While Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho proved a powerful twist can make a horror movie epic, it wasn’t until The Sixth Sense took the world by storm that having the rug pulled became something genre moviegoers actually expected. In an effort to reproduce the magic of films like Planet of the Apes, fear practitioners have scrambled to come up with the latest and greatest shoe-drop moment in cinema.
Unfortunately, this quest for twists has led to some truly outlandish postulations; aha! moments that are barely better than “it was all a dream”. Our friends at WhatCulture have just released a video list of great horror movies that were ruined by terrible twists. In truth, I don’t agree with all of their choices, but do agree that sometimes an emphasis on twists can be a distraction.
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Have a watch and let us know what you think in the Comments section. If you can’t stream, the 10 movies ruined by ridiculous twists are listed below the video (along with trailers and synopses). Enjoy!
Warning: Below There Be Spoilers!
Official Synopsis: They almost had it and then…
Thesis (1996, Directed by Alejandro Amenábar)
Official Synopsis: A Spanish film student (Ana Torrent) finds a videotape showing the torture and murder of a missing coed.
[REC] (2007, Directed by Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza)
Official Synopsis: A reporter (Manuela Velasco) and her cameraman record the horrifying outbreak of a disease that turns humans into vicious cannibals.
All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (2006, Directed by Jonathan Levine)
Official Synopsis: Beautiful Mandy Lane (Amber Heard) isn’t a party girl but, when classmate Chloe (Whitney Able) invites the Texas high school student to a bash in the countryside, she reluctantly accepts. After hitching a ride with a vaguely scary older man (Anson Mount), the teens arrive at their destination. Partying ensues, and Mandy’s close pal, Emmet (Michael Welch), keeps a watchful eye on the young males making a play for Mandy. Then two of the students are murdered.
The Awakening (2012, Directed by Nick Murphy)
Official Synopsis: In post-World War I England a writer and sometime-ghost hunter (Rebecca Hall) investigates a reported haunting at a boys’ boarding school.
Take Shelter (2011, Directed by Jeff Nichols)
Official Synopsis: Curtis LaForche (Michael Shannon) lives in a small Ohio town with his loving wife (Jessica Chastain) and hearing-impaired daughter (Tova Stewart). Though money is tight, he and his family are very happy. But then, Curtis begins having terrifying dreams about an apocalypse that threatens them all. Rather than confiding in Samantha, he begins building a storm shelter in the backyard, and his strange behavior causes tension in their marriage and the surrounding community.
Sinister (2012, Directed by Scott Derrickson)
Official Synopsis: True-crime writer Ellison Oswald (Ethan Hawke) is in a slump; he hasn’t had a best seller in more than 10 years and is becoming increasingly desperate for a hit. So, when he discovers the existence of a snuff film showing the deaths of a family, he vows to solve the mystery. He moves his own family into the victims’ home and gets to work. However, when old film footage and other clues hint at the presence of a supernatural force, Ellison learns that living in the house may be fatal.
The Forgotten (2004, Directed by Joseph Ruben)
Official Synopsis: In “The Forgotten,” Julianne Moore stars as Telly Paretta, a grieving mother struggling to cope with the loss of her 8-year-old son. She is stunned when her psychiatrist (Gary Sinise) reveals that she has created eight years of memories about a son she never had. But when she meets a man (Dominic West) who has had a similar experience, Telly embarks on a search to prove her son’s existence and her sanity.
The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence (2011, Directed by Tom Six)
Official Synopsis: A depraved mama’s boy (Laurence R. Harvey) goes on a killing and collecting spree to recreate the experiment portrayed in “The Human Centipede (First Sequence).”
The Village (2004, Directed by M. Night Shyamalan)
Official Synopsis: Members (Bryce Dallas Howard, Joaquin Phoenix, Adrien Brody) of a 19th-century community fear the strange creatures that inhabit the surrounding forest.
High Tension (2005, Directed by Alexandre Aja)
Official Synopsis: A beautiful young Frenchwoman, Alex (Maïwenn Le Besco), travels out to the country to visit her family and brings along her friend Marie (Cécile de France). Soon after they get settled in the secluded home, Alex’s parents are brutally attacked by a psychotic truck driver (Philippe Nahon), who proceeds to stalk the two women as well. When the killer kidnaps Alex in his truck, Marie hides in the back to try and rescue her, but the bloodshed is far from over.
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