Join Listal here 
Existing members 
Login here 
Join Listal to create lists, share images, get recommendations and much more
Avatar
Added by ranna

on 25 Mar 2010 08:34

 
55
8065 Views   24 Comments

10 Worst Twist Endings in Movies (SPOILERS!)

Sort by: Showing 10 items
People who added this item 3542  Average listal rating (2427 ratings) 6.2  IMDB Rating 6.7 
1. Signs (2002)
A superior race of aliens that has mastered the technology of long distance space travel has decided to invade earth. Their only weakness is water, which covers about 80% of earth's surface area. But they decide to go ahead with the invading thingy anyway - without any weapons and stark naked.

Oh, and God uses a lot of his spare time to protect Mel Gibson.
ranna's rating:

People who added this item 550  Average listal rating (359 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 6.9 
2. High Tension (2003)
High Tension is a fantastic and truly exciting slasher thriller. ..Untill it's revealed that the main protagonist, who has been trying to save her best friend from the brutal killer actually IS the killer.

Granted, this could be an iteresting new take on the traditional "final girl" in slasher movies if it didn't have so many logical contradictions. The petite protagonist would have had to beat herself with a barbwire post, give herself a handjob with a decapitated head, kill a few grown men with almost superhuman strenght and CHASE HERSELF WITH A CAR. While driving an another car.
ranna's rating:

People who added this item 1237  Average listal rating (763 ratings) 5.8  IMDB Rating 5.9 
3. Hide and Seek (2005)
Robert DeNiro's character spends the whole movie trying to hunt down his daughter's imaginary friend "Charlie", who has killed DeNiro's wife. Turns out Robert DeNiro is the killer and has a multiple personality disorder.

And any audience member with a half a brain has probably figured this out within the first 30 minutes. And spent the next hour hoping that there actually is an imaginary friend.
ranna's rating:

People who added this item 907  Average listal rating (580 ratings) 5.5  IMDB Rating 5.8 
4. The Forgotten (2004)
The movie starts out okay. Julianne Moore plays a woman, whose son has died in a plane crash. But no-one seems to believe she ever had a child, including her own husband.

Within the process of trying to prove the world she isn't insane it is revealed that the aliens took the boy.
You read right, the aliens took the boy.

That's one lazy ass writer.
ranna's rating:

People who added this item 969  Average listal rating (585 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.5 
5. The Life of David Gale (2003)
David Gale has been framed for a rape and murder, he's convicted and ends up in prison waiting for his excecution. A witty journalist tries to save Gale's life, but she finds the evidence too late and Gale dies as an innocent man.

Turns out Gale framed himself. Because he's an anti-capital punishment activist. And apparently the best way to fight against the inhumane capital punishment is by getting yourself executed.
I'm speechless.
ranna's rating:

People who added this item 3158  Average listal rating (2116 ratings) 6  IMDB Rating 6.5 
6. The Village (2004)
The audience is led to believe that they're watching a horror movie set in a remote village in 1897.

But what they're really watching is a lame movie about a bunch of hippies, who decided to build a commune to a wildlife preserve area and live their life without modern technology.

Haha!
Now, can I have my money back?


ranna's rating:

People who added this item 2776  Average listal rating (1816 ratings) 5.5  IMDB Rating 5.7 
7. Planet of the Apes (2001)
Two words: Ape-raham Lincoln.
ranna's rating:

People who added this item 2129  Average listal rating (1306 ratings) 6  IMDB Rating 6.4 
8. The Number 23 (2007)
The main character starts reading an odd book, which seems to be oddly parallel to his own life. He starts having odd dreams and decides to find out more about the odd author by following the clues he finds from the book.

Turns out he had written the book himself. Under a false name. Before having an amnesia.
How fucking odd is this?
ranna's rating:

People who added this item 1466  Average listal rating (947 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating 7.3 
9. Identity (2003)
John Cusack and his co-stars are at a small hostel and killed one by one by an unknown murderer. Later it is revealed that Cusack and his pals are just in the mind of a psychotic killer, every single one of them represents one of his multiple personas.

After the revelation the movie loses all of it's suspense. (And it does go on for a while after that.) It's hard to care about the folks, who excist only in some random lunatic's mind.
ranna's rating:

People who added this item 442  Average listal rating (269 ratings) 6.2  IMDB Rating 6.8 
10. Swimming Pool (2003)
A middle-aged mystery writer named Sarah has a writer's block and decides to take a calming vacation in her publisher's country house. There she meets a young woman named Julie, who turns out to be a total crackpot.

After an hour an twenty minutes of fine erotic thriller it is revealed that nothing really happened. Sarah was just planning her latest novel.

The "it was all in his/her head"-solution works sometimes and to the certain point. But when it doesn't, I just feel like I've wasted my time. Really, I should have been doing the dishes instead.
ranna's rating:



Sometimes the twist may just ruin the movie.

Added to

1 votes
my fav list(13) (10 lists)
list by to2
Published 1 year, 9 months ago 1 comment



Related lists

movies with best twist endings
31 item list by dinamo_zg
12 votes 8 comments
Abbrupt, Asinine, and Awsome Movie Endings
13 item list by Mr. Lays
25 votes 6 comments
Watchmojo's Top 10 Worst Video Game Endings
10 item list by P_arnott
1 votes
My Top 10 Epic Endings
10 item list by Veed
7 votes 3 comments
Top 50 Film Endings (No Spoilers)
50 item list by Rossjm
10 votes 4 comments
List of ten: Endings
10 item list by silentrunnning
Great Movie Endings
10 item list by Dionysian Child
25 votes 3 comments
Best WTF: Endings, Plots and Moments
22 item list by cryo
55 votes 10 comments
Top 10 worst movies 1994
10 item list by johanlefourbe
5 comments

View more top voted lists
Join listal and create your own lists and much more

People who voted for this also voted for

Personal best of 2010
Too Young For Heart Attacks: Don't show your kids
Mrnty's Favorite Movie Scenes (**Spoiler**)
Movie origins I'd like to see
Most overrated films of all time.
Stupidest Hacking Scenes
Dead Like Me - Dead Movie Characters
Famous Nontheists
Films Spoofed by The Simpsons
If movies followed their original casting...
Most Overused Horror Cliches in Movies
Sci Fi, Memorable & Funny Movie Weapons

More lists from ranna

Best comic book movies
20 life-changing albums
Horror Harbour's 30 Day Horror Challenge
Casting Batman villains
Top 15 Worst Oscar Performances
Movies Better Than The Book


Comments

Posted: 3 years, 7 months ago at Sep 11 20:25
you re so right
great list
Posted: 3 years, 2 months ago at Jan 19 6:55
You left out Remember Me which has the most offensive twist ending ever.
Posted: 3 years, 2 months ago at Jan 19 7:14
l8t3r: Haven't seen it! (And I made this list before they released the movie in Finland) But I'll take your word for it. :)
Posted: 3 years, 1 month ago at Mar 11 17:11
Great comments and fantastic list! I remember feeling that way about many of the films listed on this list. The Forgotten was probably the biggest violator in my personal opinion. I mean really fuckin' aliens kidnapped the kid! For some odd reason my Wife called that they [aliens] were the culprit within 15 minutes of the opening credits...odd...

And for the record I didn't think that Identity was that terrible.
Posted: 2 years, 8 months ago at Aug 2 7:41
I agree 100% with The Forgotten - "The biggest jaw-dropper since The Sixth Sense" MY @SS!!!!

Anyway, I kinda agree with Mr. Lays. I think Identity is quite nice. The real twist is not so much that they are actually imaginary characters in the mind of an insane killer, but the fact that they got the killer wrong. Remember? At first we are led to believe that the true killer identity was Ray Liotta's character, but it turns out to be the little boy...

Oh and I also quite enjoy The Life of David Gale. I like Kevin Spacey. =)
Posted: 2 years, 5 months ago at Oct 24 18:16
If you want to see movies with bad twist endings watch Killers. It's like what would happen if M. Night Shyamalan wrote a romantic comedy about spies.
Posted: 2 years, 4 months ago at Dec 15 10:04
Havent seen most of them, in fact just signs (maybe good that way) but what do you tink about the ending of "I am Ledgend"?
Posted: 2 years, 3 months ago at Jan 10 14:01
mr. lays: Kudos to your wife! :) I wouldn't have never been able to guess it. It seemed so obscure!

rocket scientist: Yeah, I know that that isn't the actual ending twist on Identity, but it was so bad I felt like I had to add it to my list. :)

jedidarrick: Gosh, that sounds absolutely horrible!

lost in space: I am Legend. God, that was really bad. Not only was the ending different from the wonderful original novella by Richard Matheson, they actually managed to butcher the whole point of the book. The ending is where the title "I am a Legend" came from, for heaven's sake. To me the film lost it's message and it's purpose with the dumb ass hollywoodified ending. It became just another lame PG-13 zombie flick with flashy action scenes.
Posted: 2 years, 1 month ago at Mar 16 23:43
How about "The Last Exorcism"? Decent flick, but the final act was just hilarious in a bad way.
Posted: 2 years ago at Apr 2 8:10
I enjoyed Remember Me actually, I thought it did a good job of showing one of the lives that was lost on 9/11. I also disagree with The Number 23 and Identity, but to each their own.
Posted: 1 year, 9 months ago at Jun 23 16:49
Your Signs take was humorous. Shyamalan started from the best twist ending ever, and then quickly regressed to the worst twist ever.

Great top 10 of the worst twist endings. The Forgotten is the worst twist ending on your list. Dumb movie!

Final Destination has a clever twist ending.

[Link removed - login to see]
Posted: 1 year, 9 months ago at Jul 19 9:12
Shyamalan-kommentit naurattivat, koska itse katsoin juuri pari viikkoa sitten miehen elokuvat, ja ajattelin about samalla tavalla.
Posted: 1 year, 9 months ago at Jul 19 9:44
Tarvitsee lisää Saw 1stä. Tai hitto, ne muutkin twistit ovat ihan perseestä, mutta ykkönen lienee ainoa kutosen ohella jossa olisi potentiaalia hyvään elokuvaankin ilman lopputwistiä.

Hieno lista, muikeat kommentit.
Posted: 1 year, 9 months ago at Jul 19 9:52
I can't argue with any of those. I remember facepalming at how stupid Signs was and yet everyone else defended it for some reason! Um, hey Aliens, you might want to invent some kind of waterproof suits to go along with that interstellar space travel technology. And how would our primitive human weapons ever defeat those alien pepper sprays with 2 inch range? Terrifying!

Another cheap cop-out twist was the end of War of the Worlds. But it was faithful to the book, so I guess it gets a pass.
Posted: 1 year, 9 months ago at Jul 19 19:41
I liked The Life of David Gale, Identity and The Village. With the rest I can pretty much agree with you. But I forgot about The Forgotten...
Posted: 1 year, 9 months ago at Jul 19 20:01
If you have a problem with 'The Village' then you must also have a problem with Twilight Zone. I mean it's the same concept, so why is everyone bashing The Village? Oh I know, because everyone expected another crappy horror movie!
Avatar
Posted: 1 year, 9 months ago at Jul 19 20:38
i actually liked david gale.
Posted: 1 year, 9 months ago at Jul 19 21:00
Yeah, the village sucked shit as much as the happening did. Great list.
Posted: 1 year, 9 months ago at Jul 19 22:06
I second The Happening. It should be #1 on this list. :)
Posted: 1 year, 9 months ago at Jul 20 16:40
I was so angry when I saw Identity. How could that be the twist??? Ridiculous. Like the ending of Shutter Island.
Posted: 1 year, 6 months ago at Oct 19 1:58
Nice list. I did like Identity and Number 23, but I totally agree with you on The Forgotten. It seems like the writers forget to finish the story so they put the plot twist in, hoping it would be cool.
Posted: 1 year, 5 months ago at Oct 30 13:26
VierasTalo: Nyt täytyy muuten olla eri mieltä. Se ykkösen överi lopputwisti on minusta melkein parasta siinä leffassa. Jotenkin se sopii siihen saippuasarjamaiseen näyttelijätyöhön ja köyhän miehen Seitsemältä näyttävään ohjaustyöhön kuin nyrkki silmään.
Posted: 1 year, 5 months ago at Nov 15 18:02
isnt planet of the apes a great twist ending?
Posted: 1 year, 4 months ago at Dec 13 6:55
thenoah: the 1968 movie has a great twist ending. burton's remake has a terrible one.

Login or Signup to post a comment