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Horror films with no happy ending (spoilers)...

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#1 of 48 todd s

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Posted April 25 2005 - 02:48 PM

I was just watching the remake of Dawn of the Dead. And in the end you see they get to where they are going only to find out the zombies are there and they probably get eaten. Now, I know some people like these type of endings. But, I don't. You invest your time in seeing these people...only for it to be for nought. Although, it was a fun ride Posted Image Even, the A-Teaming of the mall minibus.

Another movie that had an unhappy ending was the remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
Bring back John Doe! Or at least resolve the cliff-hanger with a 2hr movie or as an extra on a dvd release.

#2 of 48 Malcolm R

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Posted April 25 2005 - 04:02 PM

"Saw" and "Seven" both took the road less travelled....

I believe "28 Days" also had both upbeat and downbeat endings.
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Posted April 25 2005 - 05:45 PM

Rosemary's Baby

Although I guess it could be termed "happy" from another point of view....

"And now the reprimand, from an American critic. He reproaches me for using film as a sacred & lasting medium, like a painting or a book. He does not believe that filmmaking is an inferior art, but he believes, and quite rightly, that a reel goes quickly, that the public are looking above all for relaxation, that film is fragile and that it is pretentious to express the power of one's soul by such ephemeral and delicate means, that Charlie Chaplin's or Buster Keaton's first films can only be seen on very rare and badly spoiled prints. I add that the cinema is making daily progress and that eventually films that we consider marvelous today will soon be forgotten because of new dimensions & colour. This is true. But for 4 weeks this film [The Blood of a Poet] has been shown to audiences that have been so attentive, so eager & so warm, that I wonder after all there is not an anonymous public who are looking for more than relaxation in the cinema." - Jean Cocteau, 1932

#4 of 48 Peter McM

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Posted April 26 2005 - 02:12 AM

When they bomb at the box office. For the studios, definitely not a happy ending...
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#5 of 48 Steve Phillips

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Posted April 26 2005 - 03:11 AM

Earliest one I can think of is THE MUMMY'S GHOST (or is it THE MUMMY'S CURSE?) from 1944, but I am sure there are earlier examples.

Other older ones that come to mind are both of the COUNT YORGA flicks...

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Posted April 26 2005 - 03:53 AM

The original George Sluizer movie The Vanishing has a great, road less traveled ending...but they had to change it for the American remake....Posted Image


The Original Movie...

The lead character tries to find out what happened to his girlfriend, only to be buried alive by the killer - He lights a candle, and the lights slowly go out....

The lame remake...

For the remake, the same character somehow manages to dig himself out of the grave...

#7 of 48 Russell G

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Posted April 26 2005 - 03:58 AM

None of Romero's "Dead" films have happy endings. "Jeepers Creepers" also has a similar ending.

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Posted April 26 2005 - 04:06 AM

One of my favorite 70s movies, coming out on DVD soon, RACE WITH THE DEVIL.

The Satanists get them in the end.

And you believe, at heart, everyone's a killer...

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Posted April 26 2005 - 04:16 AM

Halloween: Season of the Witch

TV Broadcast begins to play the flashing pumpkin that will activiate all the special Halloween masks. You never find out if the call to stop the broadcast was successful.

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#10 of 48 Ernest Rister

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Posted April 26 2005 - 05:07 AM

Manos: The Hands of Fate

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Posted April 26 2005 - 05:28 AM

Manos: The Hands of Fate

Yes it does. The fact that the movie is over is a happy ending. Posted Image


#12 of 48 Scott McGillivray

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Posted April 26 2005 - 05:40 AM

Manos: The Hands of Fate

- Good call! But was there anything happy about that "film" other than when it was over? Posted Image

Another to that list would be "House of 1000 corpses". Bad movie, but it did have no happy ending.

"Mothers Day" - again, bad movie no happy ending.

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Posted April 26 2005 - 05:41 AM

The Butterfly Effect's Directors Cut Ending

Instead of merely never speaking with Kayle again, Evan ends up killing himself in the womb. This was different from the theatrical ending and from what I recall, the studios wouldn't let the director show it in theaters, so the only way to view this ending is on the DVD.

Interesting thread .. lets keep it going.

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#14 of 48 todd s

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Posted April 26 2005 - 06:08 AM

Can people (in spoilers) put a synopsis for the unhappy endings here? Like what Mike did.
Bring back John Doe! Or at least resolve the cliff-hanger with a 2hr movie or as an extra on a dvd release.

#15 of 48 Jesse Skeen

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Posted April 26 2005 - 07:31 AM

"The Last American Virgin" has the best ending of any movie ever made. Posted Image
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#16 of 48 Joe Karlosi

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Posted April 26 2005 - 07:56 AM

None of Romero's "Dead" films have happy endings.

I wouldn't say that. DAY OF THE DEAD has a happy ending, which I love.

#17 of 48 Russell G

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Posted April 26 2005 - 08:29 AM

I wouldn't say that. DAY OF THE DEAD has a happy ending, which I love.

My mistake Joe, it does have a happy ending. I was thinking it was like the others. It is just such an unpleasant, intense, angry movie,I was thinking it ended unhappily. Don't get me wrong though, I do love the film, it has grown on me considerably, I'd put it at number 2 behind Dawn.

In Jeepers Creeper, the monster wins.

Other unhappy endings are "Blair Witch Project" and "Cannibal Hollocaust"

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Posted April 26 2005 - 08:30 AM

Jaws 2, 3 & 4 didn't have happy endings.
They were so bad I was rooting for the shark...

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Posted April 26 2005 - 01:23 PM

Pet Sematary did not have a happy ending.

Stephen King's novel, which this was based on, had a rather ambiguous ending, in that you did not know what Rachel did after she came back and said, "Darling." The movie had the lights go out, and then Lou screaming, "No!" which kind of rules out a happy ending.

Ernest, have to agree with you on Manos having a happy ending, in that, yes, it did indeed END.

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#20 of 48 Linda Thompson

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Posted April 26 2005 - 03:04 PM

The alternate ending of "Army Of Darkness":

Ash takes too many drops of the potion and oversleeps, only to awaken in a post-apocalyptic wasteland.

Not a horror movie, but Cube 2: Hypercube has an unexpected unhappy ending:

The female lead, escaped after making it through and surviving everything the cube threw at her, is executed (shot).

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