With all cinema, it’s important to leave an indelible mark on the audience’s psyche just before the credits are about to roll. Whether it’s an exhilarating climax, or a quiet idea, the point is to grant the moviegoer something to muse over when they get home. In horror movies, nothing more could ring true. If an audience member goes home and turns on every light — and leaves them on — until they slide under their bedcovers, then the filmmaker can say he’s done his job.
Plot Point Productions has stitched together this five-minute supercut of the first and final frames of some of the best examples of scary and shocking cinema. Set to the theme from John Carpenter’s The Thing, over two dozen films are featured, including The Evil Dead (1981), Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974), and the greatest thing to ever happen to Netflix streaming: I Saw the Devil. (Maybe a little hyperbole, but it really is so, so incredible.)
Everyone has at least one film they remember that provided a final frame that stung their soul so badly, sleeping alone that night was not an option. Mine? The Blair Witch Project. The entire movie set you up for that chilling scene in the cellar. See if your favorite final shot made this supercut.
(via Plot Point Productions)