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    11 Movies That Have Very Different Alternate Endings, And The Reasons Why

    Almost all these movies had WAY darker endings.

    Sometimes filmmakers have a hard time figuring out how they want to end their movie. Whether it's a creative choice, a producer "doesn't like it," or test audiences felt unfulfilled, there's a ton of reasons why this happens, and it happens all the time. And when it does, we're often left with alternate movie endings that are honestly pretty wild.

    So, we decided to ask the BuzzFeed Community what some movies they know of have very different, alternate endings. And here are the most interesting ones:

    🚩FAIR WARNING: This post obviously contains major spoilers about the endings of all these movies. So don't say I didn't tell you. 🚩

    1. Get Out (2017)

    Daniel Kaluuya as Chris, sitting in a chair, frozen, tears streaming down his face
    Universal PIctures / Courtesy Everett Collection

    "In an alternate ending, the police show up at the wrong time and Chris ends up going to prison for killing the members of the family. I’m happy they went with the ending that they did!"

    theatrekat

    In the original ending, Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) escapes from the Armitage family's house and comes to a final confrontation with Rose (Allison Williams). She lies to him again saying, "I still love you," and he almost strangles her, but stops. A police car shows up, and we're all relieved to see it's actually a TSA vehicle with Chris's friend Rod (Lil Rel Howery) inside. Chris and Rod leave.

    Rod coming out of his TSA vehicle, looking surprised
    Universal PIctures

    In the alternate ending, it's not Rod who shows up in his TSA vehicle, but the actual police, and they arrest Chris. The movie then ends with Rod visiting Chris in prison.

    Chris in an orange prison jumpsuit talking to Rod on a prison visitor phone
    Universal PIctures

    Director Jordan Peele told Variety, "It was very clear that the ending needed to transform into something that gives us a hero, that gives us an escape, gives us a positive feeling when we leave this movie. There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing the audience go crazy when Rod shows up."

    2. The Descent (2005)

    Shauna Macdonald as Sarah, screaming up at the sky covered in blood
    Lions Gate / Courtesy Everett Collection

    "Just came here to see if anyone else hated the US ending of The Descent as much as I did. Sarah is awful. And, while Juno sucked, her character started to arc, while Sarah completely devolved. I get she 'descended' to madness, but yo, no amount of trauma grants you that right. It felt like we were supposed to be happy for her and root for her. I was completely annoyed. I think I would have preferred the UK ending."

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    In the original (aka UK) version of the film, after Sarah (Shauna Macdonald) escapes and sees "ghost" Juno (Natalie Mendoza) in her car, she wakes up back in the cave, because it turns out she never actually escaped. Sarah then sees her daughter and a birthday cake. But as the camera pulls out, we realize she's just hallucinating — the light from the cake is actually her torch. We then hear the crawlers coming for her.

    Pathé Distribution

    In the alternate (aka US) version, the ending is SLIGHTLY less grim and ends before we see Sarah back in the cave. The US version ends after Sarah escapes, drives off in a car, pulls over, and sees "ghost" Juno in a jump scare.

    A woman with bloodied eyes sitting in the car next to Sarah
    Pathé Distribution

    Apparently, Lionsgate (who distributed the film in the US) wanted to "lighten things up a bit" and chop off the ending in the cave.

    3. Titanic (1997)

    Jack and Rose at the front of the ship, Rose's arms outstretched, Jack holding her waist
    20th Century Fox / Courtesy Everett Collection

    "Brock and Lizzy catch Rose as she's about to throw the Heart Of The Ocean over the boat's barriers!"

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    In the original ending, old Rose (Gloria Stuart), aboard the research vessel, goes out at night and pulls out the Heart of the Ocean necklace, which it turns out she's had in her possession the whole time. She tosses it over the edge and it plummets to the ocean floor at the wreck site of the Titanic. Soon after, old Rose dies peacefully in her sleep, remembering her time with Jack.

    Jack and Rose kissing as the entire crew and passengers of the Titanic watch and clap
    20th Century Fox

    In the alternate ending, Brock (Bill Paxton) and Rose's granddaughter Lizzy (Suzy Amis Cameron) see old Rose on the railings at the back of the vessel and think she's going to jump. They run down to stop her, but realize she has the Heart of the Ocean. Old Rose explains that she thought about selling it many times over the years, but instead "came all the way here to put it back where it belongs." She lets Brock hold it for a moment before she finally tosses it over. The entire crew laughs about it (minus Lewis, who's actually pretty pissed).

    The modern day crew try to stop old Rose from throwing her necklace overboard
    20th Century Fox

    Speaking with Yahoo about this "cheesier" ending, Paxton said, “I would have shot heroin to make the scene work better.” He continued, "Coming back to us [Brock and Lizzy] was a way to wrap it up and kind of tie up the old Rose’s story and all that. But you didn’t really need anything from us. Our job was done by then. So it became very evident in the cutting. If you’re smart and you take the ego and the narcissism out of it, you’ll listen to the film. The film will tell you what it needs and what it does not need."

    4. I Am Legend (2007)

    Will Smith as Dr. Robert Neville, in an empty New York street, holding a gun, standing next to his German Shepherd dog
    Warner Bros / Courtesy Everett Collection

    "There is an alternate ending that is more in line with the book. But they went with the original ending that kind of destroyed the whole point of the book in the first place."

    manonamountain

    In the original ending, Dr. Neville (Will Smith) sacrifices himself with a grenade to save Ethan (Charlie Tahan) and Anna (Alice Braga) from an attack by a large group of vampiric mutants (the Darkseekers). Later, Ethan and Anna arrive at a survivors' camp in Bethel, Vermont, where Anna gives them the cure.

    Dr. Neville crashing into a Darkseeker with a grenade in his hand
    Warner Bros.

    In the alternate ending, when the Darkseekers attack, it turns out the "alpha" Darkseeker is just seeking his mate. Dr. Neville realizes that he, the person using the creatures as "test subjects," is actually the villain. So, he gives the alpha Darkseeker back his mate, and the swarm leaves. The next day, Neville leaves behind his research (and the cure) and heads to Vermont with Ethan and Anna.

    Dr. Neville and Anna in a car driving over bridge
    Warner Bros.

    In an interview with ScreenRant, director Francis Lawrence said that the ending was changed to the one released in theaters (where Neville dies) "due to intensely negative reactions to the ending where Neville has his villainous realization from test audiences."

    5. Pride & Prejudice (2005)

    Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Bennet, walking through a field reading a book
    Focus Films / Courtesy Everett Collection

    "UK ending: She leaves her father's study room. US ending: The newlyweds enjoy a kiss."

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    In the original (aka UK) ending, Elizabeth Bennet's (Keira Knightley) father finally consents to Mr. Darcy's (Matthew Macfadyen) marriage proposal and Elizabeth runs out of his office. As she leaves, her father says, "If any young men come for Mary or Kitty, send them in, for I am quite at my leisure."

    Mr. Bennet sitting in his office looking happy, embracing Elizabeth
    Universal Pictures

    In the alternate (aka US) ending, the film continues after the scene in the office, and Elizabeth and Darcy sit by a lake at night, have a sweet little conversation, then kiss. He calls her "Mrs. Darcy" repeatedly as he continues to kiss her.

    Elizabeth and Darcy kissing by the lake at night
    Universal Pictures

    According to the New York Times, Director Joe Wright chose to cut the final kiss scene for the UK release after test audiences in England complained due to the "sexed-up" ending being seen as "blasphemous" to author Jane Austen.

    6. The Wailing (2016)

    CHUN Woo-hee as Moo-Myeong, standing outside at night, wearing a sweater, and looking serious
    Well Go USA / Everett Collection

    "The Wailing ends differently in some countries. It apparently shows the Stranger (Jun Kunimura) meeting a family, unaware that he's targeting them as his latest victims."

    superkay

    In the original ending, our hero Jung-goo (Kwak Do-won) is mortally wounded by his possessed daughter. The shaman Il-gwang (Hwang Jung-min) comes and takes a photo of Jung-goo as he dies. We then see the shaman has a box full of photos of the previous victims and we realize he's been working with the Japanese stranger (Jun Kunimura) this whole time. It turns out the Japanese stranger is actually the demon, not the mysterious woman, Moo-myeong (Chun Woo-hee), who everyone suspected. She was actually trying to help them. As Jung-goo dies, he remembers happier times with his daughter and family.

    Jung-goo bloodied, and eyes closing as he dies at night
    20th Century Fox Korea

    In the alternate ending, the story continues right after that ending and we see the Japanese man sitting on a bench by the road. He sees a family on the other side and offers the child some candy, but the mom stops the child. Il-gwang picks up the old man in a car and they drive off as Moo-myeong watches.

    Moo-myeung, wearing all white, standing in the middle of the road
    20th Century Fox Korea

    Speaking to the Playlist about endings, director Na Hong-jin said that he believes there are three different kinds of groups of genre film fans. He explained, "The first group makes random guesses, the second absorbs the plot, and the third just can’t catch up." And with The Wailing he "wanted to satisfy all three kinds of audiences." He continued, "After such process, multiple wrap-ups of the story that can be interpreted in completely variable ways would all be realized in one film. I know that it was a long shot, and it still may turn out to be a failed attempt, but I am happy with the fact that I got to try."

    7. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

    Edward Furlong, Arnold Schwarzenegger on a motorcycle, Arnold holding a shotgun as the Terminator
    Courtesy Everett Collection

    —Crystal Ro

    In the original ending, after Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) and John Connor (Edward Furlong) say goodbye to the Model 101/The Terminator (Arnold Schwarznegger) by lowering him down into a vat of molten steel, we transition to a car driving down a road at night with Sarah giving a voiceover. It's an ambiguous, but hopeful, ending.

    Sarah Connor embracing John superimposed over an image of a road at night
    Tri-Star Pictures

    In the alternate ending, we cut to way in the future where it's confirmed that Judgement Day didn't happen and we see Sarah Connor, as an old woman, watching John and her granddaughter play with another voiceover.

    Sarah Connor as an older woman, with long grey hair, and a wrap around her shoulders
    Tri-Star Pictures

    Director James Cameron actually wanted the Terminator story to be wrapped up neatly with this future/grandma Sarah Connor scene. But Cameron was convinced by producer Mario Kassar (as well as a test screening) to leave the film open-ended and a little more dark, matching with the tone of the rest of the film.

    8. Stigmata (1999)

    Patricia Arquette as Frankie, standing with her arms out and blood dripping down her face
    MGM / Courtesy Everett Collection

    "In the alternate ending of Stigmata she finally gets the spear through the side and dies."

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    In the original ending, after Father Andrew Kiernan (Gabriel Byrne) is able to save the possessed-Frankie (Patricia Arquette) from a fiery end, he carries her safely out of the church. They sit on a bench, have a tender moment, then Frankie gets up and a bird lands in her hand. She walks off, presumably "cured" of the stigmata affliction.

    Gabriel Byrne, Patricia Arquette sitting on a bench, her wrapped in a bedsheet
    MMG / Courtesy Everett Collection

    But, in an alternate ending, Frankie actually suffers the fifth stigmata, a spear to her side, and dies. In the very final scene, where Father Kiernan discovers the secret scrolls, he also places a picture of Frankie in front of the statue.

    Frankie wearing a crown of thorns and blood streaking down her face
    MMG / Courtesy Everett Collection

    Supposedly, this darker ending was the version the director actually preferred. It's probably safe to assume the studio wanted a more "upbeat" end.

    9. Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

    A giant alien plant with a mouth and tentacle-like arms, this is Audrey II
    Warner Bros / Courtesy Everett Collection

    "This is coming from someone who has seen it live on stage and the movie version. The original ending has Audrey II eating both Seymour and Audrey. Audrey II then creates more of itself, and together they take over the world as the final song 'Don't Feed the Plants' plays us out. It's over the top and campy in all the best way."

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    In the original ending, the alien plant Audrey II is defeated. As the music plays, Seymour (Rick Moranis) finds his way out of the rubble, he and Audrey I (Ellen Greene) embrace, then they're time-cut transported to suburbia as a newly wed couple.

    Seymour and Audrey walking towards a cute house in suburbia, dressed in a suit and wedding dress respectively
    Warner Bros.

    In the alternate ending, Audrey II actually EATS Seymour, and then there's a whole musical montage with people buying little baby Audrey IIs, those babies growing up and killing their owners, fighting with the army, destroying New York City, and finally ending up on top of the Statue of Liberty.

    A giant alien plant on top of the Statue of Liberty's head
    Warner Bros.

    Apparently, this alternate ending where the plants takeover the world was actually director Frank Oz's preferred choice. But, test audiences hated it, and thus the "happier" ending was what was ultimately released.

    10. The Butterfly Effect (2004)

    Ashton Kutcher as Evan, talking on a phone with a woman reflected in the glass next to him
    New Line Cinema / Courtesy Everett Collection

    "Definitely Butterfly Effect, when he goes back to his birth and kills himself. So much darker and reflects the increasing intensity of the movie."

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    In the original ending, Evan (Ashton Kutcher) successfully travels back in time to change the past so his friends Lenny (Elden Henson), Kayleigh (Amy Smart), and her brother Tommy (William Lee Scott) are not subjected to a horrible and traumatic childhood. Years later, Evan passes Kayleigh on the street in New York City (they're now strangers because the past has been changed), they exchange looks, but carry on their ways.

    Evan and Kayleigh walking through a crowded street in New York City
    New Line Cinema

    In the alternate ending, Evan is admitted to a psychiatric hospital and travels back in time and kills himself inside his mother's womb by choking himself with his umbilical cord in order to stop his "generational curse." We then see a montage of a "new" timeline where Kayleigh and Tommy grow up with their mom, Lenny has a happy childhood, and Kayleigh gets married.

    Kayleigh in a wedding dress smiling
    New Line Cinema

    In an interview with FilmSpeak, director Eric Bress said that this grim alternate ending is actually the one he originally preferred. However, looking back at the movie now, he says he actually prefers the happier ending. He explained, "The older I get, the more I'm like, dude life is tough enough. If you're going to have someone suffer in a movie for two whole hours, miserably, I don't mind if you give me a happy ending. And, in fact, if I were to redo the ending of that today, it would've ended with the happy, sappy, ending."

    11. And, finally, Clue (1985)

    Mr. Green, Professor Plum, Miss Scarlet, Colonel Mustard, Wadsworth, and Mrs. White look on in confusion in a grand room in a mansion
    Paramount / Courtesy Everett Collection

    "Clue, with Tim Curry, has THREE different endings. Each one better than the last."

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    So if you've seen Clue on TV or DVD (which is the way most of us have, TBH), then you're probably familiar with the fact that this movie famously has THREE different endings. What you might not know is that, originally, when the film was released in theaters back in 1985, each theater actually received only ONE of these three endings. This was all part of a marketing ploy that, unfortunately, totally backfired.

    Here are all the alternate endings:

    Ending A: It's revealed Yvette killed the cook and Mr. Boddy under orders from Miss Scarlett. Then it's revealed Miss Scarlett herself killed Yvette, the motorist, the cop, and the singing telegram. Her motivation? Her business: secrets and blackmail.

    Miss Scarlett holding a rope
    Paramount

    Ending B: It's revealed Mrs. Peacock killed Yvette, the cop, the singing telegram, the cook (who used to work for her), and Mr. Boddy. Her motivation? To conceal the fact that she'd taken bribes from a foreign power.

    Miss Peacock holding the gun at Wadsworth
    Paramount

    Ending C: It's revealed that Professor Plum killed Mr. Boddy, Mrs. Peacock killed the cook, Colonel Mustard killed the motorist, Mrs. White killed Yvette, Miss Scarlett killed the cop, and Wadsworth killed the singing telegram (and also reveals he's the real Mr. Boddy) — they all have different motivations. Mr. Green kills Wadsworth/the real Mr. Boddy as he tries to escape and Green reveals he's actually an undercover FBI agent.

    Paramount

    FWIW, this is the version that's presented as the "real" ending in the home media release that includes all three endings.

    What do you think of these alternative endings? Were they better than the original or do you think the filmmakers made the right choice? Sound off in the comments below, and tell me if there are any OTHER movies with wild alternate endings. I'd love to know!