The Genre of horror movies consists of great movies that have become immortal in the world of Cinema. Although some of them give real scare and horrifying climax, people still go back to those movies and watch them over and over again. Moreover, plot twists and brutal disappointment is collective when it comes to the best of horror movies.
This does not deter fans from eagerly waiting for newer and more intense horror flicks every year. Among the best horror movies, there are huge names like The Sixth Sense, The Shining, and Saw, which are also known as gems of Cinema and have revolutionized filmmaking.
So, when it comes to the unique horror twists of all time, some of them are awesome for just the surprise factor while others are so horrifying that they are pure heartbreak material. What follows is a list of the most unexpected yet Favorite Twist in Horror Movies ever executed. Well, before proceeding further, there would be quite a lot of spoilers ahead, so, tread carefully.
List Of The Best Horror Plot Twists Ever
The Sixth Sense (1999)
Directed by M.Night Shyamalan, The Sixth Sense is regarded by many as the best horror movie ever made. Starring Bruce Willis in the lead role as a child psychologist, Dr. Malcolm Crowe, the film served a plot twist nobody had expected. All through the movie, nobody expected the Bruce Willis character to have been dead all along. When this twist arrived in the end, people could do nothing but sit in awe and admiration of the filmmaking talent on display.
The most striking part about this plot twist was that if one rewatches the movie, it is quite evident that the character is already dead and yet nobody could catch it the first time. Those who had, well, quite impressive is all M. Night Shyamalan would say.
Directed by the great Alfred Hitchcock, this 1960 flick may have been robbed of the Academy Award, but it undoubtedly revolutionized Cinema more than any other movie in history. Throughout the film, the audience believes it is Norman Bates’ mom committing gruesome crimes and stabbing guests to death. Eventually, as the plot twists, it is Bates’ himself doing it in the guise of her mother who has died long ago, and her bones are rotting away in the attic.
At the time, the world hadn’t witnessed such plot twists, and the movie went on to become one of the most admired movies of all time.
Directed by David Fincher, Seven is definitely among the best thrillers ever made in the crime genre. Killer John Doe is killing his victims in the most brutal manner one after the other, according to the seven sins. Starring Kevin Spacy, Brad Pitt, and Morgan Freeman, the movie ended with a plot twist none would have imagined. The mad killer (Kevin Spacey) had killed Detective Mills’ (Brad Pitt) Wife before the final scene and packed her head in a parcel that was delivered by a van. As it turns out, The killer John Doe outplayed our detectives in the movie and did what he set out to do as a distraught Detective Mills shot him and walked away.
The Mist (2007)
Based on the novel of the same name by the great Stephen King, The Mist offered one of the cruelest endings one can possibly imagine. At the very end of the movie, the main character is running away from the monsters in the mist and shoots his son to spare him death and the hands of the horrifying monsters. As soon as he shoots his son, an Army convoy comes in from the mist, killing monsters, to save him. The original novel story didn’t have this ending, and Stephen King himself hailed the director Frank Darabont by calling it one of the most shocking endings ever.
The Night Of The Living Dead (1968)
Director by George Romero, The Night Of The Living Dead is considered by many as the best Zombie apocalypse movie ever made. The story shows Ben, played by Duane Jones, survive the night hiding from the Zombies. He then comes out in the daylight but suddenly gets shot by a group of white men. Given that the movie was released at the height of the Civil Rights Movement in the USA, the filmmaker deserved praise for more than just the endings.
Although the sequels of the movie were nowhere near the level of brilliance touched by this 2004 flick, Saw is undoubtedly one of those movies that catch viewers off guard at the very end. Two people are chained in a dirty, abandoned room by Jigsaw (presumably so), and there’s a body lying on the floor which, again likely, is of another victim. The makers of the film James Wan and Leigh Wannell, though, had different ideas and the dead body was Jigsaw himself as he gets up, in the end, leaving the audience shocked and in awe.
More Horror Movies With A Plot Twist
Apart from these masterpieces that are admired by cinephiles across the world, there are lots of horror movies which turned out to be shocking towards the end. Some of these are The Others (2001), April Fool’s Day (1986), Jacob’s Ladder (1990), Scream (1996), Black Christmas (1974), The Orphanage (2007), Don’t Breathe (2016), Angel Heart (1987), High Tension (2003), and The Descent (2005). For these movies, well, spoiler alert has officially been stopped, and you can go and give these movies a watch.
The Genre is still alive and kicking, and there are numerous promising projects underway, and the fans can be optimistic about being served more gut-wrenching, heart-stopping thrillers with an equally unexpected ending. So, if you haven’t watched any of the mentioned movies, go and watch them experience the Horror/Thriller genre at its very best and experience the Favorite Twist in Horror Movies. Also, the next time you sit to watch a horror flick, stay on your toes for a plot twist might be around the corner.