Gather around children because it’s that time again. Time for me to share my macabre knowledge with you hungry little souls. This week we’re delving into the horror movies with the best endings. Now with so many films out there with great endings some of your favorites may get left out, but fear not my darlings because I know you’ll enjoy my list once you take it all in. So, light the candles and chant the words as we cross over to the other side.
10- The Descent (2005)
Sewing up the tenth spot on our list is The Descent, from 2005. This film gave us a claustrophobic setting, an adrenaline ride storyline and some unique twists. The end of this film throws the audience for a loop with its ending. It has us believing one of our would-be heroines will escape the hellish cave setting and the monstrous crawlers that dwell in their depths, but then we’re given the reality. Sarah awakens in the cave and realizes that she never left the cave and we can hear the crawlers in the distance closing in. This ending was masterful.
09- Saw (2004)
The ninth spot is occupied by the 2004 franchise launching, Saw. This film is held in another tight space. Two strangers locked in a room and being forced to play a deadly game for their survival. This film not only launched one of the most controversial and bloody film series it also boasts a great ending. The ending of the film sees one of our would-be heroes bleeding to death after having sawed his own foot off and the other left to die in the room after our ringmaster Jigsaw reveals he’s been in attendance for the entire film. A haunting ending to the film that demonstrates just how close our monsters can be without our knowledge.
08- The Mist (2007)
At the eighth spot on this list, is held by the 2007 supernatural thriller, The Mist. In this film we get an unexplained disaster that shrouds a quiet New England town in mist. Within this mist are monsters from another world and they are hungry. The ending of this film is chilling our leading man David Drayton is left to make a horrible choice, killing everyone in his vehicle, including his son to prevent them from having to meet their end at the claws of the monsters. After loosing the final bullet in his gun, the mist clears, and the military has regained control. We’re left with David Drayton weeping and covered in the blood of his son and friends.
07- Sleepaway Camp (1983)
Holding the lucky number seven spot is the 1983 classic Sleepaway Camp. The 80s yielded some of the greatest slasher films of all time and this one is in the running as one of the best. This film gives us thrilling kills and a spooky camp setting. It also boasts a daring twist as we find out our killer who we thought was a woman, is the brother of Susie our main heroine. The blood-soaked end scene with Angela/Peter holding a severed head and shrieking like an animal is a chilling end.
06- Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
Snatching the sixth spot is fittingly the classic 1968 thriller Rosemary’s Baby. This movie boasts a woman experiencing the stresses of a new home and eventually the coming of her first child. As the film progresses we learn a startling truth, everyone around her is really part of a dark cult. The film ends with the startling revelation that Rosemary consorted unknowingly with the devil and her son is to be his reborn son. The film ends with poor Rosemary in a room with all her neighbors and friends hailing Satan.
05- The Wicker man (1973)
At the fifth spot, is the 1973 classic The Wickerman. This film has a remote island with a pagan cult and a constable on a mission to find a lost girl. The rollercoaster ride ends with the constable finding out it was all a carefully orchestrated trap and he is to be a human sacrifice. We also get a magnificent cast and soundtrack to boot. The final scene sees our hero burned alive as a sacrifice for the island’s crops.
04- High Tension (2003)
The fourth spot is occupied by the 2003 thrill-ride revenge story High Tension. A farmhouse getaway turns into a bloodbath as a vicious killer spoils our happy couple’s time. The ending gives us a tasty swerve as we find out that the leading lady is the killer and she has a split-personality. This film flips the script and takes us for a ride that has us guessing until the very end.
03- Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Locking up the third spot on our list is the 1968 zombie classic Night of the Living Dead. This film has it all zombies, it launched an entire genre and it has some brilliant filmography for its time. After our would-be lone survivor makes it through the night, he is shot dead by some gun-toting townsfolk who mistake him for a zombie and ultimately leaves wishing that he could have made out okay after all his efforts for survival.
02- The Devil’s Rejects (2005)
The second spot on the list is held by Rob Zombie’s The Devil’s Rejects, from 2005. This film is the gritty backwoods sequel to House of 1000 Corpses and boasts a colorful cast of murderous characters. This movie sports tons of great one-liners and gives the audience a last stand from our rebellious Firefly Family Cult with police. It ends with Free Bird playing in the background like a hillbilly anthem and a bloody shootout. Ultimately, the ending has audiences almost wishing these blood-soaked devil worshippers got away.
01- Friday the 13th (1980)
The final spot on the list was difficult to choose, but I eventually decided that much like a crippled limb you just got to rip it off. The final spot on this list is occupied firmly by the original 1980 slasher film Friday the 13th. After a big reveal of a vengeful mother as our murderer we see our heroine behead Mrs. Voorhees and we breathe a sigh of relief as our survivor Alice rows away in a boat. As Alice takes a moment to reflect Jason Voorhees leaps from the lake into the boat and lunges at Alice. This ending sparked numerous sequels and redefined the slasher film genre for over a decade.
I hope you enjoyed our list until next time my darlings, stay scared…