Horror movies aren’t known for having happy endings. They’re meant to be unsettling, and to leave viewers rattled long after they step out of the darkness of the theater. However, there are a handful of horror films that almost had darker endings than what made the final cut.
Alternate endings in horror films usually come about when an audience finds the original ending to be too bleak, or when an ending is so shocking that it has to dialed back in order to leave viewers with some semblance of sanity. Many horror movie alternate endings are either reshot in response to a super depressed test audience, or are filmed during the original production, then cut after the filmmakers realized that their initial, unforgiving vision was too heavy.
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In the end of the 2017 prequel to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Leatherface (Sam Strike) finally makes his first mask. He catches a woman named Elizabeth (Vanessa Grasse) and slays her. In the theatrical release, it ends there, but in the alternate ending, he puts her on a hook, similarly to a gut-wrenching moment from the original film.
After that, he slices off the bottom of her face while she's still alive. Is anyone even surprised this had to be cut?Buy on AmazonIs this too scary?
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Hostel follows Paxton (Jay Hernandez) as he and his friends vacation in Slovakia. After a night of partying, they're snatched and locked up in a secret prison where wealthy men get to torment them. Paxton escapes the prison (and offs a bunch of people on his way out) and encounters the man responsible for his pain in a train bathroom. The film ends with him killing the man.
The original ending plays out similarly, except Paxton sees the man with his young daughter. He takes the daughter, suggesting she’s going to suffer an awful fate as well.Buy on AmazonIs this too scary?
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The Butterfly Effect is a trippy enough movie with the various realities it presents as Evan (Ashton Kutcher) rewrites his history over and over. There were a total of four endings created for the film, and this one that got cut is definitely the darkest. Released as the director's cut, this ending shows Evan going back to the womb to end himself in vitro.Buy on AmazonIs this too scary?
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Get Out has one of the most intense movie endings in recent history. Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) escapes a basement chamber just before his body is jacked by a blind art dealer, and sets out to free himself from the rural neighborhood where he's been trapped.
If that isn't bad enough, Chris then has to eliminate his girlfriend. As he's finishing the job, red and blue lights begin flashing behind his head, signaling the arrival of the authorities. Luckily, it's just his security guard buddy Rod (Lil Rel Howery), who adds some levity to the situation.
That's not how the movie was always going to end. Initially, the actual police were supposed to show up in place of Rod, and the film ended with Chris in jail, unable to convince anyone of the truth. Director Jordan Peele felt that this ending wasn't as gratifying for viewers, so he decided instead to end the film on a hopeful note.
He made a wise choice, as all the horror of the original ending is encapsulated in the moment when viewers first see police lights.Buy on AmazonIs this too scary?