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April Fool's Day (1986) 3 2.65%
Carnival of Souls (1962) 1 0.88%
Carrie (1976) 1 0.88%
Don't Look Now 6 5.31%
Final Destination 5 4 3.54%
Friday the 13th (1980) 4 3.54%
Haute Tension 4 3.54%
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) 2 1.77%
Night of the Living Dead (1968) 9 7.96%
Psycho 4 3.54%
Saw 6 5.31%
Se7en 5 4.42%
Sleepaway Camp 38 33.63%
The Blair Witch Project 4 3.54%
The House of the Laughing Windows 3 2.65%
The Mist 7 6.19%
The Shining 1 0.88%
The Sixth Sense 3 2.65%
The Wicker Man 4 3.54%
Other (specify in thread)... 4 3.54%
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Old 08-24-2013, 07:36 PM   #1
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Best Shock Ending

With YOU'RE NEXT in theaters after a 2 year delay and ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE finally being released in the US 7 years after its debut, it's time to go to the well and resurface some old discussion. This time I'll pull from a 2001 thread I made here. I've included many more films this go 'round, so hopefully we can expand the discussion further as well. Let's celebrate the BEST SHOCK ENDINGS in the history of horror...which one had your jaw on the floor?
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Old 08-24-2013, 08:06 PM   #2
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Carrie and Friday the 13th are certainly up there with the jump scares but as for shock endings I'd go with The Sixth Sense or Body Snatchers
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Old 08-24-2013, 09:02 PM   #3
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For me it would probably have to be April Fool's Day (1986).

I originally saw it back in the theater when I was just 11 years old, and the ending completely shocked me back then. Before that, I'd probably never witnessed such an ending shocker.
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Old 08-24-2013, 09:47 PM   #4
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A tie for me between Seven and The Mist. Voted for The Mist after flipping a mental coin (it was shiny and worth a lot of money).
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Old 08-24-2013, 10:09 PM   #5
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Other: Les Diaboliques takes the cakes, eats it, and spits it all over the rest of those.

Runners up: Carrie, Don't Look Now and Seven.
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Old 08-24-2013, 10:29 PM   #6
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I'm going with Saw ... only because I never saw it coming. The series had its share of ups and downs but nothing ever came close to the initial reveal of Jigsaw. It wasn't a jump scare like the finales of Friday the 13th or Carrie but it still packed quite a punch.
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Old 08-24-2013, 11:52 PM   #7
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Why is not Argento´s "Tenebre" here with it´s awesome reveal of the killer.
Shocked the hell out of me. One of the best twists ever
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Old 08-25-2013, 12:13 AM   #8
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I instantly thought of sleepaway camp, but for non horrors I would go Chinatown.

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Old 08-25-2013, 12:31 AM   #9
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Really hard list to choose from, but I want with Psycho since the ending to that movie completely blew my mind as a kid. But, there are others here that I enjoy for various different reasons.
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Old 08-25-2013, 12:46 AM   #10
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Extremely hard to choose one... But I had to go with Sleepaway Camp. You can't top that one

Though the endings for Invasion of the Body Snatchers, April Fools Day, Seven, and Diabolque are still crazy.
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Old 08-25-2013, 02:11 AM   #11
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Sleepaway Camp !!!!! I love that movie, and that crazy ending !
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Old 08-25-2013, 03:08 AM   #12
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Friday The 13th!

It definitely made me jump on my first viewing.
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Old 08-25-2013, 03:17 AM   #13
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I chose The Blair Witch Project.

Early in the movie, there's a lot about the legend of the Blair Witch, but unlike a lot of movies, almost all of it is BS and never comes into play later in the movie (ever notice how some throwaway scene or anecdote early in a movie always becomes a plot point later? Not just horror, but all genres. It's like, if they put it on screen, it HAS to become important some time before the end). Obviously, it's the "stand in the corner" thing that does end up being true, and the way it's filmed is perfect. There's that short bit of "wait....what's happening....oh, it's that thing the guy talked about" going on in your mind, and I've often compared it to the feeling of closing the car door even though you know you're locking your keys inside. The brain recognizes it before the body has time to react. It's certainly a shocking effect. Sadly, it doesn't work as well on subsequent viewings, but really, that applies to almost all "shock endings", doesn't it?
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Old 08-25-2013, 03:32 AM   #14
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There are some on that list that I still haven't seen or can't remember. Also, I think shock needs to be defined. Some shock in how bad the twist is. Like April Fool's Day or Haute Tension. Sadly, Sleepaway Camp was ruined for me by that Starz horror special.

Right now, I would go with Seven. I've only seen it once but I couldn't believe that the bad guy won. That they actually went there with the story.


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I chose The Blair Witch Project.

Early in the movie, there's a lot about the legend of the Blair Witch, but unlike a lot of movies, almost all of it is BS and never comes into play later in the movie (ever notice how some throwaway scene or anecdote early in a movie always becomes a plot point later? Not just horror, but all genres. It's like, if they put it on screen, it HAS to become important some time before the end). Obviously, it's the "stand in the corner" thing that does end up being true, and the way it's filmed is perfect. There's that short bit of "wait....what's happening....oh, it's that thing the guy talked about" going on in your mind, and I've often compared it to the feeling of closing the car door even though you know you're locking your keys inside. The brain recognizes it before the body has time to react. It's certainly a shocking effect. Sadly, it doesn't work as well on subsequent viewings, but really, that applies to almost all "shock endings", doesn't it?
I need to see this again and the sequel which looked ok from the bit I caught on TV. I remember a lot of people not liking Blair Witch. I think you never actually see the witch. That was a problem I remember people talking about. But I thought it was spooky in how the witch was always messing with them. At least from what I remember.

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Old 08-25-2013, 03:05 PM   #15
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Sleepaway Camp was the biggest shock. Blair Witch was the biggest scare. F13 was pretty good too.
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