Trigger warning: This article contains sensitive content.
There are scary movies, then there are ~SCARY~ movies. You know the type, we're talking about films that make you feel the need to hide beneath your blankets and keep the lights on when you go to bed (if you can even sleep after watching).
If you can't stomach sitting through 1-3 hours of violence, blood, the supernatural, and more, we put together a list of endings from some of the most popular movies in the horror genre. Spoiler warnings ahead, obviously! Also, we purposefully *didn't* include posters or trailers because this is all about spoilers—and you weren't planning on watching these anyways, right?
1. The Grudge (2004)
Yes, it's the scary meme you've probably seen in almost all YouTube jumpscares since forever. In 2001, housewife Kayako Saeki is seen obsessively writing about college professor Peter Kirk in her diary. Her husband flies into a jealous rage upon discovering it, and kills his wife, their son, and family pet cat(!). In revenge, Kayako's ghost hangs him. Fast forward to 2004, when an American family decides to move in to the Saeki house—what evil awaits them?
The ending: After Kayako kills off the American family, she begins haunting caretaker Karen and Karen's boyfriend Doug. Karen returns to the house and finds Doug paralyzed. She immediately tries to rescue him, but Kayako crawls down the stairs and grabs Doug, who dies of shock. Karen spots gasoline and manages to light it on fire before Kayako can come any closer. Karen then wakes up in the hospital and learns that the house survived the fire. While visiting Doug's body, Karen realizes Kayako is still haunting her.
2. The Ring (2002)
The Ring will make you never want to answer calls from unknown numbers ever again. The movie centers around the existence of a cursed videotape—whoever watches it dies after seven days. A teenager named Katie was the most recent victim, and at Katie's funeral her mother Ruth asks her journalist sister Rachel to investigate Katie's death.
The ending: Rachel learns that Samara, the dead woman behind the curse, left her alive because Rachel had made a copy of the tape. Samara wants to force people to save themselves by creating copies, therefore spreading the curse. Rachel shows her son Aidan how to make a copy, but doesn't respond when he asks what will happen to the next person who receives the tape.
3. The Exorcist (1973)
The film is based on the 1971 horror novel of the same name, which depicts a mother desperate to rescue her 12-year-old daughter Regan from demonic possession. The mother enlists the help of two priests to conduct an exorcism. Yes, this is the film where the girl creepily projectile vomits, and walks down the stairs upside-down.
The ending: Fathers Merrin and Karras perform multiple exorcism rites but are unsuccessful. Father Merrin tries to exorcise the demon alone after Father Karras had a moment of weakness, however he dies of a heart attack. This angers Father Karras, who eventually gets the demon to abandon Regan and possess him. Father Karras then throws himself out of the window, killing himself and therefore defeating the demon. Regan returns to her normal self and shows no recollection of her traumatic experience.
4. Orphan (2009)
After the stillbirth of their third child, Kate and John Coleman decide to adopt a 9-year-old Russian girl named Esther. Their 5-year-old daughter Max is happy, but their 12-year-old son Daniel isn't as pleased. Weird things start happening after the adoption, leading the family to ask: Who exactly is Esther? This movie is one of many "why are children so creepy?" films—can you believe something similar actually happened IRL?
The ending: Kate learns that "Esther" is actually a 33-year-old woman named Leena, who spent most of her life pretending to be a little girl. Leena kills John and chases after Kate and Max towards a frozen pond. Kate and Leena fight and fall into the freezing water. When Kate manages to resurface, she kicks Leena back into the water, breaking her neck and killing her. Kate and Max are then rescued by the police.
5. The Mist (2007)
After a thunderstorm damages the town, residents go out to buy supplies. However, the unusual presence of police and military personnel unnerve the townspeople—until a peculiar mist emerges, and monsters start killing everyone. Is it the end of the world, as some people believe, or is something else the cause of all this?
The ending: Dave, his son Billy, and three others escape by driving through the mist. Running out of gas, the passengers agree to be euthanized rather than risk their lives fighting against the creatures. David does the deed, but runs out of bullets and decides to exit the car in order to die. However, the mist suddenly disappears and the U.S. Army arrives, shown to be rescuing survivors. David then realizes that they were only moments away from being rescued.
6. Hereditary (2018)
There's something wrong with the Graham family, that's for sure. When their grandmother Joan dies, tensions rise between siblings Peter and Charlie, and their parents Steve and Annie. The creep factor only increases after Charlie dies in a car accident.
The ending: A demon named Paimon wishes to inhabit the body of a male host. Eventually, Steve, Annie, and others are killed off one by one, leaving Peter to be the newly possessed host and leader of the coven.
7. The Shining (1980)
Based on Stephen King's 1977 novel of the same name, the movie focuses on Jack Torrance, the new caretaker of the historic Overlook Hotel, his wife Wendy, and their son Danny. Danny's psychic abilities give him a deeper understanding of the hotel's awful past. The hotel cook Dick also shares this ability (called "the shining") and can talk with Danny telepathically. A bad winter storm keeps the Torrances trapped inside, while Jack slowly looses his sanity due to the evil influences of the hotel's supernatural forces—leaving his wife and son in great danger.
The ending: With Jack taken over by madness, Wendy and Danny hide away. Wendy learns that "redrum," the word Danny has been chanting over and over, is actually "murder" in reverse. She manages to safely help Danny escape through a bathroom window before Jack smashes through the door with an axe. Danny lays a fake trail in the maze to confuse Jack and hides behind a snowdrift, eventually reuniting with his mother. The two leave the hotel while Jack freezes to death, lost in the maze. The movie ends while focusing on a photo in the hotel hallway—Jack is seen standing among a crowd of people from 1921.
8. It (2017)
In yet another Stephen King book-to-film adaptation, It totally justifies your fear of clowns—they are CREEPY AF. In It, 6-year-old Georgie sails a paper boat along a rainy street, only for it to fall into a storm drain. While trying to retrieve it, Georgie is taken by Pennywise the clown. The following summer, Georgie's older brother Bill and his group of friends, known as "The Losers", decide to look for Georgie, whom Bill believes is still alive. However, due to their snooping, the children are now terrorized by the killer clown. Who will triumph?
The ending: The Losers find It's underground lair in the sewers, and discover the bodies of the child victims floating in the air. It takes Bill hostage and offers to spare the others if they let It feed on Bill. The Losers refuse and eventually defeat the killer clown, who retreats further into the dark sewers. As summer ends, Beverly speaks of a vision she had while catatonic—she saw the group fighting It again as adults. The Losers swear a blood oath to come back to the town as adults if It returns.
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