People Debate The Absolute Worst Ways To End A Movie
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Some movies have endings that are just blatantly terrible.

Pretty in Pink, Hair, The Human Centipede—it's amazing sometimes how an ending so bleak or unsatisfying could be approved by any movie studio.

Redditor christianreeve93 asked:

"What's the worst way to end a movie?"

That's just bad marketing.

"The Devil Inside. At the end of the movie it tells you to go to a web page to find out the ending of the movie. Doesn't get much worse than that."


"What. The... I have not seen this movie but this right here has to be the winner."


Low-hanging fruit.

"Shark's Tale didn't end with a screen simply saying 'Fin.' So that."


"That's how The Meg ended. So there's that."



There's one exception.

"It was all a dream/movie/fake/never happened . . . . f*ck you 'Ice cream Truck Killer', why did you have to have that ending!?"


"I agree with you with one exception - The Wizard of Oz mainly because at the time it was filmed, that wasn't a done-to-death plot but also because it was pretty clear it must have been a dream from the beginning since most of the main Oz characters looked exactly like Kansas characters."


Good example.

"With a plot twist that comes completely out of nowhere and makes no sense, purely for shock value."


"This is what happened in Now You See Me and I was amazed at how much people liked it despite this. There were scenes of Mark Ruffalo personally being distraught that he couldn't catch these guys and then apparently he was supposed to be the spectator/judge of this vague magician cult the entire time."

"So it's like--what was he doing? Was he trying to convince himself that he wasn't involved? I guess you could say some bullsh*t about how "he was just that clever" but it really just made it look like they decided to change his values at the very end of the movie for the purpose of a twist."


Ruined a perfectly fine ending.

"Completely changing the outcome to awkwardly turn it into a happy end. Looking at you, I Am Legend."


"This is my personal pet peeve with movies. Tom Cruise's Far and Away pissed me off so badly with this. The end of the movie he dies and the camera starts to pan out while the soundtrack music turns to a minor key. We see Nicole Kidman's character holding his dead body. A beautiful poignant ending scene. But then the music swells and the camera reverses to start panning in on Tom Cruise and suddenly he gasps and wakes up and is just fine so they can live happily ever after. What utter crap."




"Leaving it open for another movie, that sucks a**."


"Especially when its a really GOOD opening, but the sequel never comes. I'm still waiting to see what the (expletive deleted) is crashing through the jungle at the ending of Deep Rising."


Good point.

"THE END... and then, after a few seconds... THE END?"


"When the studio basically says, 'did we make enough money to justify a sequel?'"


Glad they didn't use this one.

"Having a dude walk in and shoot Dante after Randall leaves for the night. EDIT"


"That scene is more revealing than one might think. Kevin made 'Clerks' because he was afraid of getting robbed, shot, and dying without having done anything with his life but jockey a register."




"Killing off all if not most of the characters for no f*cking reason. Not for plot development, just cuz "hurrdurr, our movie is dark, something something not everyone gets a happy ending hehe". Especially when the audience has connected with the characters throughout the movie. Don't kill em off with no intention of making the movie better. They did this so much especially back in 1998 when the undertaker- I'm kidding, I won't do that to you."


Loses all of its meaning.

"A voiceover narration over the last scene explaining what we were looking at and what it all meant. Man, I forgot how powerful that scene was. Anyway, the whole point of the movie was to NOT explain what was going on so you would try to figure it out yourself because, in the end, that's how exploration and discovery work."



"Whatever 'Next' did. That action was amazing, until finding out that it was all just a premonition. God dang it."


"I actually liked that ending. 'And then the plot was resolved completely' is the default ending. Having the ending of the film be a vision that is unique to the character's abilities, but also unique to the character himself due to events that have occurred during said narrative, is at least an interesting twist on the 'and we all lived happily ever after' ending that is implied."



"When Scarlett Johannson turns into a USB drive. 'Lucy.'


"I instinctively wanted to downvote you, but then I noticed that I completely forgot about that garbage movie and thought you meant 'Her' - which was an awesome movie where she turns into a network, not a USB drive."


Half a Movie

"Pirates of the Caribbean 2 ending. After the first one was a hit they had the option of making stand alone movies or trying to create a trilogy that they weren't set up for. I really wish they would have done the stand alone stuff before that franchise went off the deep end."


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Hobbit Issues

"While a lot of people will cite there was never any reason to make three Hobbit films, the ending of the second is really weirdly paced, and exists just to be a sequel hook. Movie one ends with them arriving at the mountain, which is the natural end of act one for the story. Movie two then ends with the dragon about to attack the town next to the mountain."

"Which seems like a reasonable cliffhanger, but it's resolved within the first ten minutes of movie three, and the real end of act two comes in shortly thereafter when it becomes clear that there will be a battle for the mountain now the dragon is gone. This is where movie two should've actually ended, as the dragon is the main villain of movie two."


Bad Empire

"So The Empire Strikes Back."


"I mean, empire was a good movie on IG's own imo. They didn't pad the runtime or split a story that could perfectly be told in one movie. Look at it this way: it's fine if the pay off of a story comes in a sequel but it's not fine if the first one doesn't have anything to tell because of it or ends at a very boring point. In that case you just feel that you actually got to the middle of what should be one movie."



"With the fire alarm going off, the automatic voice quieter than the movie. Movie doesn't stop, and there's not a single employee in sight as you wander out. This happens right at the climax, and there's just a huge group outside having no clue what happened."


The Give Up

"Rushing the ending always kills a movie for me. It’s like the writers didn’t really know how to end it so they threw everything together haphazardly."


"This is how I felt about Get Out. It was a well done psychological thriller with some political commentary and then bam, just turns into a revenge fantasy with a happy ending out of nowhere."


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Boring Death

"DRACULA SPOILER** Was watching Dracula on Netflix. Thought the bada** lead character was going to kill Dracula in some elaborate, secret scheme, or some thing cool, but no. Essentially she goes on a tangent about how Dracula is afraid to die and blah blah. In the end he decides to kill himself out of shame. Yes they killed Dracula with shame. IMO that was the worst, most anti-climatic ending to a pretty good story."


I hear you...

"A voiceover narration over the last scene explaining what we were looking at and what it all meant. Man, I forgot how powerful that scene was. Anyway, the whole point of the movie was to NOT explain what was going on so you would try to figure it out yourself because, in the end, that’s how exploration and discovery work."



"I think this is just my opinion, but endings like Legally Blonde where they have freeze frames and then explain what happens to the characters in the future. I don't know why, but it just feels so tacky to me. With a tacky movie like Legally Blonde (which I love, there can be good tacky), I get it, but other movies that have a more serious demeanour, it feels disingenuous and incomplete."


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These are examples of some terrible movie endings from the kind people over at Reddit.

What are yours?

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