Cliffhanger endings are generally intended to leave the audience desperate for more, to ensure they'll return for the next installment which continues the dangling narrative thread.
When it's done well, like in Avengers: Infinity War, it can truly capture the general public's imagination and generate surging hype for the next movie.
But for every genuinely thrilling and shocking cliffhanger, there are many that simply don't make much of a dent with audiences.
Sometimes a cliffhanger just doesn't hit how the filmmakers or studio intended, and the reaction from general viewers is total apathy - a simple lack of interest in what it's setting up.
That's certainly true of these 10 movies, which whether good movies or not all failed to deliver the satisfyingly tantalising cliffhangers they thought they were.
Perhaps it was a lazily unimaginative sequel-baiting ending, or maybe it left audiences more confused than excited, or even had them rolling their eyes at the sheer audacity of ending the movie there.
Whatever the reason, these 10 films all dropped sheer clangers of cliffhanger endings which stoked little excitement and largely dinged interest in the next entry...
10. Baby Godzilla Hatches - Godzilla (1998)
Sony originally had very high hopes for Roland Emmerich's 1998 Godzilla film, which they envisioned as the first entry into an epic blockbuster trilogy.
Assuming it turned a hefty profit, of course.
To that end, Godzilla '98 ended with a rather lousy setup for a sequel, where following Godzilla's death, a single one of its eggs is revealed to have survived in the ruins of Madison Square Garden. In the final shot, the egg hatches.
As cliffhangers go, it's pretty damn lazy, basically suggesting that a sequel would restore the status quo with another 'Zilla running rampant. Perhaps had we seen a few surviving creatures hatch, hyping up a sequel with way more giant monsters, this might've better energised audiences.
Instead, following Godzilla's underperformance at the box office, Sony opted not to proceed with a sequel. Instead, the storyline was picked up in the Godzilla animated series, which while better-received by fans, struggled to find an audience due to competing with both Pokémon and Digimon.