4 November 2010 1:37 AM, PDT | thetorchonline | See recent thetorchonline news »

(This article was originally published in October 2009) This ain't the end, fool! That's what many films seem to scream at us just when we think we're finished. One of the best ways to really deliver that final sucker punch to the audience is for a movie to lead us to believe the story is done, only to knock us around with a final bit of storytelling meant to shock, appall, or just plain freak us out. (The fool's ending, it should be explained, is slightly different than the twist ending, although they can be the same thing. A twist ending takes what we thought we knew and turns it on its head, while a fool's ending fools us into thinking the story is done, only to reel us in for one last bit of story.) Is it cheap and manipulative? »

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