20 Greatest Final Shots In Movies Ever

19. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Ending
Bryanston Pictures

Tobe Hooper's inimitable horror classic gives viewers a suitably rough-and-tumble finale, where final girl Sally (Marilyn Burns) just barely escapes the Sawyer house in tact, speeding away in the back of a pickup truck while maniacally laughing at her own incredulous survival.

Cut to Leatherface (Gunnar Hansen), who swings his chainsaw around in the air in perhaps cinema's most demented dance sequence ever, Hooper lingering on the beautifully ugly image for more than 10 seconds before smash-cutting to black.

Though the horror genre typically hurls "one last fright" at audiences with a calculated jump scare, Hooper instead opted to keep the story - and, yes, the chainsaw - running past the final shot, a visage at once haunting and oddly charming.


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