5 Endings That Ruined The Movie
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Today we’re going to talk about one of the worst things that can happen when you’re watching a movie. I’m not talking about the person in front of you at the theater texting (but that is obnoxious, like we can’t see the bright light?) or the kid behind you kicking your seat. Nope, what I’m talking about is much much worse.
Picture it: You’re invested in the film, and can feel the AMAZING story is about to be wrapped up into this EPIC ending when all of a sudden the filmmakers throw in their last scenes.
But the only thing is, they don’t fit with the rest of the movie. In fact, it feels like they just needed to finish the film, and in doing so the last few minutes RUIN the entire movie.
Don’t you hate it when that happens?
Here are a few films where the ending ruined the movie. Now be warned, there are MAJOR spoilers for the films mentioned below. We are talking about their endings, after all. If you haven’t seen these films and don’t want to know about their (horrible) endings, stop reading NOW.
[Warning: There might be spoilers for the movies mentioned.]
Based on the Stephen King novel of the same title, IT is about a group of kids that grow in Maine (I just described ALL of Stephen King’s novels), and end up unleashing a killer clown on themselves. Truthfully I’m a little sketchy on the details of HOW Pennywise the clown comes to be, but I do know that the kids are the only ones that can see him and he resides in a place called “the meadows”.
IT is a terrifying story. The children, now all grown up adults, once again start seeing Pennywise everywhere. and start dying off one by one. Or do they?
While you’re sucked into this story that scares on a primal level (I’m sorry, but clowns freak me out. Especially invisible homicidal clowns. NO. THANK YOU.), we’re shown that Pennywise isn’t really a clown.
Instead at the climax of the movie when the characters are about to conquer their fears it turns out that Pennywise is in fact….wait a giant spider?? Huh? And while the friends are killing this thing (I guess that’s why it’s titled IT, I still don’t know what it actually is). All of a sudden it opens up to revel a giant ball of light?
Yeah, I didn’t get it ether.
Great movie – HORRIBLE ending. IT, you lost me at “not a clown, but a giant spider/huge ball of light”.
I was hesitant to put this on this list because I LOVE the premise of the movie.
WHAT DREAMS MAY COME is an overall great film. The premise is horribly depressing. Robin Williams dies in a car crash, and decides to haunt his wife (…I’m giving you the cliffs notes version here – there’s more to it than that…) when he realizes that his presence is driving her crazy, he decides to leave and move on.
BUT, it’s too late. His wife, who has pretty much gone insane with grief (in addition to losing her husband, they also had two kids that died previously) and kills herself. Williams character blames himself (rightly so) and spends his time going into hell to save her soul. Sounds like a great love story, right?
WRONG. The entire family is dead. AND THAT’S THE END OF THE MOVIE. They are all dead. ALL OF THEM. Dead.
Really? You couldn’t at least let the mother live? Come on. I know that they’re all happy together in heaven, but THEY ARE ALL DEAD. I almost threw my remote through my TV when I gave What Dreams May Come a recent rewatch.
Another ending that will make you want to break your television.
THE MIST is a GREAT thriller. Based (again) on the Stephen King book, The Mist is the story of a small town that is over run by, well, a mist. But this is no ordinary mist. Nope. Hiding IN the mist (which is so thick you can’t see ANYTHING) are creatures that earth has never seen before. And they’re out to kill the humans.
Our main character takes shelter with a slew of other people from his town in a grocery store. His son is with him, and the main focus of these survivors is to find a way out. Filled with great jumps, and a very, VERY creepy atmosphere, The Mist is GREAT. Until the end.
Now, I have a feeling that people are going to be split on this ending. Either you love it or hate it. But our survivor and four (or three, I don’t remember) other people including his son (he’s about 7) all pile into a car and decide to drive through the mist until they find someone to save them. Like the army.
Well, there’s nothing around and the mist isn’t letting up. and then they run out of gas. NOW here’s where it gets bad. Our protagonist has a gun. With only enough bullets to kill the people that he’s with. SO what does he do? Figuring all hope is lost – HE SHOOTS HIS SON.
Yep. Granted, he’s broken up about it, but he kills the kid none the less, and gets out of the car to commit suicide by mist. AND THEN we hear a roar and the ground shakes and as an audience (still completely blown away that the kid got killed) we’re expecting to see something Godzilla like come out of the mist. Not so much. It’s the FREAKING ARMY WITH TANKS AND WEAPONS COME TO SAVE HUMANITY.
Are. You. SERIOUS?! TWO more minutes. Not even. ONE minute and they all would’ve been saved. Oh, the ending of The Mist made me ANGRY.
I’m going to preface this by saying the following: I really didn’t like THE VILLAGE, but the ending ruined ANY chance it had to be even a halfway decent film for me.
So, The Village is the story about a colony of people that live off of the land and never venture outside their village walls. There are also these things that terrorize the village if anyone tries to leave, so no one really feels inclined to jump the fence to the world beyond. Since everyone has everything that they need right in their village, there has never been a reason to leave. So, picture that we’re in colonial times, or around there.
Then something happens and one of the younger children (the daughter of one of the village’s elders) decides to leave to find medicine for her dying fiancée. Did I mention she’s blind? And is going to make this trip by herself?
Okay, fine. It’s a Shyamalan movie so we can expect two things: Shyamalan will make an appearance and there will be a twist to this simple story. And we’re right! Said girl ends up jumping the fence and Shyamalan DOES make an appearance – as a modern day park ranger.
Yep. Turns out the village isn’t in the past, it’s in modern day times and the village “Elders” decided to concoct the idea of the beasts that kill if people try to leave the walls to keep their families safe from the modern world.
WHAT THE HELL?! It was all fake?! All of it?! And no one cared that this group of people had just set up a VILLAGE in the middle of a park or something? Come on.
I’m probably going to be banned from writing opinion pieces when I put this movie on the list.
I don’t CARE that filmmakers, critics, and everyone else under the sun thinks that CITIZEN KANE is the best movie ever. I wanted to MURDER Orson Welles when I saw the ending of this movie.
I get that it’s all symbolic. That this broken man is dying and just begging for the ONE thing that brought him joy in his miserable life. And honestly Orson? You had me. You had me RIGHT UP UNTIL THE REVEAL! And then I found out “Rosebud” was his SLED. I about flew through the roof.
A SLED?! A sled. I don’t even know what to say to that other than that’s 119 minutes of my life that I’ll never get back.
Well, there we are. Five movies where the ending just SLAUGHTERED the goodness that was the beginning and middle. Now, I realize that not all will agree with me, so let me know what you would have listed! What movies infuriated you with their endings?
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