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The Mist (2007)

I remember when my Dad and I watched Stephen King's, The Mist, and, as the film got to the end, he started muttering 'you're not gonna like how it ends'. Well, the end came and my Dad was right. The father just realized they can't escape the mist, so he shoots his family and then tries to shoot himself. However, this doesn't work because he's run out of bullets. He then gets out of the car and waits for the creatures in the mist to kill him. Instead, this happens:

*screams internally*
*screams internally*

Yep. If he had waited a few more seconds, he would've seen that the military were clearing the mist and were going to find him. Even though I feel this was a better ending than the book it's based on, it didn't stop me from shouting 'NOOOO!' in shock at the TV screen hoping that the film was, somehow, gonna turn and end happily.

Drag Me To Hell (2009)

Knowing how a film's going to end and seeing the actual ending happen are two completely different experiences. In the previous scene, you're led to believe that main character Christine Brown has broken her curse and won't be going to hell. This still seems to be the case as her and her boyfriend meet at the train station to go away for the weekend. However, things go horribly wrong extremely quickly when it's revealed that the boyfriend had the button in his car throughout the previous night and Christine hadn't gotten rid of the cursed button. This led to me shouting 'NO! THAT'S NOT FAIR!' as Christine is dragged to Hell for eternal damnation and torture. This was then followed by me laughing because the film definitely delivered on its title.

As Above/So Below (2014)

With the first two entries, I've said that I reacted and shouted at my TV in shock when seeing the film's endings. With this one, the shouting was in disapointment: I couldn't believe that a horror film with such a haunting setting would have bland characters, a plotline that seemed confusing and, to top it off, an empty ending that didn't explain any of the events that had previously unfolded. This time, I found myself shouting 'NO! THAT'S NOT HOW YOU'RE GOING TO END!' Alas, yes, that is how the film ends. You can see the final scene below (Note: the video isn't in English).

The Lion King (1994)

OH, THE FEELS! This Disney film was an emotional rollercoaster from start to finish. However, the ending made me feel overwhelmed. The music was emotional, and along with animation of Simba, you could tell he had come a long way. No longer was he the mischeivous cub we saw at the beginning of the film. He had come to learn and accept who and what he really was - the King!

'Remember who you are'
'Remember who you are'

Jeepers Creepers (2001)

This is one of the creepiest endings I've ever sat through. Partly because I didn't know it was going to end like that (believe it or not), but also because the actual torture isn't shown. Instead the camera travels through the location this scene takes place in while the 'Jeepers Creepers' song can be heard. This happy melody is slightly drowned out by the screams of the main character, Darry, before being shown the end result of The Creeper's gruesome work on the character. The ending scene also lets you know the film isn't afraid to kill off a main character. This makes the ending disturbing, eerie and makes your stomach turn.

'Jeepers Creepers, Where'd You Get Those Eyes?'
'Jeepers Creepers, Where'd You Get Those Eyes?'

Red Dog (2011)

Firstly, if you have not seen this film, please go and watch it. It is a fantastic Australian film that is very underrated. Based on a true story, it uses re-enacted flashbacks from various characters to tell the story of a dog as he unites a small community and gains a master and friend. However, this being a film revolving around a dog, it's only a matter of time before it starts to become a bit of a tear-jerker and this is no exception. During the film, the dog's master tragically dies and, this being unknown to the dog, it starts to search for him but is unable to. The film then flashes back to the present where the dog itself is dying in a small bar, with the community looking after it. Knowing that it's nearing death, Red Dog slips out of the bar and disappears. Members of the community then find Red Dog has finally found his master's gravestone and has peacefully reunited with him. Being a dog lover and a previous dog owner myself, I found this ending satisfying but very upsetting.

Red Dog and his master John, played by Josh Lucas
Red Dog and his master John, played by Josh Lucas

Blair Witch Project (1999)

I've already mentioned my hatred for this film in a previous article. However, I found the ending to be haunting. What makes this ending scary was, apart from the disembodied screaming and the two main characters shouting, there was just complete silence. This is a slight change from the more natural sounds in the woods that we had been hearing throughout the rest of the film. The person (or creature) that's screaming round the 30 second mark in the clip below never makes an appearance, which means the viewer is always on the edge of their seat, either waiting for a scare or waiting for a reveal. Yet it never happens. Even when the camera suddenly drops at the very end, nothing is revealed, leaving a sense of mystery round the film even once the credits roll.


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