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20 Shocking Horror Movie Endings That Took You by Surprise

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List RulesVote up the movie endings that blindsided you the most.

Shocking horror movie endings are kind of a given. Twist endings and horror go hand in hand, but it goes without saying that some are far more shocking than others. This is why it’s become so hard to shock audiences today; almost everything has been done. The trick to really appreciating older horror films is to watch them with eyes of the past, not the jaded eyes of today. 

Think about how shocking Psycho must have been when it was first released in 1960. Think about how audiences reacted when Wes Craven’s Last House on The Left came out in 1972. The most-watched television shows in 1972 were Sanford and Son and All in the Family; watching teenaged girls get brutalized was not something people were used to. 

There's nothing more satisfying than seeing a villain meet their karmic demise, but not every scary movie ends so cleanly. Collected in this list are just some of the many horror gems with serious "wtf" endings. Some of them, like Tourist Trap and Possession, will even have you saying "wtf" the whole way through. Fair warning: this list literally contains nothing but major ending spoilers, so scan titles with caution if you plan on watching any of these later.

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