Every movie should have a twist - something unexpected that changes the story for the better (or worse). The twist is a popular plot device in the horror and thriller genres. Some are better than others, though. This is a list of twists that range from good to bizarre to just plain horrible.
Esther was not a ten-year old child. In fact, she had a hormonal disorder (hypopituitarism) that stunted her physical growth. So Esther was actually 33-years old, posing as a kid.
April Fool's Day
There was no killer, and no one died. Everything was staged, and it was all part of Muffy's test run for turning her family's mansion into a weekend horror resort.
|The lone survivor suspected that Marion's disturbed brother was the one that killed her two friends. In the end, it was revealed that Marion was a man dressing as a woman. He did this because his mother truly hated men. Marion continued to hack the last girl to pieces before resuming his role as the dutiful daughter. The mother always accused Marion of having male suitors around because she randomly heard a male voice. That voice belonged to Marion.
|The paperboy was from a set of a triplets. They were presumably split up when they were younger, with each one being adopted into a different family. The three secretly reunited, and they were each other's decoy when necessary. This was how the paperboy was in two places at once, or why he always had an alibi for his crimes.
|Joshua frames his father and he is arrested. In the end, the young boy sings a song to his uncle Ned. The song basically reveals that Joshua wanted everyone else gone so he could be with Ned. There is a theory that there may have been something going on between the uncle and his nephew, possibly grooming or sexual abuse.
Hide and Seek
|Charlie was David, who suffers from a split personality. Dakota Fanning's character went to live with a family friend at the end. In her own drawing, the child is depicted as having two heads. This hints at the girl maybe having the same disorder as her father.
|Mason devotes a single sketchbook to one girl that he's obsessed with. He has done this several times. His latest object of affection, Amber, discovers these sketchbooks and tries to cool things down with Mason because she is freaked out. When Amber confronts him, Mason attacks her. Berkeley finally tells him that the other women never existed, and this Amber was probably not real either as they never met. Mason confesses that he hurt Amber, even showing his bloody hands. Berkely convinces his friend that it's just paint, and that nothing happened. Mason goes to clean up while Berkeley has a chat with another boss in the office. He tells Berkeley that one of his employees, Amber, never showed up to work that morning. Berkeley rushes to find Mason, who is long gone.
All the Boys Love Mandy Lane
|The killer was Mandy's best friend Emmet, who she had seemingly abandoned once she became more popular. The two had concocted this murder-suicide plan together. However, Mandy does not intend on killing herself. She gets rid of Emmet and then drives away with the only other survivor, who does not realize Mandy's part in the massacre.
|The heroine of Boogeyman 3, Sarah, is friends with the daughter of the doctor that died in the second movie. Her sudden death sets off the chain of events at the college, leading Sarah to believe that the Boogeyman is real. Be aware that in Boogeyman 2, there was no supernatural entity - it was just a disturbed former patient dressed as the creature. The Boogeyman's strength is based on how much people believe in him. Sarah makes the decision to claim that she killed everyone, and that there was no Boogeyman. This weakens the real monster... for the time being.
|The child is possessed by a demon, and the parents feed him babysitters.
|The two lead characters, Owen and Dodger, get their friends in trouble, causing them to stay on campus all weekend until their punishment is determined. Their friends decided to prank new kid Owen, which included faking their murders. Owen ended up shooting one of the teachers (played by Jon Bon Jovi) because he thought he was Wolf. After being arrested, Owen realizes that everything was all part of Dodger's plan to get revenge on Bon Jovi's character, who had spurned her advances earlier.
|During his escape from the hospital, Kurt killed a security guard and stole his uniform. He pretended to be the guard, Gary, and he went undetected throughout the movie. He tried to kill his sister Sara, her mom, and her friends. In the end, Kurt's father Sheriff Pat Baker, shot Kurt in Sara's room. This segued into the truth: after escaping the hospital, Kurt was almost immediately shot to death by Sheriff Baker. Kurt had come to realize that as a child, he was abused by his dad (who wore clown-ish makeup while committing the act). Baker then killed his wife and blamed it on his son to ensure that word of the abuse never became public. The girl "Sara" and her friends and family that Kurt stalked (as "Gary") were not his real sister, etc. They were just the people he saw in a photo every day inside of his hospital room, and he imagined they were Sara and so on. Kurt concocted this whole fantasy to cope with his past. The only things that actually happened were Kurt's escape and his father killing him on the side the road. The other stuff that followed was just part of Kurt's imagination. The movie ends with the sheriff coming home to his new wife and the real Sara as well as his new son. It is hinted that the man was abusing this boy, too.
|Marie was the killer all along. There was no man, and it was Marie that murdered everyone.
I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer
|The Fishmerman here is a zombified Ben Willis, the guy from the first two movies. He was unintentionally summoned when the teens used his legend as part of their July 4th prank.
|Some survivors get away from the supermarket, but they assume there is no hope left and the creatures will finish them off anyway. Thomas Jane's character mercy kills everyone, including his own son. Immediately after, the army shows up and there are no more monsters.
|It was mentioned earlier in the story that the photographer, Tun, had gained a lot of weight. It is later explained that the weight is from the ghost, which was resting on Tun's shoulders. The spirit was of a woman that was raped by Tun's friends, and he took pictures of the ordeal. The ghost caused Tun to fall out of a window. In a mirror's reflection shown at the end, the ghost was still on Tun's shoulders.
Directed by John McNaughton
"First the Fall, then the Harvest."
Plot: A girl moves in with her grandparents after her parents die. She befriends a young neighbor, who is ill and restricted to his bed. The boy's overprotective mother does not like this new friendship, causing the girl to find out what is really happening at her neighbors' house.
This quiet thriller has the workings of a drama, but the reveal near the end may catch you off guard.
|The boy, Andy, is not the parents' real son. Their actual son is very ill, and he was being kept in the basement. The parents wanted to harvest Andy's organs for their son. The couple kidnapped Andy at a very young age, and he believed he was their son till finding the boy in the basement.
The Tall Man
|There is no Tall Man or any kind of supernatural going ons in this movie. The one stealing kids was Jessica Biel's character, who did it thinking she could give these kids better lives.
Would You Rather
|Brittany Snow's character entered the game to get money for her very sick brother. She shoots Enver Gjokaj's character, her sort of ally in this whole thing, dead and wins the prize. When she comes home, she sees that her brother has killed himself.
Carnival of Souls
|Mary died in the car accident along with her passengers. At the end, the car is finally located with the bodies still inside.
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I left out some of the most notable twists that a lot of us know (i.e., The Others, The Descent, The Sixth Sense, etc.) and purposely left out others because they are just too good to have spoiled (i.e., The Orphanage, The Skeleton Key, etc.). What other movie twists do you love or hate? Creepy post, too. Remember to use tags when posting spoilers! The code is below.