A stellar conclusion can make a good movie great and a great movie iconic. Horror movies bosting some of the most solid climaxes include the first Friday the 13th, Return of the Living Dead, and The Sixth Sense. But what are the best horror movie endings of the 21st Century?
Our friends at Looper have put together a video list that highlights 6 of the best horror movie endings of the 21st Century. These films don’t necessarily end with a twist; the point is they deliver a powerful conclusion that highlights its strengths and saves the best thrills for last. Give the video a spin and let us know what you think in the Comments section!
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If you can’t stream, the 6 best horror movie endings of the 21st Century are listed below the video, along with trailers and synopses. Enjoy!
Warning: Below There Be Spoilers!
Official Synopsis: Horror movies have to really stick the landing to last. Whether that means coming in with a surprise twist, or an explosive event, or even a maddening cliffhanger, the final moments of any good thriller should bring together all the jump scares and eerie elements that have defined the rest of the movie. For these modern flicks, the third acts were so good that they’ll easily stand the test of time. Let’s take a look at the best horror movie endings of the century so far. And don’t be scared, but there are huge spoilers ahead…
The Others (2001, Directed by Alejandro Amenábar)
Official Synopsis: Grace (Nicole Kidman), the devoutly religious mother of Anne (Alakina Mann) and Nicholas (James Bentley), moves her family to the English coast during World War II. She awaits word on her missing husband while protecting her children from a rare photosensitivity disease that causes the sun to harm them. Anne claims she sees ghosts, Grace initially thinks the new servants are playing tricks but chilling events and visions make her believe something supernatural has occurred.
Saw (2004, Directed by James Wan)
Official Synopsis: Photographer Adam Stanheight (Leigh Whannell) and oncologist Lawrence Gordon (Cary Elwes) regain consciousness while chained to pipes at either end of a filthy bathroom. As the two men realize they’ve been trapped by a sadistic serial killer nicknamed “Jigsaw” and must complete his perverse puzzle to live, flashbacks relate the fates of his previous victims. Meanwhile, Dr. Gordon’s wife (Monica Potter) and young daughter (Makenzie Vega) are forced to watch his torture via closed-circuit video.
The Mist (2007, Directed by Frank Darabont)
Official Synopsis: After a powerful storm damages their Maine home, David Drayton (Thomas Jane) and his young son head into town to gather food and supplies. Soon afterward, a thick fog rolls in and engulfs the town, trapping the Draytons and others in the grocery store. Terror mounts as deadly creatures reveal themselves outside, but that may be nothing compared to the threat within, where a zealot (Marcia Gay Harden) calls for a sacrifice.
The Cabin in the Woods (2012, Directed by Drew Goddard)
Official Synopsis: When five college friends (Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, Jesse Williams) arrive at a remote forest cabin for a little vacation, little do they expect the horrors that await them. One by one, the youths fall victim to backwoods zombies, but there is another factor at play. Two scientists (Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford) are manipulating the ghoulish goings-on, but even as the body count rises, there is yet more at work than meets the eye.
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It Follows (2015, Directed by David Robert Mitchell)
Official Synopsis: After carefree teenager Jay (Maika Monroe) sleeps with her new boyfriend, Hugh (Jake Weary), for the first time, she learns that she is the latest recipient of a fatal curse that is passed from victim to victim via sexual intercourse. Death, Jay learns, will creep inexorably toward her as either a friend or a stranger. Jay’s friends don’t believe her seemingly paranoid ravings, until they too begin to see the phantom assassins and band together to help her flee or defend herself.
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Get Out (2017, Directed by Jordan Peele)
Official Synopsis: Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy and Dean. At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he never could have imagined.
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