Movies with Depressing Endings

Here is a list of movies, some of which I own, some of which I've only seen, whose endings may or may not be the very definition of hopelessness, nihilism and depression. I won't include major spoilers to any specific movie, but suffice to say each movie has some soul-crushing themes. Watch if you dare!
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Requiem for a Dream (2000)
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The drug-induced utopias of four Coney Island people are shattered when their addictions run deep. (102 mins.)
“ The epitomy of sadness: falling in love with characters and caring about what happens to them, only to watch them self-destruct ” - Isnam777
Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975)
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Four fascist libertines round up nine adolescent boys and girls and subject them to one hundred and twenty days of physical, mental and sexual torture. (116 mins.)
“ Like many movies on this, this movie shows we humans can certainly be evil enough to each other without the help of the devil. Is hope just an illusion? This movie demonstrates perfectly how absolute power corrupts absolutely. ” - Isnam777
The Mist (2007)
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A freak storm unleashes a species of bloodthirsty creatures on a small town, where a small band of citizens hole up in a supermarket and fight for their lives. (126 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
“ One of the few films on this list where humanity may turn out alright in the end, but what happens to one character can feel like the end of the world. It also shows the kind of barbaric behavior that fear can inspire in humans. ” - Isnam777
Eden Lake (2008)
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Refusing to let anything spoil their romantic weekend break, a young couple confront a gang of loutish youths with terrifyingly brutal consequences. (91 mins.)
Director: James Watkins
“ Has perhaps one of the most mean-spirited endings that feels like you've just been punched in the gut. ” - Isnam777
The Strangers (2008)
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A young couple staying in an isolated vacation home are terrorized by three unknown assailants. (86 mins.)
Director: Bryan Bertino
“ Why do bad things happen to good people? In this case, "Because you were home." ” - Isnam777
Exhibit A (2007)
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The timely story of a normal family disintegrating under financial pressure, eventually driven to the unimaginable. We witness the terrifying events unfold through daughter Judith's video camera, which subsequently becomes Exhibit A. (85 mins.)
Director: Dom Rotheroe
“ Could possibly be the best movie on this list waiting for its no-name actors to be discovered. It's just that good. It's also a heart-wrenching and disturbing little piece of cinema. If I didn't know any better, I'd be convinced the main characters were a real family. ” - Isnam777
Storm of the Century (1999 Mini-Series)
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A small village off the mainland is about to receive a huge winter storm. It won't be just another storm for them... (257 mins.)
“ Great mini-series if you have the time to sit through it. From one of the masters of horror Stephen King, this movie will have you asking, "Why are good people punished for bad people's sins?" ” - Isnam777
Megan Is Missing (2011)
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Two teenage girls encounter an Internet child predator. (85 mins.)
Director: Michael Goi
“ If you can sit through this, you're pretty tough. Not because it's a bad movie, but because this subject is hard enough to read about in the news, much less watch it happening first-hand. Props to the two leads! ” - Isnam777
Martyrs (2008)
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A young woman's quest for revenge against the people who kidnapped and tormented her as a child leads her and a friend, who is also a victim of child abuse, on a terrifying journey into a living hell of depravity. (99 mins.)
Director: Pascal Laugier
“ The writer/director was extremely depressed when he made this film, keep that in mind. This film will have you upset for days, but it will also have you thinking for days. This film has a sort of twisted beauty about it. I'm NOT looking forward to the American remake, it's perfect the way it is! ” - Isnam777
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
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There is panic throughout the nation as the dead suddenly come back to life. The film follows a group of characters who barricade themselves in an old farmhouse in an attempt to remain safe from these flesh eating monsters. (96 mins.)
“ Rife with the social, political and racial tensions of its time, this timeless classic, while probably not as scary or shocking as it was when first released, is the essential zombie movie, the one all others are based off of. It has the quintessential zombie movie ending. I'll let you guess what that means. ” - Isnam777
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
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Following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia S.W.A.T. team members, a traffic reporter, and his television executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall. (127 mins.)
“ Romero is at it again, this film is set just a short period of time after the events on "Night". This stark picture of civilization falling apart at the seams in the wake of a zombie apocalypse shows that humanity is pretty much done for, even if a few humans manage to survive. ” - Isnam777
Dawn of the Dead (2004)
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A nurse, a policeman, a young married couple, a salesman, and other survivors of a worldwide plague that is producing aggressive, flesh-eating zombies, take refuge in a mega Midwestern shopping mall. (101 mins.)
Director: Zack Snyder
“ This is a worthy horror remake if ever there was one, but unlike the original this movie keeps the quintessential zombie movie ending I mentioned earlier. Know what it is? ” - Isnam777
Carriers (2009)
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Four friends fleeing a viral pandemic soon learn they are more dangerous than any virus. (84 mins.)
“ Don't be fooled by comparisons you may have read regarding this film. This is NOT a zombie movie. It is however a sobering vision of how humans would act if that meant they could live just a few more days. Would you go to the lengths our four protagonists go to in this film? ” - Isnam777
7 Days (2010)
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A doctor seeks revenge by kidnapping, torturing and killing the man who raped and murdered his young daughter. (105 mins.)
Director: Daniel Grou
“ The best anti-revenge revenge movie I've seen, this film shows what good people turn into when they become consumed with hatred and revenge. ” - Isnam777
Meadowoods (2010 Video)
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In a sleepy and uneventful small town, three college students, bored and desperate to make their mark, plot a savage and merciless murder. (88 mins.)
Director: Scott Phillips
“ An interesting expose about the disaffected lives of three youths who want to be remembered for something... anything. In this case a sadistic murder. But what happens when one of the group starts to humanize the would-be victim? ” - Isnam777
Undocumented (2010)
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A documentary crew accompany a group of illegal immigrants crossing the Border, but their plans run afoul when they are captured by a gang of sadistic radicals in New Mexico. (96 mins.)
Director: Chris Peckover
“ No matter what side of the illegal immigration issue you fall on, this is yet another film about the dangers of viewing another human as something less than human. This film puts you into its situation like no other, begging the question, "Would you risk your life to save someone else's?" ” - Isnam777
Combat Shock (1984)
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A dangerously disturbed Vietnam veteran struggles with life 15 years after his return home, and slowly falls into insanity from his gritty urban lifestyle. (91 mins.)
“ This surprising piece of cinema comes from Troma, the makers of "The Toxic Avenger". Aside from the usual silly fare that Troma is most known for, occasionally they come out with something deadly serious. This film is that. Stark, decayed cityscapes blend with surreal 'Nam flashbacks in the main character's descent into utter madness with tragic consequences for his family. ” - Isnam777
Day of the Dead (1985)
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A small group of military officers and scientists dwell in an underground bunker as the world above is overrun by zombies. (96 mins.)
“ The only 80s entry in Romero's "Living Dead" series, this film picks up where "Dawn" left off. With the fate of mankind already a foregone conclusion, a handful of survivors bicker and struggle over power in their ranks while countless zombies surround humanity's last safe haven, waiting for just one crack in their defenses. ” - Isnam777
Kingdom of the Spiders (1977)
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Investigating the mysterious deaths of a number of farm animals, vet Rack Hansen discovers that his... (97 mins.)
“ Though one of the few more light-hearted films on this list, this movie still packs quite a bite in its arachnophobic creepiness. In a small desert town where highly evolved tarantulas have replaced humans on the top of the food chain, can animal doctor Shatner and a few others stick it out against the siege of creepy crawlies, or are they already doomed and don't even know it? ” - Isnam777
Orca (1977)
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A hunter squares off against a killer whale seeking vengeance for the death of its mate. (92 mins.)
“ One of my childhood favorites, "Orca" is clearly a "Jaws" rip-off, and just a link in the chain of eco-terror/nature runs amok flicks released in the late 70s. This hasn't stopped a small cult following from surrounding this haunting film that symbolizes the damaged relationship of man and nature. Besides that, the title Orca in this movie is eerily human-like in its need for vengeance against a human who all too late has realized the pain he's caused. ” - Isnam777
The Girl Next Door (2007)
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Based on the Jack Ketchum novel of the same name, The Girl Next Door follows the unspeakable torture and abuses committed on a teenage girl in the care of her aunt...and the boys who witness and fail to report the crime. (91 mins.)
“ This heart-breaking story based on Jack Ketchum's novel is inspired by a true story of one of this country's worst cases of child abuse. The film is told from the point-of-view of a little boy whose neighbors are the all-too-human monsters in this case. This tale will enrage you, yet another hard pill to swallow on the list, made even worse by the utter innocence of the victim(s). ” - Isnam777
An American Crime (2007)
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The true story of suburban housewife Gertrude Baniszewski, who kept a teenage girl locked in the basement of her Indiana home during the 1960s. (98 mins.)
Director: Tommy O'Haver
“ This is the story of the actual historical case "The Girl Next Door" was inspired by. The heavy feeling of dread isn't as bad as the one created in that movie, but still a very hard-hitting period piece. ” - Isnam777
Without Warning (1994 TV Movie)
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A television program is interupted by a news network announcing that three meteors have hit the United States... (100 mins.)
Director: Robert Iscove
“ This is one of the more recently viewed films on my list, and I was blown away. If you don't know the premise, the movie plays out like an actual live news report over the course of one night. This movie shows a film doesn't need a huge budget and big-name actors to create a good, solid end-of-the-world thriller. I applaud everyone involved with this gem. The last 10 minutes or so gave me goosebumps. ” - Isnam777
Planet of the Apes (1968)
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An astronaut crew crash-lands on a planet in the distant future where intelligent talking apes are the dominant species, and humans are the oppressed and enslaved. (112 mins.)
“ A science-fiction masterpiece, essential viewing for anyone wanting to watch the best sci-fi films of all time. In a world gone mad, where apes evolved from man and are the dominant species, you may also find yourself damning humanity "all to hell" by the end of this epic. ” - Isnam777
Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)
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The sole survivor of an interplanetary rescue mission searches for the only survivor of the previous expedition. He discovers a planet ruled by apes and an underground city run by telepathic humans. (95 mins.)
Director: Ted Post
“ The first sequel in the "Planet of the Apes" series, if the original was a downer for you, this may have you saying, "It's Doomsday!" like Charlton Heston by the end. ” - Isnam777
The Omen (1976)
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Mysterious deaths surround an American ambassador. Could the child that he is raising actually be the Antichrist? The Devil's own son? (111 mins.)
Director: Richard Donner
“ If your child goes into hysterics on the way to Church, has a "666" birthmark and has nannies dedicating their suicides to him/her, please consider euthanasia. ” - Isnam777
The Last House on the Left (1972)
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Two teenage girls head to a rock concert for one's birthday. While trying to score marijuana in the city, they are kidnapped and brutalized by a gang of psychotic convicts. (84 mins.)
Director: Wes Craven
“ Another movie where revenge is nothing more than a hollow act. ” - Isnam777
Alien³ (1992)
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After her last encounter, Ripley crash-lands on Fiorina Fury 161, a maximum security prison. When a series of strange and deadly events occur shortly after her arrival, Ripley realizes that she brought along an unwelcome visitor. (114 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ Take Ripley, an alien, a planet full of Faith-based prisoners at the end of the universe and you have "Alien 3", my favorite "Alien" sequel. ” - Isnam777
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)
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A cybernetic warrior from a post-apocalyptic future travels back in time to protect a 25-year old drifter and his future wife from a most advanced robotic assassin and to ensure they both survive a nuclear attack. (109 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Mostow
“ Judgment Day is inevitable. ” - Isnam777
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)
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Three years into the Clone Wars, the Jedi rescue Palpatine from Count Dooku. As Obi-Wan pursues a new threat, Anakin acts as a double agent between the Jedi Council and Palpatine and is lured into a sinister plan to rule the galaxy. (140 mins.)
Director: George Lucas
“ Probably my favorite "Star Wars" movie, there is an ever-growing sense of impending doom that permeates this entry. I found the final interaction of Anakin and Obi Wan, as well as Windu's final confrontation with Palpatine especially heart-breaking. ” - Isnam777
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
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After the rebels have been brutally overpowered by the Empire on their newly established base, Luke Skywalker takes advanced Jedi training with Master Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader as part of his plan to capture Luke. (124 mins.)
Director: Irvin Kershner
“ I haven't seen this "Star Wars" entry in a while but I remember the cruel cliff-hanger George Lucas left us with. ” - Isnam777
The Candy Snatchers (1973)
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An abused autistic boy is the sole witness to the kidnapping of a teenage heiress. (94 mins.)
“ While this may be considered a more tame entry in the 70s exploitation sub-genre, it still managed to surprise me with how well-made it was for that particular sub-genre, as well as keep me entertained with lots of twists and a wealth of dark humor. ” - Isnam777
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
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After a simple jewelry heist goes terribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant. (99 mins.)
“ This crime thriller forces us to sympathize with the criminals while at the same time repulsing us with their acts of violence. ” - Isnam777
The Crucible (1996)
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A Salem resident attempts to frame her ex-lover's wife for being a witch in the middle of the 1692 witchcraft trials. (124 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Hytner
“ While the end of this movie can also be seen as inspiring through the courage of the victims' final acts, it's hard to get over the fact that the true guilty parties got away with murder. ” - Isnam777
Elephant (2003)
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Several ordinary high school students go through their daily routine as two others prepare for something more malevolent. (81 mins.)
Director: Gus Van Sant
“ A timely, tragic tale about youth in the world today and the pressures they face. While there are moments in this film that may give you hope, there are certainly moments it takes it away from you. ” - Isnam777
Zombie (1979)
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Strangers searching for a young woman's missing father arrive at a tropical island where a doctor desperately searches for the cause and cure of a recent epidemic of the undead. (91 mins.)
Director: Lucio Fulci
“ Another zombie epic, this time imported from Italy. The interesting element in this film is that the zombie apocalypse may very well come from supernatural origins! ” - Isnam777
Nightmare City (1980)
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An airplane exposed to radiation lands, and blood drinking zombies emerge armed with knives, guns and teeth! They go on a rampage slicing, dicing, and biting their way across the Italian countryside. (92 mins.)
Director: Umberto Lenzi
“ This Italian zombie thriller was quite ahead of its time with the fact that the undead in this film can not only run, but can think, organize themselves and use guns. ” - Isnam777
The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue (1974)
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A cop chases two hippies suspected of a series of Manson family-like murders; unbeknownst to him, the real culprits are the living dead, brought to life with a thirst for human flesh by chemical pesticides being used by area farmers. (95 mins.)
Director: Jorge Grau
“ Originally called, "Living Dead at Manchester Morgue" this flick about zombies roaming the English countryside features heroes who are blamed for the gruesome deaths attributed to the walking corpses, who not only must let the world know the dead are returning to life, but must clear their names and avoid capture in the process. ” - Isnam777
Pet Sematary (1989)
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Behind a young family's home in Maine is a terrible secret that holds the power of life after death. When tragedy strikes, the threat of that power soon becomes undeniable. (103 mins.)
Director: Mary Lambert
“ Another Stephen King chiller, this pit of despair shows what grief can cause in normal people, and proves to us that, "sometimes dead is better." ” - Isnam777
Lake Mungo (2008)
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A supernatural drama about grief. (87 mins.)
Director: Joel Anderson
“ A sleek and sophisticated Aussie mockumentary, "Lake Mungo" takes us on a supernatural journey with a family that has lost a loved one, showing us the various stages of grief and, thankfully, the process of letting go of that pain. ” - Isnam777
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
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Three film students vanish after traveling into a Maryland forest to film a documentary on the local Blair Witch legend, leaving only their footage behind. (81 mins.)
“ While not the first movie to use "found footage", certainly the movie that ushered in an age of "found footage" films, this shows us the final days, as well as the mental and physical struggles, of a group of student filmmakers and the unseen entity that stalks them. ” - Isnam777
Carlito's Way (1993)
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A Puerto Rican former convict, just released from prison, pledges to stay away from drugs and violence despite the pressure around him and lead on to a better life outside of N.Y.C. (144 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
“ While much of this film is inspiring in a way, showing us a criminal and his determination to change his criminal ways, this movie can certainly bring you down. This is kind of like the antithesis of De Palma's earlier work "Scarface". ” - Isnam777
King Kong (1933)
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A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal giant gorilla who takes a shine to their female blonde star. He is then captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition. (100 mins.)
“ Though this movie, the original "Kong", is more of a monster movie than its remakes, it still illustrates how man, expecting to dominate something wild, instead underestimate its strength and find their civilized world turned upside down. ” - Isnam777
King Kong (1976)
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A petroleum exploration expedition comes to an isolated island and encounters a colossal giant gorilla. (134 mins.)
Director: John Guillermin
“ "King Kong" updated for the 70s, this vision is the same as its predecessor, but adds more sensuality, ecology, and replaces the Empire State Building with the World Trade Center. ” - Isnam777
King Kong (2005)
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A movie crew, travelling to a mysterious island to shoot their picture, encounter a furious gorilla, taking their leading actress and forming a special relationship with her, protecting her at all costs. (187 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
“ This near-perfect remake captures the atmosphere of Depression-era New York and lessens the monster aspect of Kong and adds a more monster-like human in the glory-obssessed Carl Denham. ” - Isnam777
Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995)
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The aftermath of the Oxygen Destroyer brings forth Destoroyah, a beast intent on killing Godzilla, who is on the verge of a nuclear meltdown. (103 mins.)
Director: Takao Okawara
“ I don't really care to go too far into what happens in this movie, even though its climax is made clear from lines on early movie posters. Suffice to say, it's a sad day for Godzilla fans. This is one of the more better made big G films, though I happen to enjoy them all. ” - Isnam777
Paranormal Activity (2007)
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After moving into a suburban home, a couple becomes increasingly disturbed by a nightly demonic presence. (86 mins.)
Director: Oren Peli
“ A story of evil so powerful it eventually causes the loss of will to fight. ” - Isnam777
Paranormal Activity 2 (2010)
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After experiencing what they think are a series of "break-ins", a family sets up security cameras around their home, only to realize that the events unfolding before them are more sinister than they seem. (91 mins.)
Director: Tod Williams
“ This film, like the original, is a battle of wills, and even though this film shows a win against evil, evil always seems to find a way to get what it wants in these movies. ” - Isnam777
Paranormal Activity 3 (2011)
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In 1988, young sisters Katie and Kristi befriend an invisible entity who resides in their home. (83 mins.)
“ A prequel to the first two, this film shows the origins of evil in one of the most unluckiest of families. ” - Isnam777
Who Can Kill a Child? (1976)
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A couple of English tourists arrive on an island where all the children have gone crazy and are murdering the adults. (112 mins.)
“ Perhaps an inspiration for evil kid stories like Stephen King's "Children of the Corn", but with a moral message about how the real victims in war are children, this journey to a small island community taken over by gleefully violent children is a real shocker. ” - Isnam777
The Final (2010)
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A group of high school outcasts get revenge on the students that torment them. (93 mins.)
Director: Joey Stewart
“ This nihilistic story about high school outcasts who are finally pushed too far should serve as a lesson (or warning) to those who would victimize others and others who would look the other way in the face of such crimes. ” - Isnam777
Mask (1985)
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A teenager with a massive facial skull deformity and biker gang mother attempt to live as normal a life as possible under the circumstances. (120 mins.)
“ Another example of sad-yet-inspiring cinema on my list. I think everyone should watch this film at least once and enjoy the sheer beauty in Rocky Dennis's character. If someone with so much going against him can rise above it and be such a beacon of hope to others, why can't we all do the same? ” - Isnam777
Night Skies (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
On March 13th, 1997 one of the largest UFO sightings ever recorded took place across the southwestern United States... (85 mins.)
Director: Roy Knyrim
“ While not nearly as effective as another alien abduction movie "Fire In the Sky" "Night Skies" is a fairly terrifying tale of what happened to a handful of motorists on the night a giant U.F.O. was spotted above Phoenix, Arizona (the sighting is recorded fact). While some may survive the ordeal depicted in the film, the damage done to their psyche is irreversible. ” - Isnam777
The Lost (2006)
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Hanging out at some campgrounds one nice summer day, 19-year-old Ray Pye decides to murder two young women... (119 mins.)
Director: Chris Sivertson
“ Another Jack Ketchum film adaptation, this is the story of one miserable human being and the way he fractures (if not downright ends) the lives of others around him. ” - Isnam777
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994)
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When the brilliant but unorthodox scientist Victor Frankenstein rejects the artificial man that he has created, the Creature escapes and later swears revenge. (123 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Branagh
“ Mary Shelley's epic tale of man playing God, and the grave consequences this brings about in is life and the lives of his loved ones, is an example of classic horror resurrected for the post-modern audience, all without leaving the Victorian Age. ” - Isnam777
Cannibal Ferox (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
Three friends out to disprove cannibalism meet two men on the run who tortured and enslaved a cannibal tribe to find emeralds, and now the tribe is out for revenge. (93 mins.)
Director: Umberto Lenzi
“ Like its major influence "Cannibal Holocaust", this film depicts modern man as no better that ancient cannibalism-practicing tribes in Third World Countries. ” - Isnam777
Race with the Devil (1975)
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Two couples vacationing together in an R.V. from Texas to Colorado are terrorized after they witness a murder during a Satanic ritual. (88 mins.)
Director: Jack Starrett
“ This fun yet creepy road movie has all the 70s flare you could ever want, with some pretty cool action sequences too. Unfortunately, our heroes make the same mistake one too many times. ” - Isnam777
I Spit on Your Grave (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
An aspiring writer is repeatedly gang-raped, humiliated, and left for dead by four men whom she systematically hunts down to seek revenge. (101 mins.)
Director: Meir Zarchi
“ This infamous rape-revenge thriller features the bad guys getting what's coming to them, but once again the price paid by the avenger in doing so causes more damage than it resolves. ” - Isnam777
I Spit on Your Grave (2010)
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A writer who is brutalized during her cabin retreat seeks revenge on her attackers, who left her for dead. (108 mins.)
“ Very excellent remake (dare I say better than the original?) with exactly the same themes as its predecessor, yet perfected to a "t". ” - Isnam777
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006)
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Before being sent to serve in Vietnam, two brothers and their girlfriends take one last road trip, but when they get into an accident, a terrifying experience will take them to a secluded house of horrors, with a chainsaw-wielding killer. (91 mins.)
“ Prequel to the 2003 remake of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" features the same loveable *rolls eyes* characters that are the Hewitt Family and their sick exploits with a little bit of family history thrown in for fun. ” - Isnam777
Family Portraits: A Trilogy of America (2003 Video)
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From acclaimed director Douglas Buck comes an unflinching, disturbingly beautiful look at the underbelly of American family... (103 mins.)
Director: Douglas Buck
“ This soul-crushing trip through suburban America features three short stories of families and lives destroyed by chaos and madness. Though, the last story "Prologue" ends on a redemptive note. ” - Isnam777
Last Stop on the Night Train (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A pair of psychotic hoodlums and an equally demented nymphomaniac woman terrorize two young girls on a train trip from Germany to Italy. (94 mins.)
Director: Aldo Lado
“ This Italian production is pretty much a European version of "The Last House on the Left" but it still is quite good. ” - Isnam777
I Stand Alone (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A horse meat butcher's life and mind begins to breakdown as he lashes out against various factions of society while attempting to reconnect with his estranged daughter. (93 mins.)
Director: Gaspar Noé
“ Gaspar Noe's exposition into the nihilism that is the main character's life probably won't leave you liking him too much. An exercise in a perverse and hopeless philosophy that won't be easy to sit through. ” - Isnam777
Funny Games (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Two violent young men take a mother, father, and son hostage in their vacation cabin and force them to play sadistic "games" with one another for their own amusement. (108 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke
“ The ultimate exercise in cheating the audience (or perhaps the audience cheating itself) that poses the question: "What if evil people controlled time and space?" ” - Isnam777
Funny Games (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Two psychopathic young men take a family hostage in their cabin. (111 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke
“ American remake of "Funny Games" 97. Why can't Hollywood make up its own screenplays anymore? Oh well, at least this film features Tim Roth and Naomi Watts. ” - Isnam777
Scarface (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In Miami in 1980, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel and succumbs to greed. (170 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
“ The very 80s odyssey of one Cuban immigrant's rise to and unavoidable fall from the top of Miami's underground. ” - Isnam777
June 9 (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
What happened on june 9? On a search for some harmless fun at the end of the school year, 17 year-old... (95 mins.)
“ One of the better "found footage" entries, this movie shows the recorded antics and misadventures of a group of high school students out of school for the summer, and the trouble they get into while investigating a local legend. ” - Isnam777
Welcome to the Jungle (2007 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  
Two young couples head into the New Guinea wilderness in an effort to find Michael Rockefeller, the heir to the Rockefeller fortune who disappeared in 1961. (83 mins.)
“ Another "found footage" entry that borrows heavily from "Cannibal Holocaust" and builds itself around the actual disappearance of Michael Rockefeller and four fortune-hunters who try to prove that Rockefeller is still alive deep in the jungles of New Guinea. ” - Isnam777
Children of the Corn (2009 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  
While traveling, an unhappy married couple encounter a cult of murderous children who worship an entity called He Who Walks Behind the Rows. (92 mins.)
“ Another film adaptation to Stephen King's short story of the same name, I'm actually one of the few people who like this version more than the 80s version. It sticks more closely to King's work, and that's why it's on this list. The silly warm and fuzzy ending from the original is absent. ” - Isnam777
Rest Stop (2006 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
The film follows Nicole Carrow, a young woman who is threatened by a maniac serial killer, after her boyfriend Jess, is abducted in a rest stop. (80 mins.)
Director: John Shiban
“ This bizarre tale starts out like a backwoods slasher film where the killer is human, but starts giving the audience hints that something much more powerful and sinister is at play here. ” - Isnam777
I'll Never Die Alone (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
A violent thriller set in the outback of remote La Plata region, I'LL NEVER DIE ALONE (aka NO MORIRE... (86 mins.)
“ Probably the best made rape/revenge film that captured the same nasty, gritty feel that the original "I Spit On Your Grave" had best, "I'll Never Die Alone" is South America's contribution to this controversial horror sub-genre. ” - Isnam777
Wife to Be Sacrificed (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A woman must endure an extreme ritual when her ex-husband, who has recently escaped from jail, kidnaps her. (71 mins.)
Director: Masaru Konuma
“ This could definitely be classified as erotic Japanese cinema, but I saw it as a disturbing story of a woman who, after being kidnapped and sexually tortured by her ex-husband, comes to accept and enjoy this lifestyle, eventually helping her ex torture another young couple. ” - Isnam777
Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
The world is shocked by the appearance of three talking chimpanzees, who arrived mysteriously in a U.S. spacecraft. They become the toast of society; but one man believes them to be a threat to the human race. (98 mins.)
Director: Don Taylor
“ This may be the most personally tragic and sad of the "Planet of the Apes" series. We come to love and care for the ape couple that appears on earth after barely escaping "doomsday" from the previous movie, which makes their plight to simply exist all the more sympathetic. ” - Isnam777
Them (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Lucas and Clementine live peacefully in their isolated country house, but one night they wake up to strange noise... they're not alone... and a group of hooded assailants begin to terrorize them throughout the night. (77 mins.)
“ Some say this film inspired "The Strangers" but I'm not sure. In any case, this taught, little foreign thriller features all the goods: A sympathetic couple, nighttime disturbances, strange noises, shadowy assailants, remote locations. How can you go wrong? ” - Isnam777
The Fourth Kind (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A thriller involving an ongoing unsolved mystery in Alaska, where one town has seen an extraordinary number of unexplained disappearances during the past 40 years and there are accusations of a federal cover up. (98 mins.)
“ I don't know about anyone else, but this movie had me feeling as emotionally drained as the movie's main character. The things this poor woman goes through... I know it's not true, but who cares, this was well-made and freaky. ” - Isnam777
Kidnapped (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Three hooded Eastern-European criminals burst into a home in a Madrid gated community, holding the family hostage in its own home, and forcing the father to empty his credit cards. (85 mins.)
“ This home-invasion thriller from Spain was very tense and disturbing. It's all the more real because the characters all do understandable things given their situation. Another punch-to-the-gut movie. ” - Isnam777
Wolf Creek (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Three backpackers stranded in the Australian outback are befriended by a local who turns out to be a sadistic psychopath and will plunge them into a hellish nightmare of insufferable torture. (99 mins.)
Director: Greg Mclean
“ While some may not agree this film (or quite a few others) should be on this list simply because there may be survivor(s), it's undeniable the mark the villain has left behind in this film is life-changing, in a negative way. ” - Isnam777
Shuttle (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A late night airport shuttle ride home descends into darkness. (107 mins.)
Director: Edward Anderson
“ This creepy, little indie movie came out of nowhere and surprised me. It's all the more better because we really don't know what's going on until the very end. That's when the gravity of the situation becomes evident. ” - Isnam777
Frozen (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Three skiers stranded on a chairlift are forced to make life-or-death choices which prove more perilous than staying put and freezing to death. (93 mins.)
Director: Adam Green
“ One word: Intense! Another film that proves not everyone has to die for the film to leave a nasty taste in your mouth. ” - Isnam777
The Children (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
7 year-old boy Ernesto intrigues people around him for several reasons. Despite such a young age, he... (84 mins.)
“ Another Troma masterpiece! Though this film is full of cheese and camp, it's still an upsetting little piece, and should be memorable for its children with black fingernails and hugs of death! ” - Isnam777
The Children (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A relaxing Christmas vacation turns into a terrifying fight for survival as the children begin to turn on their parents. (84 mins.)
Director: Tom Shankland
“ Out of all the killer kiddie movies, this is probably the one that least explains the kids' turn from cute and innocent to violent and evil. That's part of the charm of this movie, there's really no explanation. ” - Isnam777
The Fly (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A brilliant but eccentric scientist begins to transform into a giant man/fly hybrid after one of his experiments goes horribly wrong. (96 mins.)
“ This is another great sci-fi movie that should be on a list of all time greats. The director's dark vision in this loose remake defines Cronenberg's work overall. There are some icky scenes in this movie. ” - Isnam777
Kill Theory (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Whilst celebrating a graduation at a secluded vacation home, a group of college students find themselves targeted by a sadistic killer who forces them to play a deadly game of killing one another in order to survive. (85 mins.)
Director: Chris Moore
“ This was a pretty amazing post-modern slasher movie. It didn't redefine the genre, but managed to take on a slasher premise without corrupting the genre like the "Scream" movies did. This is pretty straight-forward terror that manages to fit in some pretty clever psychological twists as well. Would you kill someone if it meant you wouldn't be killed? ” - Isnam777
Long Weekend (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
When a suburban couple go camping for the weekend at a remote beach, they discover that nature isn't in an accommodating mood. (97 mins.)
Director: Colin Eggleston
“ Though I'm sure you'll be rooting for nature by the end of this film too, it still doesn't take away the powerful pessimism that seems to drive this film. Our two human main characters aren't all that likeable, but they are also us in a way, so they're fate reflects our own. An early Aussie classic for sure! ” - Isnam777
Long Weekend (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
A vacationing couple in the wilderness learns what happens when they disrespect nature. (88 mins.)
Director: Jamie Blanks
“ I saw this film under its alternate title "Nature's Grave", and it's a pretty straight-forward remake of "Long Weekend" '78. It was pretty interesting to see the actor who played Jesus so profoundly in "The Passion of the Christ" acting in such a hateful manner. ” - Isnam777
Carrie (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Carrie White, a shy, friendless teenage girl who is sheltered by her domineering, religious mother, unleashes her telekinetic powers after being humiliated by her classmates at her senior prom. (98 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
“ I actually prefer the TV remake of this film, but then again I wouldn't lump that film in with "movies with depressing endings" either. There's really no happy ending for anyone in this film, least of all John Travolta! ” - Isnam777
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In San Francisco, a group of people discover the human race is being replaced one by one, with clones devoid of emotion. (115 mins.)
Director: Philip Kaufman
“ While the original "Invasion" from the 50s was far from a happy ending (I still remember first seeing the chaotic, alarmist ending of the original when I was a kid, and I still love it) this version seems to seal humanity's fate. ” - Isnam777
Backroad Diner (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
Four men from Harlem in their early 30's, friends from childhood, take a late summer break, heading... (89 mins.)
“ Another fairly straight-forward Troma thriller, strange huh? Though the movie takes its time in getting to the actual meat of the story, it helps us identify with our four main characters. The tragedies in this story are equally divided between two causes: racism and misunderstandings. It's a neat approach, as I was expecting this movie to be just about racism. ” - Isnam777
The Wicker Man (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A police sergeant is sent to a Scottish island village in search of a missing girl whom the townsfolk claim never existed. Stranger still are the rites that take place there. (88 mins.)
Director: Robin Hardy
“ This is such a classic, such a well-woven story! Please see this movie (and not the 2006 remake)! That is all! ” - Isnam777
Straw Dogs (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
L.A. screenwriter David Sumner relocates with his wife to her hometown in the deep South. There, while tensions build between them, a brewing conflict with locals becomes a threat to them both. (110 mins.)
Director: Rod Lurie
“ Forgive me for not putting the original on this list since I have not seen it. I wanted to, believe me! In any event, I still liked this movie. It's the original story only adopted to fit in the American South. Perhaps a bit unfair to southerners (me included) but its point in that there really are no "good" guys to be found in this movie, I can accept and I like how the point is made. ” - Isnam777
House of 1000 Corpses (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Two teenage couples traveling across the backwoods of Texas searching for urban legends of murder end up as prisoners of a bizarre and sadistic backwater family of serial killers. (89 mins.)
Director: Rob Zombie
“ Rob Zombie's directoral debut shifts the focus of the story from the victims to the victimizers in an almost surreal and psychedlic way. ” - Isnam777
The Devil's Rejects (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The murderous, backwoods Firefly family take to the road to escape a vengeful police force which is not afraid of being as ruthless as their target. (107 mins.)
Director: Rob Zombie
“ Rob Zombie's sequel to "House of 1000 Corpses" follows the villainous Firefly family on the run through the Deep South, as the police officer following them steeps to their level of depravity in his quest for vengeance. Shot as a homage to the gritty exploitation movies of old. ” - Isnam777
Halloween II (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
Laurie Strode struggles to come to terms with her brother Michael's deadly return to Haddonfield, Illinois; meanwhile, Michael prepares for another reunion with his sister. (105 mins.)
Director: Rob Zombie
“ Whatever your feelings are about Rob Zombie's attempt to remake the horror classic "Halloween", there's no denying this sequel's ability to extinguish all hope for any of the characters involved. ” - Isnam777
Hitch-Hike (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A bickering couple driving cross-country pick up a murderous hitchhiker who threatens to kill them unless they take him to a sanctuary. In return he agrees to split some bank loot he has on him. (104 mins.)
“ David Hess is at it again in this exploitation thriller, about the plight of a married couple on the verge of imploding as they are taken hostage by an on-the-run madman. ” - Isnam777
Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
During a rescue mission into the Amazon rainforest, a professor stumbles across lost film shot by a missing documentary crew. (95 mins.)
Director: Ruggero Deodato
“ This controversial film continues to stir up trouble today for its scenes of actual animal killings. If you can get past that, there's an even darker message here about the inherent cruelty of man that is seen in all races and in all cultures. ” - Isnam777
Taken (2002 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Three families experience alien abductions over a period of five decades. (877 mins.)
“ I'd be lying to you if I said I thought this movie really deserved to be on the list, but since I own it, seen it and loved it I guess I'm entitled to share this: If you think watching a 12+ hour miniseries that has a somewhat ambiguous ending (though I think it's positive for the most part) is a waste of time, please save your strength. ” - Isnam777
Jeepers Creepers (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A brother and sister driving home through isolated countryside for spring break encounter a flesh-eating creature which is on the last day of its ritualistic eating spree. (90 mins.)
Director: Victor Salva
“ Poor Darry! ” - Isnam777
Identity (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Stranded at a desolate Nevada motel during a nasty rain-storm, ten strangers become acquainted with each other when they realize that they're being killed off one by one. (90 mins.)
Director: James Mangold
“ This is a fun, post-modern who-done-it? type film. It almost has a sort-of film noir quality in that each of its characters are troubled and are simply trying to get by when all of a sudden they're thrust into a situation beyond their control. In order to not look stupid in front of your friends, save your guesses until the end. ” - Isnam777
The Descent (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and ultimately pursued by a strange breed of predators. (99 mins.)
Director: Neil Marshall
“ The ultimate exercise in man's (or in this case woman's) fear of the dark. ” - Isnam777
End of the Line (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
In this unsettling and creepy thriller, Karen (Ilona Elkin), a young nurse who works in a psychiatric ward... (95 mins.)
“ This apocalyptic freakshow features members of a cult carrying out orders to "save" the souls of humanity before Judgment Day comes. What's weird about this film is the question, "Is there something supernatural at play in all this?" ” - Isnam777