WARNING: This post explains the ending of half a dozen great horror books and movies. While they’ve been out in the market for some time if you haven’t seen or read them yet, these could be considered spoilers.
Horror movies and books are meant to keep the audience on the edge of their seats, and one of the most effective ways to do that is to include a shocking twist at the end. An unexpected twist can make the story even more terrifying and memorable, leaving a lasting impression on the viewer or reader. This blog post will explore some of the most unexpected twists in horror movies and books and discuss how horror writers can use this technique to create a successful story.
- The Sixth Sense (1999) – Directed by M. Night Shyamalan, this movie tells the story of a child psychologist trying to help a young boy who can see and communicate with the dead. The twist at the end reveals that the main character, played by Bruce Willis, is also dead and has been throughout the entire movie.
- Fight Club (1999) – Written by Chuck Palahniuk, this novel tells the story of an unnamed narrator struggling with insomnia and a sense of emptiness. The twist at the end reveals that the narrator has a dissociative identity disorder and that Tyler Durden, the man he thinks is his best friend, is just a figment of his imagination.
- The Village (2004) – Directed by M. Night Shyamalan, this movie tells the story of a group of people living in a secluded village who are terrorized by mysterious creatures. The twist at the end reveals that the village is actually located in the present day and that the creatures are just people in costumes, and the village leaders had created this illusion to protect their people from the outside world.
- Get Out (2017) – Directed by Jordan Peele, this movie tells the story of a young black man who visits the family of his white girlfriend and uncovers a sinister plot involving mind control. The twist at the end reveals that the main character has actually been “swapped” with a white body and that the white people in the story have been using hypnosis to take over the bodies of black people.
- The Others (2001) – Directed by Alejandro Amenábar, this movie tells the story of a woman and her children living in a remote mansion haunted by mysterious ghosts. The twist at the end reveals that the woman and her children are ghosts and have been haunting the mansion all along.
- The Wasp Factory (1984) – Written by Iain Banks, this novel tells the story of a young man living on a remote Scottish island who discovers that his father is a serial killer. The twist at the end reveals that the main character is actually a girl who has been living as a boy her entire life and that she is the one who killed the people her father is accused of murdering.
In conclusion, horror movies and books are excellent for exploring unexpected twists, as they keep the audience on the edge of their seats. Horror writers can use this technique to create a successful story by keeping the twist unexpected and surprising and ensuring it is logical and fits within the story’s context.
Additionally, the use of foreshadowing and clues throughout the story can help to make the twist even more impactful. By following these tips, horror writers can create a memorable and terrifying story that keeps their audience guessing until the end.
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Till next we dance among the poisoned ivy….
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