      • TheTwoJakes

        The story is seemless…however that terrible wig they used for Laurie Strode (Curtis) kills some continuity for me. However Friday the 13th 3 and 4 blend even better.

        • J Jett

          TheTwoJakes, YES! that freaking horrible straw wig Jamie Lee wore in H2 was both atrocious and hilarious!

      • RIP-REL

        Yep, those are a great transition, too.

  • Un Gsund

    The Beyond! even thinkin about it start pushing my goosebumps 😉

  • Fate Jacket X

    Never knew about Andy in CHild’s Play. Dammit, thanks!

  • Evan3

    Fun idea. Indeed, I thought the Chucky post-credits scene was easily the best part of that film. I wish horror films did more of these.

  • Brett

    Not quite horror, but I loved the post-credits stuff on the first “new” Planet of the Apes, which showed the disease spreading. Very cool.

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