The simple horror movie has the power to leave us a frightened, shaking mess of nerves or to offend and nauseate us with gratuitous scenes of violence playing out on screen. We know the tropes and the plots and yet we are still intrigued by the scenes of carnage and terror that we witness on screen.
Yet, every so often a horror movie comes around that is able to redefine or rejuvenate the genre and leave audiences talking about the movie long after the credits have rolled. These movies, for the most part are often your standard horror movies but the endings leave you with your jaw on the floor, a feeling of I did not see that coming and a need to discuss it with others who have just seen the movie.
I’m talking about the big twist at the end of Sleepaway Camp, the way the original Friday The 13th ends, what happens to Carrie and even the massive twist in The Sixth Sense. These movies all dropped clues and hints about what was about to happen and for those who paid attention we had an inkling of a suspicion about what was going to transpire, but for the rest of us we were left in utter shock at the twists.
These movies helped define the genre and get the general audiences talking about horror movies and they helped pave the way for future installments and for future filmmakers to take risks with the movies they might otherwise not have taken.
If you’re a fan of horror movies then you know all about some of the big twists revealed in the video above and you probably have some of your own favorites. If you’re not a horror fan the above video from Watch Mojo is a great way to up your education in horror.
What is your favorite horror movie? What is your favorite twist ending in horror? Let us know in the comments below.