1~ The Sixth Sense (1999)
Young Cole Sear is haunted by a dark secret: he is visited by ghosts. He is too afraid to tell anyone about his anguish, except child psychologist Dr. Malcolm Crowe. As Dr. Crowe tries to uncover the truth about Cole’s supernatural abilities, the consequences for client and therapist are a jolt that awakens them both to something unexplainable.
Not only did I not see the twist coming, but I was completely convinced that the Donnie Wahlberg character was Haley Joel Osment grown up, hell bent on killing Bruce Willis’s character for not helping him and the rest of the movie was a flashback. Huh? My boyfriend at the time had to explain to me that I was way wrong and that Bruce Willis was a ghost. (That was the only time he was right throughout our entire relationship.)
2~ The Others (2001)
Grace, the devoutly religious mother of Anne and Nicholas, moves her family to the English coast during World War II. She awaits word on her missing husband while protecting her children from a rare photosensitivity disease that causes the sun to harm them. Anne claims she sees ghosts, Grace initially thinks the new servants are playing tricks but chilling events and visions make her believe something supernatural has occurred.
This is one of the many reasons I hate movie theaters. Right before the big reveal, two teens stood up and yelled, “They’re all ghosts!” I almost committed murder that day.
3~ Orphan (2009)
Devastated by the loss of their unborn baby, Kate and John decide to adopt a child. At the orphanage, both feel drawn to a little girl named Esther, and soon the couple take their new daughter home. But when a dangerous series of events unfolds, Kate begins to suspect that there is something evil lurking behind the child’s angelic exterior.
So I figured Esther had a crush on her new Dad, but did I think she was a 33yr old psychotic woman who was born with proportional dwarfism which causes her to have the appearance of a child? No, I did not.
4~ The Visit (2015)
Becca and younger brother Tyler say goodbye to their mother as they board a train and head deep into Pennsylvania farm country to meet their maternal grandparents for the first time. Welcomed by Nana and Pop Pop, all seems well until the siblings start to notice increasingly strange behavior. Once the children discover a shocking secret, they begin to wonder if they’ll ever make it home.
I was pretty much thrown for a loop when the children’s mother says ” Those aren’t your grandparents!” Thinking back, there were plenty of clues. The main one being that the real Grandparents volunteered at a mental hospital and some of the people that worked there hadn’t seen them in awhile. That went completely over my head. I thought the twist was some modern day Hansel and Gretel type of situation, along with a bunch of other way off theories I had.
5~ Saw (2004)
Photographer Adam Stanheight and oncologist Lawrence Gordon regain consciousness while chained to pipes at either end of a filthy bathroom. As the two men realize they’ve been trapped by a sadistic serial killer nicknamed “Jigsaw” and must complete his perverse puzzle to live, flashbacks relate the fates of his previous victims.
Saw came out around the time “torture porn” was starting to make it’s mark in the horror genre. When John, the real mastermind who had been responsible for all the mayhem stands up at the end, my jaw dropped. Still one of my all time favorite endings in a horror movie.
6~ Scream (1996)
The sleepy little town of Woodsboro just woke up screaming. There’s a killer in their midst who’s seen a few too many scary movies. Suddenly nobody is safe, as the psychopath stalks victims, taunts them with trivia questions, then rips them to bloody shreds. It could be anybody…
I have to admit, I have a soft spot for Scream. As a lifelong horror fan, I was thrilled that the success of Scream breathed some life back into the genre and made horror movies more mainstream. As far as the twist goes, I was too distracted by how much Sidney’s boyfriend looked like my beloved Johnny Depp. The thought of hot Billy and his bff being the killers never crossed my mind. I thought it was her dad or Randy.
There are so many great horror movies with surprise endings. Some on my list my have you thinking that it’s a good thing I’m not a detective. Either way, what movies made you drop your jaw and gasp?