As often as the importance of endings is stated, it can never be stated loud enough. Can you have a reasonably enjoyable film with a bad ending? Sure, there are plenty. Just as there are more bad films than good films, there are more bad endings than good endings (even amongst good films).
A few months ago I wrote a piece called 5 Horror Films With Horrible Endings and you guys had a lot to say on the matter. So I decided to incorporate some of your suggestions into the sequel, 5 More Horror Movies With Horrible Endings (there’s also 5 Horror Movies With Amazing Endings if you’re feeling more positive)!
Head inside to check it out! And submit your comments for which bad endings should make the next round!
PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4
Katie running around snapping people’s necks isn’t scary. PA3 had scares galore, but I’m hard pressed to think of a recent movie that left me as unsatisfied as this one. A suburban backyard filled with CGI witches? Come on! I’m not sure I like where the Paranormal mythology is headed. Ghosts are scary. Katie isn’t.
I tend not to nitpick about potential plot holes in films. For instance, I think it’s annoying when people complain about time travel logic in movies like Looper. But Haute Tension isn’t a time travel movie. It’s a straight-ahead narrative the plunges into a sea of absurdity when it asks you to believe that Marie is the killer. I wasn’t looking for plot holes here, they came looking for me.
THE RING (2002)
I’m going to get sh*t for this one. I love the first 2/3rds of The Ring, I really do. But it lost me when Samara physically manifests out of the TV. The whole thing was much more creepy when you somehow just ended up dead after watching the tape. For me, this is a clear cut case of “less is more.”
THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT (2009)
A reasonably good remake except for 2 things. A rape segment that’s way more fetishized than it should be and the final scene of the movie. What? All things being equal Monica Potter and Tony Goldwyn are just going to blow up Garret Dillahunt’s head in the microwave like that? Just for the f*ck of it? They couldn’t think of anything else to do with him? Do microwaves even operate in that manner?
FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VIII: JASON TAKES MANHATTAN
The whole movie is terrible, but that really starts to sink in once Jason actually gets to Manhattan. That’s when you realize there’s only 15 minutes left for the movie to make good on the promise of its title. Speaking of the title “take” is a bit of strong word, he sort of just mills about. On the heels of that disappointment we’re supposed to be okay with a line of exposition about how the city regularly floods the sewers with toxic waste? And then Jason is melted by said toxic waste and turns back into a kid? Okay, that last part might have been a hallucination by one of the characters (I think). Still, weak sauce.
Chime in with some of your bad endings so we can include them in the next one!