Horror movies aren’t exactly known for their happy endings. In fact, some are downright depressing. We thought we would take a look at some of the most depressing ones!
I figured I’d get the most obvious one out of the way first. Are there horror fans out there who haven’t seen Frank Darabont’s adaptation of The Mist, yet? That’s probably not a fair question. I’m sure plenty of people have not seen The Mist yet. If you’re one of those people, stop reading now! Basically, after a very menacing weather phenomenon, attacks by various supernatural bug monsters and a hostile takeover by a religious maniac straight out of Lord of the Flies, five of the survivors decide to risk their lives and just drive away from the supermarket they’ve been trapped in for the entire film. Once they run out of gas, they decide they would rather die than be killed by the creatures in the mist, but they only have four bullets for the five of them in the car. David (Thomas Jane) kills everyone in the car, including his son, and steps out of the vehicle, only to see the mist receding and the army driving up in tanks to rescue them. It sucks, but it makes for an unforgettable ending!
Never have I sat in silence after the ending for a film than I did after having seen Pascal Laugier’s Martyrs. It is a polarizing film (with a pretty bland remake) that ends on an extremely ambiguous note. After having spent an unspecified period being beaten and degraded by her captors, Anna (Morjana Alaoui) is then flayed alive and enters a state of euphoria. It is revealed that the villains of the film have been attempting this procedure on countless young women in order to force them into achieve a state of transcendence and see into the afterlife. After Mademoiselle, the leader of the secret society performing these experiments asks Anna about her experience, she walks into a room by herself and puts a gun in her mouth. The action is open to interpretation: Was the information she received so wonderful that she wanted to join the afterlife or was it so awful that she couldn’t bear to live with the information? That is up to you, dear reader, and it is not an easy question to answer.