All we really want from a horror film is some decent scares and clever death scenes. But some give more. Every once in a while, a horror film comes out with a surprise ending that leaves you speechless, sometimes in shock, and sometimes in outright anger. Here are some of our favorite horror showstoppers, literally.
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Who cares if Carrie’s hand grab from the grave ends up being just a dream? It still made you jump out of your skin and gave people something big to remember long after the credits roll.
9. Friday the 13th
Friday the 13th is a fine slasher entry, but without this shocker ending we would have lost all those sequels and the surprisingly great Platinum Dunes remake.
8. April Fool’s Day
It turns out this tame and largely bloodless slasher film was not a slasher film at all but an elaborate prank between pals, which means the joke was really on us.