Alternate Movie Endings That Are Better Than the Original
Movie endings usually include the most powerful scenes for audiences. They can make or break great movies, so filmmakers often have a hard time perfecting those last scenes.
Thankfully, alternate endings are filmed every once in a while, allowing some fans to see a unique angle. Many movie fans agree that some alternate finales do a better job of closing films than the theatrical versions. This is true for all types of flicks, from romance to horror. Read on to see which popular films have alternate endings that are better than the original.
Little Shop of Horrors
Flower shop employee Seymour (Rick Moranis) finds a weird plant and names it Audrey II in the 1986 film adaptation of Little Shop of Horrors. What could go wrong when you adopt a weird plant? Everything. Audrey II is actually an alien life form that loses control after feeding on humans.
Pretty in Pink
High school relationships are tough. Just look at the 1986 cult classic Pretty in Pink. Duckie is in love with his best friend, Andie. The problem is that she's madly in love with someone else, Blane. As expected in a teen romance film, everything comes together perfectly at the prom.
This '90s action-packed film features Sam (Robert De Niro) and his special ops team in pursuit of an important briefcase. Audiences are taken on an exciting ride to the bitter end. The original concluded with Sam waiting for his love interest, Deirdre, at a coffee shop.
Starring Winona Ryder as Veronica, the film Heathers reveals the downside of high school popularity. Veronica ditches her friend Martha to become one of the cool kids. To make matters worse, she teams up with the new bad boy, Jason, to go on a crime spree.
The Butterfly Effect
Many films teach us never to go back in time to change the past. The Butterfly Effect is a dark example of how time travel can manipulate the future. The story follows Evan (Ashton Kutcher), who returns to the moment he first met his childhood friend and future lover, Kayleigh (Amy Smart).
Many folks believe that ghosts should be left alone, but one author, Mike, doesn't believe in the paranormal. To prove his point, he stays in a haunted hotel room in the thrilling film 1408. Mike (John Cusack) is in for a rude awakening.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
It's crazy what people do in the name of love. Take a look at Exhibit A: the 2010 action comedy Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. In the movie, Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) must battle evil exes to win Ramona's heart.
The 1982 film First Blood follows John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone), a Vietnam veteran and drifter. Adjusting to life after the war is tough for John, but everything goes from bad to worse due to the bigoted Sheriff Teasle (Brian Dennehy).
Space travel is dangerous. The 2014 flick Interstellar shows exactly how scary it could be. To find a new home for the human race, Joseph Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) and a team of scientists jump through wormholes. Many fans called the film's finale "corny."
Die Hard with a Vengeance
Die Hard with a Vengeance's finale included the good guys winning and a huge helicopter explosion. In other words, it has a typical action film ending. However, what would it be like if the good guys actually lost?
The Lion King
Disney is known to have hidden details in its movies, including some disturbing elements at times. The Lion King follows Simba and his painful journey to understanding the circle of life. The original ending includes Simba knocking Scar off a cliff into the mouths of his hyena followers.
Director Alfred Hitchcock wanted to make the ending for The Birds extra terrifying. The finale was already thrilling with radio reports of massive bird attacks across the country and a sky full of birds. However, that's not how Hitchcock originally envisioned it.
Romeo Must Die
As the title suggests, Romeo Must Die is an action flick with a little bit of romance. Jet Li and Aaliyah starred in the film, portraying two lovers (Han and Trish) in the middle of their mob families' drama.
28 Days Later
The original conclusion of 28 Days Later gave audiences a glimpse of hope in an apocalypse movie. Jim (Cillian Murphy) and his two friends, Selena and Hannah, fight to stay alive during a zombie outbreak. The three live in an isolated area and create a giant help sign, hoping passing planes will spot it and rescue them. It sounds like a good plan to have a happy ending, right?
Finding out that the young girl you adopted is actually a grown woman certainly makes an insane story. That's exactly what happened in Orphan, but Esther, the woman-child, also went on a deadly crime spree. Kate, the adoptive mother, finds out the truth and saves the day when she kicks Esther into a frozen lake.
I Am Legend
Many action and thriller films finish with an explosion, including I Am Legend. Starring Will Smith, the movie follows Robert Neville in a post-apocalyptic world. He's the last man on the planet, but he's not alone. Hostile mutants run the world.
In Pretty Woman, Richard Gere plays lonely businessman Edward, who offers Vivian $3,000 if she keeps him company for a whole week. The ending we all know shows Edward visiting her apartment with a rose and making a grand romantic gesture.
If there's anything we've learned from sci-fi movies, it's that robots and machines are the future. Chappie centers on a robot that's been reprogrammed to think and feel for itself, but it gets kidnapped by gangsters and trained to commit crimes.
Underdog Hollywood movies always have happy endings, such as Dodgeball. The flick follows Peter (Vince Vaughn) and his team of amateur dodgeballers. They compete in a national dodgeball competition, playing against the long-time champions from Globo Gym.
The superhero film Watchmen is based on the comic book of the same name. For the most part, the flick stays true to the story, except for the ending, where the film throws Doctor Manhattan under the bus — metaphorically speaking.
Army of Darkness
In Army of Darkness, Ash Williams (Bruce Campbell) time travels to medieval times to defeat Deadites and other demonic monsters. The hero survives his epic battle with the Deadites and returns home, where he defeats one last Deadite. For U.S. audiences, that was the end.
Man of Steel
It's common for superheroes to be against killing villains. However, that's not the case for Superman in Man of Steel. The 2012 flick ends with Superman facing off with Zod. Innocent people were about to die, so Superman had no choice but to slay the bad guy.
What can go wrong on a friends’ trip to an underground cavern? Everything you can possibly imagine. In The Descent, Sarah and her pals are trapped in a cave with human-hunting mutants. That’s a weekend trip that people would definitely skip.
This sci-fi masterpiece centers on LAPD cop Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), who is assigned to take out illegal androids. The theatrical finale gives audiences a positive outcome with Deckard and Rachael (Mary Sean Young) disappearing into the mountains and living happily ever after.
Director Terry Gilliam wasn't a fan of Brazil's finale. The dystopian flick follows a man named Sam, who tackles an oppressive government. The story has a typical Hollywood ending, which didn't sit well with Gilliam and the film's fans.
Angelina Jolie portrays CIA agent Evelyn Salt in the action-packed drama Salt. This flick is full of twists and turns. For instance, Salt finds out she's actually a sleeper agent for a secret Russian agency. In the original ending, she survives after being hunted and vows to wipe out dangerous sleeper agents.
The 2013 remake of Evil Dead was packed with horror and gore. However, the original finale didn't flow with the tone of the rest of the film. In the theatrical ending we all know, Mia survives and walks through the woods as the sun rises. Sounds hopeful, right?
James Franco and Seth Rogen portray two besties (Saul and Dale) who go on a wild, crime-filled adventure in Pineapple Express. The pair survive an insane chain of events. In the last scene, Dale and Saul celebrate their luck and go to the hospital.
The makers of Clue came up with a brilliant plan: provide different movie theaters with alternate endings. Based on the classic board game, Clue is a murder mystery flick with three special finales. Audiences had no idea which ending they were going to see. Imagine the thrill!