The 10 Worst Horror Finales
There’s nothing quite as disheartening as a botched finale. Viewing and thoroughly enjoying a quality genre piece, only to be utterly insulted by the big climax is akin to eating a nice meal at a nice restaurant, the glorious dessert on your mind all night, only to receive a burnt pastry as the final course. It sucks, and it – to an extent – spoils the whole damn experience, to be blunt. We’ve seen an awful lot of loathe worthy finales over the years, but these 10 flicks, well, they’re damn near guaranteed to royally piss you off as a result of the waning moments!
Paranormal Activity 4: Carbon copy of the finale featured in Paranormal Activity 3? Well, yeah... pretty much. This was a dreadful film that signaled the complete jumping of the shark for the Paranormal Activity franchise, and the weak, cop-out conclusion sure as hell didn’t do anything to help the film’s cause.
It: How about we take a film that features a super creepy, killer clown, and wrap it all up with an embarrassing spider prop? That’s exactly what happened to the made-for-television adaptation of Stephen King’s beloved book, and to be honest, it was more than annoying to watch unfold, it was painful. Sometimes less is more.
Freddy vs. Jason: Freddy vs. Jason was a really, really fun feature. It’s enjoyable from the jump and given the crux of the picture, a feud between cinematic icons Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees, it’s hard to avoid being sucked into the riotous romp. But the finale just doesn’t sit well with me. The war between these monstrosities could have been expanded on by a few minutes, and we could have seen a clear-cut conclusion to the war. In other words, one of these beasts could have actually been killed. We all know they spring back from the dead like it’s in style anyway. Why not declare a true victor?
Halloween: Resurrection: Does this need to be expanded on, really? The film is just stomach turning, completely abandoning everything fans have ever loved about the Halloween franchise. To throw in a climax that features, of all people, Busta Rhymes kicking Michael Myers’ ass is two steps beyond blasphemy. Someone should have been jailed for this abomination.
April Fool’s Day: There are quite a few genre followers who really got a kick out of April Fool’s Day’s final sequence. I wasn’t one of them. What’s more predictable than a film about April first that features a “surprise” twist in revealing that none of the victims were killed at all? Nothing. It’s quite literally one of the cheapest excuses for a wrap in genre history. Of course you want to give audiences a shocker fit for the holiday, but a little thought might actually help. 10 minutes into the film this notion hits you, no one is even going to die in this movie, that’s where the April Fool’s Prank comes into play, and you’re right. Real clever stuff there.
The Sick House: Few things will befuddle the mind like The Sick House. Not for a single moment does the picture make sense, and as the third act edges toward closure, you’re really hoping for a shocking revelation that magically clears everything up. You don’t get it. It’s more of the same disjointed rubbish featured in the first two acts. If you thought Roger Corman’s The Terror was the most confusing genre film ever made, watch The Sick House for a potential usurper.
The Devil Inside: This just might be the most despicable of features on this list. I can’t think of any conclusion that could be worse than no conclusion, which is what The Devil Inside brings to the table. Seriously, there is no end. It’s a good thing plenty of American’s have money to throw away, this flick could have incited a riot.
Creature: Okay, Creature rivals The Devil Inside for worst finale ever dishonors, admittedly. Like The Devil Inside, Creature pretty much skims right over the climactic closure. Instead we see some disconnected fight sequences, a little downtime; some swamp muck swallowing the film’s hero, and a sudden reemergence from said hero with a monster’s jaw in hand. Lame? Far worse.
Scream 4: The jig is up. Scream has been a gratifying franchise, but it’s run out of new territory to explore. And believe me, it’s trying really hard to unearth uncharted realms, they’re just not there for the discovery. Emma Roberts’ portrayal of Jill Roberts in Scream 4 is disappointing to say the very least. By the time act three is in motion we all know she’s the villain, and her rocky performance is totally and completely muted by the likes of Neve Campbell, David Arquette and Courtney Cox, who are exponentially superior performers. Bad acting, even worse conclusion.
The Midnight Meat Train: I loved almost everything about this Clive Barker adaptation, except the finale. It’s as left-field as the first 80 minutes of the movie, but Bradley Cooper simply cannot pull off a murderous transition, especially not a murderous transition that unfolds in about five minutes time. It doesn’t work, at all. The idea behind the big reveal is strange enough, but Cooper just makes it near-intolerable, which is disappointing, because he’s solid as the protagonist.
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