Does the Horror Genre Suffer the Worst From Weak Endings?

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Anyone who knows me, knows I love horror movies. It’s my favorite genre and one I’m willing to defend at the drop of a hat. I do understand that horror can be an acquired taste and isn’t for everyone. However, if you are any kind of cinephile at all, you have seen a fair share of horror movies in your day. If we were to do a list (and I’m sure we will one day) of the best movie endings ever, numerous horror movie endings would be in the running. A great horror movie ending will make an impact on the viewer and help elevate that movie to another level. I believe that to be true for the horror genre more than most other genres. You automatically remember some horror movies because of their ending whether they are perfect or ridiculously perfect for the movie. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, the original Friday the 13th, Carrie, The Devil’s Rejects. The list goes on and on.

Unfortunately, the same can be said for weak and downright dumb endings to horror movies. Some examples that are often brought up: The Village, The Descent (U.S. ending), The Devil Inside, and High Tension to name a few. I feel like other genres get a benefit of the doubt if the movie as a whole is solid but the ending is not up to par. How many times have you heard someone talk about a horror movie by saying the liked it up until the ending? You usually don’t hear that same statement with straight-up comedies, action and drama films. Mystery and thriller films can and do receive the same treatment but I don’t think to the same extent as horror which leads me to my question.

Does the horror genre suffer the worst from weak endings?

Now, I know what is considered good or bad is subjective. What I’m asking you is in your own experience if this seems to be the case. Do you notice yourself or others to be harsher on horror for its shortcomings where the ending is concerned? Have you said or heard others say, “this movie would have been better if it had a better ending” for horror movies more than other genres? Do you find yourself being tougher on endings in a particular genre at all or do endings not bother you as much as others? If you can think of any examples, please let me know down in the comments or expand on whatever stance you have on the question I pose.

So what about you, folks? Does the horror genre suffer the worst from weak endings?

I’ll see you in the trenches.

Author: Vincent Kane

I hate things.