More explicitly, would you say that an inspiring, or uplifting ending, to a darker film, is more effective than a nihilist approach, which is more in-tune with the majority of the film's subject matter? For example, Dawn of the Dead - A shocking film, even today, not so much due to its violence anymore, but due to its unsettling commentary on material culture. And, it ends on at least a somewhat inspiring, or relieving note. The same may be said about Day, though that is more questionable. Or, you can look at Zombie - A dark, very hard-to-watch film with very few morals. It ends with Spoiler the end of society. A more personal rendition of this horrifying finale was featured in the Zombie rip-off, Burial Ground. I find that in many cases, a film which is trying to be different or shocking in its overall subject matter, may go for this sort of ending, despite the quality of the film as a whole Spoiler House of 1000 Corpses. This is not to say that many very good films don't have downer endings, but it seems more common with the extremist school of filmmaking. On the other hand, a dark, grating horror film with an ending that has a ray of hope, can be a great release. You've just sat through an hour-and-a-half of sensory overload, and you are rewarded for your stamina with a deep sigh of relief and an uplifting theme. So, which is it? Does everybody fucking die?