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What's the weirdest ending to a movie you've seen?

Asked by shpadoinkle_sue (7188points) March 1st, 2010

Some movies just stop. No credits, no explinations, nothing. What’s a film that you’ve seen that has left you going WTF at the end and what do you think would’ve happened if it kept going?

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FutureMemory's avatar

The ending of Saw 1 blew my mind.

ragingloli's avatar

The ending of Postal. Pure hilarity.

Vunessuh's avatar

Oldboy comes to mind.
Donnie Darko.
Mulholland Drive.
High Tension.
Palindromes was just fucking weird, period.

It wasn’t really weird, but The Life of David Gale had an insane ending. That shit was intense.

@FutureMemory Agreed, brutha.

ninjacolin's avatar

neon genesis evangelion.

Violet's avatar

Knowing, with Nicolas Cage.

ucme's avatar

Not the weirdest but certainly one of the more thought provoking has to be The Italian Job.The classic original version that is not the bullshit remake,leave them alone for god’s sake.Anyway where was I,oh yeah.The end of that movie where the bus laden with bullion teeters on the edge of the cliff.There are many theories as to what may have happened next,none of which can be taken as literal proof as to what the outcome should have been.My theory for what it’s worth is that Michael Caine managed to open the doors allowing the gold to slide out & fall down the cliff subsequently crashing into the lake seen below.They then drive bus to safety, hire scuba diving gear & make their escape with booty intact.Great movie frustrating ending.“You’re only supposed to blow the bloody doors off.” Great line.

TexasDude's avatar

The ending to Stephen King’s The Mist made me rage.

Berserker's avatar

@Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard Agreed. that was so…damn lame. I mean I know it’s all plot twisty, but Christ. It so wasn’t like that in the book.

@Vunessuh Haha that movie was aweosme. Fucked up, too. :D

Halloween IV. Mostly because the little girl seems to take Myer’s place after he’s dealt with, and it’s not really explained why.
Sorry, I dun get much deeper than this.

PhillyCheese's avatar

Fight Club had an f’ed up ending.

belakyre's avatar

The ending for both Clerks I and II both were really….disappointing would not be the word but unexpected is more like it. In my opinion…they wouldn’t have gotten off so easily had they been working in a real convenience store/fast food resturant.

SuperMouse's avatar

Birdy had the weirdest ending I have ever seen. Not weird in the sense that The Usual Suspects ended in a weird way, weird in that is really annoys the shit out of many who watch it.

LunaChick's avatar

@SuperMouse – The Usual Suspects had one of the greatest endings ever.

SuperMouse's avatar

@LunaChick I agree, it was a very cool ending!

Just_some_guy's avatar

“The 6th sense” was a great ending. I also loved the ending to “The Others.” Just never seen them coming. “A Beautiful Mind” was also a bit surprising. Hope this helps ya out.

nisse's avatar

+1 @Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard

“The Mist” had the best ending ever.

filmfann's avatar

A Serious Man just kind of stopped.
Jacobs Ladder had an ending that made sense, considering the entire movie was pretty random.
The Obscure Object Of Desire couldn’t figure out an end, so they just blew up the building the characters were in.
Fanny and Alexander ended by reopening the wounds of the characters.

Shecky_Johnson's avatar

Monty Python and The Holy Grail.

As for The Mist, Stephen King got with the director for that ending. I LOVED it! Sure it was a bummer and all kinds of depresseng but it felt real. I did like the ending to the book, though.

Mikelbf2000's avatar

Not many if any endings to movies surprise me. They all copy off one another so nothing is really weird at all.

SundayKittens's avatar

Milo and Otis, director’s cut…peg-legged hookers and an atom bomb? INTENSE.

irocktheworld's avatar

This one movie called Perfume. Wierdest movie and ending EVER! (gags)

CMaz's avatar

The ending of the first installment of The Lord Of The Rings.

I was like, ” This is to be continued? I have to come back and pay more? To see the rest of the movie?”


AstroChuck's avatar

2001: A Space Odyssey.
Until I read the book (one I recommend, BTW) the ending just confused me.

Now if we are talking the finale of TV series (the original, not the recent mini-series) I’ve got to say the final episode of The Prisoner really perplexes me.

CMaz's avatar

“the ending just confused me.”

As I think it did to everyone.

erichw1504's avatar

Donnie Darko, weird yet awesome!

The Blair Witch Project.

mattbrowne's avatar

Yep, 2001. At first I actually thought there was something wrong with my VHS tape.

semblance's avatar

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. I mean, just what was the point of her jumping off into the abyss there at the end? If anyone can enlighten me, please do.

A close second is Chan is Missing. Another inexplicable Chinese ending.

Other than the endings they are great movies though.

I don’t agree about 2001: A Space Odyseey. In fairness to the people who posted though, I bet you weren’t even born when that flick came out. Even then it wasn’t the most obvious and easiest to understand movie, but if you were into the social enlightenment movement, so to speak, it made sense. Personally, I think that the book is even more confusing, but I never liked Arthur C. Clarke as an author. Too roundabout and sillyfosical in his prose. Coincidentally, I just recorded that movie this last week and I am going to watch it soon, not having seen it for at least a couple of decades.

Trillian's avatar

Gummo. What?

ragingloli's avatar

to be honest, when I watched 2001 some time ago, I found it to be one of the most boring movies i have ever watched.

CMaz's avatar

@ragingloli – You have to leave now! :-)

tamkli3's avatar

Donnie Darko——- or Clockwork Orange

tamkli3's avatar

or One Hour Photo, but i watched the movie because we read the book The Collector and its similar to that

PacificRimjob's avatar

‘The Passion of The Christ’.

Dr_Dredd's avatar

The ending to “Primal Fear” wasn’t weird… but it did blow me away!

@Violet I agree with you about Know1ng. I had to watch it several times, and I’m still not sure if I liked it or not. Definitely thought provoking, though.

CMaz's avatar

‘The Passion of The Christ’. ??? lol

He dies.

Berserker's avatar

@ChazMaz Your reaction made me lol. :D

PacificRimjob's avatar

Tricia McMillian?

Trillian's avatar

@semblance ? Uh… I’m guessing that at least two or three of us are older than you who posted about 2001. Or at least we’re in the neighborhood, and I certainly was alive when It was released in 1968! I wasn’t going to go there because the question, as I understood it, was about the weirdest ending. So I stand by my original answer. But if we’re going to discuss endings that I just didn’t get, then Stanley Kubrick and David Lynch stand high on the rating scale. This definitely includes the ending for 2001. Every time I watch it I hope that this time I’ll get it. This time I’ll pick up on what I missed all those other times. It has yet to happen, and I get the feeling that he ran out of ideas and just glommed a bunch of footage together and called it good enough.
Ok, maybe not that, but I found it not only confusing but anti climactic.

Michael_Huntington's avatar

The ending for Sword of Doom. I read on wiki that there were going to be sequels, but unfortunately, they were never made.
The ending for Jacob’s ladder would’ve been much more shocking to me if I didn’t read it off Wiki, but I still liked it.

TehRoflMobile's avatar

If anybody has seen the ending of the “Feast III” you will know that the directors gave up on the movie. The entire movie is very very stupid, but the end just makes you say, “what the fuck?”.

semblance's avatar

Trillian -

Well, as I said, I found that the ending of 2001 was not that easy to understand. However, I just don’t think it is the weirdest or most incomprehensible ending I have ever seen. The theme of 2001 was human evolution. The opening scene was where the monolith inspired a hominid to “ascend” (if that’s the right word) by using a femur bone (at least I think it was a femur) as a weapon. Then the monolith appeared again on the moon and had some kind of connection with the planet Saturn. At the end of the movie there was a giant fetus floating in space. My belief at the time was that the surviving astronaut – Poole, I think – had been guided to the next step of human evolution by some higher level of beings who had sent the monoliths to the solar system. When I read the book, years later, I found out that I was correct. This evolutionary concept was kind of all over the popular culture at the time, from acid heads, to people seeking more traditional forms of “enlightenment”. Heck, it was even in Thor comics when the High Evolutionary turned into some kind of demi-god, followed by his protege, “Him”, who became Adam Warlock. (Well, that’s another story.) If you weren’t plugged into some part of the whole psychedelic thing I could see how you might not have been able to figure it out. Maybe i was just lucky or maybe I was just high when I first saw it. LOL.

I still don’t get the ending of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon though and so far no one has stood up on that one.

Violet's avatar

@Dr_Dredd I liked most of it.. but the end didn’t fit with the rest of the story.

weeveeship's avatar

No Country for Old Men.

dindinbaby's avatar

Cool Hand Luke definitely ended differently than I thought it would…

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