These are the 20 most shocking and surprising twist endings in horror movies.
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1 - Friday the 13th (1978) Before Jason became the villain, who was the real first killer? Then, when we think it's all over, the young boy Jason erupts from peaceful lake. A great ending to a horror movie, and the catalyst that fueled the need for more slasher films.
2 - Sleepaway Camp (1983) Angela and her brother go off to camp, where murders occur daily. An ending so bizarre and surprising, you have to see it to believe it.
3 - Pyscho (1968) we find out the truth about Mother in the end.
4 - Carnival of Souls (1962) Long before the Sixth Sense, this movie was the first to feature (Spoiler:) a main character who turns out to be dead.
5 - Alone in the Dark (1982) This movies, starring Donald Pleasance, has one of the best opening scenes and an excellent twist ending.
7 - Seven (1995), aka Se7en, about the seven deadly sins. Stars Brad Pitt, Kevin Spacey, and Morgan Freeman. "What's in the box?"
8 - My Bloody Valentine (1981) - later remade in 2009. As revenge for a mining accident that happened on Valentine's day twenty years before, anyone who throws a V Day party in subsequent years gets killed. But we find out the motives are actually much different, and the killer is an unexpected twist.
9 - The Sixth Sense (2001) "I see dead people. Sometimes, they don't know they're dead."
10 - Donnie Darko (2001) Too bizarre to spoil in a few words. A very cool movie.
11 - The Fog (1980) The killer lepers return for one more unexpected kill. A snappy ending to a seminal ghost film.
12 - The Others (2001) Who's haunting whom?
13 - Friday the 13th Part IX (1992) while the movie was disappointing, the final scene is awesome: Freddy's hand (Nightmare on Elm Street) comes up from the ground and pulls Jason's mask into the ground. This was the teaser to the Fred vs. Jason movie.
14 - Session 9 (2001) A crew cleaning up an abandoned asylum finds disturbing things, begin to get killed off; and the ending reveals that things are not as we thought.
15 - Les Diaboliques (1955) A murder gone wrong. The corpse isn't dead.
16 - The Mist (2007) SPOILER: The main characters killed themselves for nothing. The growl of more new creatures turns out to be the groan of tanks. Help has arrived, 2 minutes too late.
17 - Pumpkinhead (1988) Ed Harley, who summoned the creature, becomes the creature at the end, after the kill has run its course.
18 - April Fool's Day (1986) a bit of a cheat ending, but you can guess it from the title. The killer isn't just one person involved either.
19 - Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning (1985) SPOILER: Jason Voorhees isn't the killer in this movie. It wasn't Tommy either (as we're led to suspect). It's someone else. This is one of 2 "Friday the 13th" movies where Jason isn't the killer.
20 - Saw (2004) Technically it's not a horror movie, it's a torture movie (and a bad one at that). But it is pretty cool when the killer stands up. He's been lying on the floor pretending to be dead the whole time. It's a bit gimmicky, but also surprising.
Honorable mention: Mirrors (2008) Which side are you on?
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2nd Honorable Mention: Love Bite (2012) This comedy/horror werewolf film has a fun surprise ending.
So there you have it fromTop2040, all the twist endings you need for a surprise horror movie marathon.