As a film fanatic, I love an ending with a surprise twist that I didn't see coming. When this filmmaking device is executed well, it can make a movie memorable for all the right reasons. Conversely, when a film can't quite pull off a surprise ending, it can appear creepy, disturbing, and unsettling. Spoiler alert: According to a recent online thread, these ten movies had endings that were so bad they defied logic.
1. Solaris (2002)
George Clooney's character, Dr. Chris Kelvin, is haunted in outer space by the memory of his deceased wife, who soon materializes as an alien life form that is not only a replica of her but is seemingly indestructible as she keeps coming back. However, for multiple users, finding out that Kelvin chose to remain in space while his alien doppelganger returned to earth in his place was too much to believe.
2. Midsommar (2019)
The idea that Dani, the film's female protagonist, would select her boyfriend to die by ritual sacrifice stretches the bounds of credulity for several people. Even if he wanted to break up with her, his death was horrific by any standard.
3. Get Out (2017)
While this film did well at the box office, some viewers found the ending dissatisfying. The primary antagonist was left alive but wounded, leaving the possibility that she could survive to send more unsuspecting men to the Sunken Place.
4. Shutter Island (2010)
Finding out that Leonardo DiCaprio's character was not a police detective and war veteran, but was the wife-murdering man his detective persona was hunting, turned off some viewers as being too implausible an ending.
5. Dark Water (2005)
When the back story of the ghostly child Natasha is revealed – she has been abandoned in the apartment complex by her neglectful, abusive parents.
The only individuals bearing the consequences of her abandonment and death are the building superintendent, who concealed his knowledge of her body, and Dahlia, who, in her ultimate act of sacrifice, becomes Natasha's surrogate mother in death after giving up her own life to protect her daughter. So why weren't the parents found and punished? Unsatisfying, indeed.
6. The Vanishing (1988)
If you seek a film where the villain faces consequences for their actions, this isn't the one. Witnessing a criminal escape justice for kidnapping and murder not just once but twice, with the movie ending in such a manner, feels like a gut-wrenching disappointment.
7. The Mist (2007)
Posters to the online forum are dissatisfied with the ending of this movie. Following a harrowing ordeal, during which they faced off against colossal insects and other monstrous creatures throughout most of the movie, a cluster of survivors opted to end their lives in anticipation of what they perceived as an inescapable death. Regrettably, the sole remaining survivor among them, driven by compassion, kills the others, only to realize moments later that they are on the brink of rescue by the military.
8. Kids (1995)
Talk about a film with a creepy, disturbing ending. Seventeen-year-old Telly is HIV positive but seemingly doesn't know it. Jennie, a girl that he infected with the virus, spends the day looking for him as he preys on other unsuspecting young girls. Viewers never know if Jennie tells him of her diagnosis.
9. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
Matthew, the lead character played by Donald Sutherland in this remake of the 1956 film, spends the better part of two hours running from the alien pod people, only to reveal himself to be one of them at the end of the movie. This ending is a bitter pill to swallow for a lot of fans.
10. Saw (2004)
Easily one of the creepiest, most disturbing movie endings ever, according to multiple users. Finding out the corpse lying on the floor for the entirety of the film was the Jigsaw Killer, who then permanently imprisoned his victim, was shocking and unsettling.
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