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08-16-2012, 02:58 PM
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Bourne Legacy.
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Exorcist 3. Good horror flick until the end...

The Village also because you could see it coming (because it's M. Night) and the suit in the shack pretty much made it obvious.

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Agree with Sunshine, went from awesome to ridiculous.

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This is the first thing that came to my mind...M Night Shamalamadingdong reaching HARD for a twist ending after Sixth Sense blew everyones mind.
Such a promising director gone down the drain because he bought into his own hype. Starting trying to make every movie the same way and trying way too hard to become the next Alfred Hitchcock. What he failed to realize is that while Hitchcock movies often had a twist, they were actually good suspense movies up until the ending as well. You can't just stick a shocker ending - and poor ones at that - onto a bad movie and expect people to like it.

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Dodgeball. Would have preferred they put the alternate ending from the DVD. Would have been epic

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Dodgeball. Would have preferred they put the alternate ending from the DVD. Would have been epic
Care to share it in spoiler tags?

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I am Legend. **** that ending!
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There was an alternate ending where he lived.
Read the novella by Richard Matheson. Infinitely better, and that piece of **** Will Smith movie completely missed the whole bloody point of the book. I'm aware that the alternate (actually close to the book) ending was cut by the studio at the last minute, but for the uninitiated, here's my big gripe:
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In the book, Neville was the last human survivor of a vampire plague. Every night they'd bang away at his door, and every day he'd go around the deserted city finding them sleeping (the disease caused them to go into a coma during daylight hours) and stake them or drag them out into the sun, and just generally killing as many as he could find. He wasn't a scientist although he did teach himself some science-y skills to research the illness, but it was largely out of boredom more than anything else. He figures all along the vampires are just subhuman killing machines and doesn't consider them sentient but in the end, it turns out they are. After they capture him and he's condemned to be executed, he looks out of his cell to the mob waiting to watch him die and realizes that for centuries the vampire was the legend to humans, but now it's the other way round. The vampires are the new breed of humanity, and he's the monster of their nightmares, having killed hundreds or thousands of their kind. "I am their monster. I will live forever in tales to terrify their children. I am Legend." Or something like that was the last line in the book.


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Artificial Intelligence: It was like watching Spielberg take a dull razor and slash a beautiful painting. Not just awful, unforgivable.
Speilberg always maintains that the parts people think are his were actually Kubrick's ideas and vice versa. I don't believe him.

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Such a promising director gone down the drain because he bought into his own hype. Starting trying to make every movie the same way and trying way too hard to become the next Alfred Hitchcock. What he failed to realize is that while Hitchcock movies often had a twist, they were actually good suspense movies up until the ending as well. You can't just stick a shocker ending - and poor ones at that - onto a bad movie and expect people to like it.
The Village and other Shyamalan movies are really the Golden Standard for otherwise good movies ruined by the endings.

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Orphan: Decent enough horror flick until the "twist" is revealed, then everything falls apart in the worst way.

Red State: Even though it was super derivative, I still enjoyed it. Nevertheless, I felt gypped by the ending.

Phantasm: I wasn't alive in '79, but I'm sure lots of people felt ****ed with back then too.

Suspiria: Not that it was ruined, but I felt that the ending was anticlimactic and unsatisfying.

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The Mist.
For me, that was a mediocre movie with a horrific, tonally inconsistent ending.

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Chronicle.

I feel like I was really invested in the main character and his story, his progression...and then at the end, no payoff whatsoever. That annoyed me.

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The Village and other Shyamalan movies are really the Golden Standard for otherwise good movies ruined by the endings.
I, for one, enjoyed the ending in The Village.

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The Village and other Shyamalan movies are really the Golden Standard for otherwise good movies ruined by the endings.
Eh...

Sixth Sense was good in all respects.

Unbreakable was mediocre. That movie meandered about with no real substance until the ending, which felt cheap and tacked on.

Signs was OK. It suffers from poor acting, a ridiculous plot, and a crappy ending.

The Village was bad. This movie was clunky, with an incoherent narrative. The ending was completely stupid, and actually makes the entire movie worse.

I don't know if you would count The Happening or Lady in the Water as "twist" movies, but it doesn't really matter, because they're probably the worst movies that he's directed.

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Read the novella by Richard Matheson. Infinitely better, and that piece of **** Will Smith movie completely missed the whole bloody point of the book. I'm aware that the alternate (actually close to the book) ending was cut by the studio at the last minute, but for the uninitiated, here's my big gripe:
Spoil:
In the book, Neville was the last human survivor of a vampire plague. Every night they'd bang away at his door, and every day he'd go around the deserted city finding them sleeping (the disease caused them to go into a coma during daylight hours) and stake them or drag them out into the sun, and just generally killing as many as he could find. He wasn't a scientist although he did teach himself some science-y skills to research the illness, but it was largely out of boredom more than anything else. He figures all along the vampires are just subhuman killing machines and doesn't consider them sentient but in the end, it turns out they are. After they capture him and he's condemned to be executed, he looks out of his cell to the mob waiting to watch him die and realizes that for centuries the vampire was the legend to humans, but now it's the other way round. The vampires are the new breed of humanity, and he's the monster of their nightmares, having killed hundreds or thousands of their kind. "I am their monster. I will live forever in tales to terrify their children. I am Legend." Or something like that was the last line in the book.




Speilberg always maintains that the parts people think are his were actually Kubrick's ideas and vice versa. I don't believe him.



The Village and other Shyamalan movies are really the Golden Standard for otherwise good movies ruined by the endings.
Wow, that version of I am legend sounds epic.

I liked the movie because I like will smith and I liked the dog, but the snippet posted above is freakin brilliant. I'm going to seek it out and read it, thanks for posting it!

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The Forgotten...................the "twist" was just like "WTF"

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Sleepaway Camp - The ending was just WTF for sure.

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I didn't mind The Village or its ending, although you could see it a mile away. I wish they would have hinted at the "creatures" actually existing though.

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The Village.
Oh how did I forget this? Horrible ending.

I watched the original The Day The Earth Stood Still today and the whole thing felt like it could have been made three minutes long with just Klatu's speech at the end. Everything else felt pointless.

And there's a Nicolas Cage film whose name I can't remember about numbers and the end of the world whose ending was just a complete cop-out.

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Oh how did I forget this? Horrible ending.

I watched the original The Day The Earth Stood Still today and the whole thing felt like it could have been made three minutes long with just Klatu's speech at the end. Everything else felt pointless.

And there's a Nicolas Cage film whose name I can't remember about numbers and the end of the world whose ending was just a complete cop-out.
I think that was "Next" but I am not sure. Whatever the name was, I recall thinking it had solid potential halfway through.

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Exorcist 3. Good horror flick until the end....
That is example of when a studio's meddling hurts a film

The Director was forced to do that ending. The original ending would have fit film much better

Director was forced to go with Exorcist theme and name for film as well

The Director spent years trying to recover his original footage for opening/ending that he shot before he had to do reshoots but the studio claims to have lost all footage and if it is found would likely be very degraded

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Eh...

Sixth Sense was good in all respects.

Unbreakable was mediocre. That movie meandered about with no real substance until the ending, which felt cheap and tacked on.

Signs was OK. It suffers from poor acting, a ridiculous plot, and a crappy ending.

The Village was bad. This movie was clunky, with an incoherent narrative. The ending was completely stupid, and actually makes the entire movie worse.

I don't know if you would count The Happening or Lady in the Water as "twist" movies, but it doesn't really matter, because they're probably the worst movies that he's directed.
The Last Airbender.

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Read the novella by Richard Matheson. Infinitely better, and that piece of **** Will Smith movie completely missed the whole bloody point of the book. I'm aware that the alternate (actually close to the book) ending was cut by the studio at the last minute, but for the uninitiated, here's my big gripe:
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That sounds awesome, I'm definitely going to check out the book now.

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