10 Horror Movies That Go Totally Insane At The End

These horror films went all-out with their endings in the best possible ways.

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One of the best parts about horror cinema, is there’s no limitations to what filmmakers can create. There’s no level of carnage that’s too much, no villain too depraved, and no premise too ridiculous.

Some of the best horror films are those which go all-out with their ideas to deliver something truly memorable and unique, giving audiences terrifying moments that will stay with them long after the credits roll. Sometimes, however, viewers need to wait until the very end to see just how far a filmmaker is willing to go.

The most unforgettable endings are those which go out with a bang. Although slow-burn chillers such as The Witch and The Babadook are best known for escalating their terror until they reach a frenzied breaking point in the final act, outrageous endings can be found anywhere within the wider horror genre, especially in the most unexpected places.

Even when a film has stayed consistently grounded throughout the bulk of its runtime, it an always explode into an intense finale that catches an audience by surprise.

Here, then, are ten such movies which went totally insane in their final moments.

10. The Cabin In The Woods (2011)

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Penned by Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon, The Cabin In The Woods is a riotous horror comedy which deconstructs genre conventions with razor-sharp wit and a wicked sense of humour as it follows a group of college students who venture to the titular cabin for a weekend of genre-mandated partying.

After reading an ominous passage from a diary they find in the basement, a family of sadistic zombies attacks the group. However, with a mysterious organisation watching and controlling everything behind the scenes, it’s evident that there’s something else at play here.

From here, this flick only manages to get zanier when final girl Dana (Kristin Connelly) and her stoner friend Marty (Fran Kranz) stumble upon an elevator which takes them into the heart of a facility below. Hilariously gruesome carnage commences when the pair set loose an army of every conceivable horror villain possible on the workers while they continue their descent.

It’s at the bottom where our protagonists learn they’re being used as sacrifices in a ritual to appease ancient gods. When they once again thwart the organisation’s plans, the film ends with a gigantic hand violently erupting from the earth in a final shot as memorable as it is nuts.


Glasgow-based cinephile who earned a Masters degree in film studies to spend their time writing about cinema, video games, and horror.