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Movie Endings That Sparked Major Controversy


There are plenty of shocking finales in Hollywood
history, but it takes a special kind of climax to make someone leave the theater in a fit
of rage. These movie endings all sparked major controversies,
sometimes for the silliest of reasons. Major spoilers ahead. When 10 Cloverfield Lane arrived in 2016,
people wondered if this sci-fi flick would have any connection to the J.J. Abrams produced
monster movie Cloverfield that’d come out eight years before. Was it a sequel or a prequel? Did it take place in the same universe? Would there be any aliens? As moviegoers quickly found out, there were
most definitely aliens, but not everyone was happy when the evil ETs showed up on screen. “Oh, come on.” The space worms first appear after our hero
Michelle escapes from an underground bunker. For most of the movie, she’s been held captive
by Howard, a murderous conspiracy theorist who thinks aliens have taken over the world. And when Michelle finally makes her way to
the surface, she discovers Howard was right. Seconds after defeating her warden, Michelle
is forced to fight against invaders from another galaxy. This fiery finale ticked off quite a few moviegoers,
as many thought the climax was overblown and out of place. Some said the movie “self-destructed” in the
last few minutes, while others argued Michelle didn’t need to fight any extraterrestrials
as she’d already beaten Howard. On the other hand, other critics say the scene
is essential for Michelle’s character arc. Now that she’s seen the alien foe up close,
her decision to join the resistance has real meaning. She now knows from firsthand experience what
dangers lie ahead, so when she drives toward the invasion, we understand she’s finally
overcome her fear, and she won’t run away this time. But regardless of your opinion on the ending,
can we all agree that John Goodman was way scarier than any alien? “I’m sorry.” “I accept your apology.” Directed by Nicholas Meyer, Star Trek II:
The Wrath of Khan features one of the saddest death scenes you’ll ever see in a sci-fi movie. After going toe-to-toe with Khan, the crew
of the USS Enterprise is in serious trouble. There’s a super weapon about to go off, and
Captain Kirk can’t escape the blast in time because the ship’s warp drive has been seriously
damaged. And that’s when Spock decides to save the
day. Putting the needs of the many ahead of the
needs of the few, Spock exposes himself to deadly radiation in hopes of repairing the
ship. “No human can tolerate the radiation that’s
in there.” “As you are so fond of observing, Doctor,
I am not human.” While his plan works out and the Enterprise
escapes intact, our pointy-eared hero dies a tragic death, separated from Kirk by a pane
of glass. It’s a heartbreaking scene, and if you’re
not getting a bit misty-eyed right now, it’s probably because you’re a Vulcan. “How do you feel? How do you feel?” “I do not understand the question.” Of course, fans back in 1982 weren’t just
upset about Spock’s demise. They were downright furious. News of Spock’s death leaked pretty early
during the filming of Wrath of Khan, resulting in a major outcry from fans. According to executive producer Harve Bennett,
the filmmakers received “a hundred thousand letters” pleading for Spock’s life. One Trekkie took out a magazine ad demanding
that Paramount spare the Vulcan, and some fans were so upset that they started harassing
actor Leonard Nimoy, actually threatening the man and his family. Hoping to throw fans off, Meyer and company
added a scene early in the film in which Spock fakes his death during a training sequence,
and honestly, that probably only made it hurt even more when the Vulcan finally gave his
trademark salute for the final time…well, until Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
came out, anyway. When The Devil Inside hit theaters in 2012,
there were multiple reports that audience members began jeering and shouting in anger
after the credits started rolling. So what kind of ending would cause moviegoers
to unleash their inner demons? Well, The Devil Inside is a found footage
film about a killer named Maria who’s possessed by four demons. Her daughter, Isabella, is making a documentary
about her murderous mom, and eventually, the film culminates with an exorcism where the
demons decide to leave their host and inhabit our heroes. As a result, things take an unfortunate turn
as Isabella and her friend are speeding down a busy highway. Suddenly, her possessed buddy turns into oncoming
traffic, and the movie cuts to black. And that’s when a title card pops up, reading,
“The facts surrounding the Rossi case remain unresolved. For more information about the ongoing investigation,
visit www.TheRossiFiles.com.” Really, the site was just a bizarre bit of
viral marketing, but moviegoers thought they would have to visit the site to find out how
the story ended. That wasn’t actually the case, but nevertheless,
people felt cheated, prompting a whole lot of outrage from furious horror fans. Based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks, Safe
Haven has a terrible approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and a lot of that hatred has to
do with an ending that comes straight out of The Sixth Sense. Supposedly set in the real world, you know,
a place where ghosts don’t exist, this 2013 romance focuses on a battered wife named Katie. She’s on the run after stabbing her husband,
and she eventually winds up in a new town where she befriends a local woman named Jo
and falls in love with a hunky widower named Alex. As you’ve probably guessed, Katie and Alex
wind up together, but moments before the credits roll, the couple discovers a stack of letters
written by Alex’s dead wife, Carly. They also find a photo of his old flame, and
surprise, she looks exactly like Jo. Yeah, that’s right. Katie’s friend Jo is the ghost of Alex’s wife,
returned from the afterlife to play matchmaker for her hubby. As twists go, this one is completely nuts,
especially considering there weren’t any apparent supernatural elements in the movie until the
end. In fact, the finale was so bonkers that one
critic wrote that the twist “will make you want to punch the movie in the face.” “You bitch! You bitch!” Directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg,
The Interview follows a talk show host and his producer as they visit North Korea to,
well, interview Kim Jong-un. But before they reach Asia, they’re recruited
by the CIA to assassinate the dictator. Initially reluctant, they finally do the deed
when Kim decides to launch his nuclear weapons. As Kim sits in a helicopter, James Franco
and Seth Rogen blast him to kingdom come with a tank, and we watch in slow-mo as the bad
guy’s face catches on fire. Originally, Kim’s death was way more violent. His entire head exploded, sending “chunks
of skull” everywhere. This did not sit well with the CEO of Sony,
who insisted that Rogen tone down the gore. But that was just the start of what would
become an international incident. The madness really began when North Korea
stated that releasing The Interview would be an “act of war.” Things only got worse when a North Korean-backed
group called the Guardians of Peace hacked Sony, began releasing private emails, and
demanded the studio shut down the controversial comedy. “Oh no, it’s happening.” And this is where things got kind of scary. The Guardians of Peace followed up their hacking
attack with terrorist threats. As a result, five major theater chains decided
to drop The Interview, and Sony initially declined to release the movie online. Sure, the movie eventually did make its way
into theaters and streaming services, but it’s kind of weird to think that decades from
now, film students will still be talking about how a ridiculous Seth Rogen movie sparked
an international incident. “They hate us!” “They hate us because they ain’t us.” “Kim! You got it buddy!” “Okay! Alleyoop!” Even though Do the Right Thing came out nearly
30 years ago, it’s just as relevant today as it was in 1989. Set during a vicious summer heat wave in New
York City, this Spike Lee joint focuses on a small neighborhood divided by race. The film takes place over the course of a
single day, and we watch as an argument between a pizza shop owner and two customers escalates
into a violent showdown. The madness starts when an NYPD officer kills
a young African American man. In response, the main character starts a riot
that destroys the aforementioned pizza parlor. “Hey!” It’s a devastating climax, one that leaves
audiences shaken to the core but empathetic toward all the characters and where they’re
coming from. Well, that’s what was supposed to happen anyway. Unfortunately, a lot of people misunderstood
the movie and worried Do the Right Thing would incite real-life riots. One reviewer at the time wrote: “The end of this movie a shambles, and
if some audiences go wild, [Lee is] partly responsible.” Other critics apparently felt the same, way
with one going to far as to say that the movie could have political ramifications. Naturally, this didn’t sit well with Lee,
who told Rolling Stone: “I don’t remember people saying people were
going to come out of theaters killing people after they watched Arnold Schwarzenegger films.”

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  • 10 clover field lane was.. wow good… when that alien ship was over the crops I could feel her vulnerability and shock…

  • The interview was legendary when it comes to stupid comedy . But I do hope we become friends someday and perhaps play basketball together while listening to KATY PERRY

  • Um…GLASS….I'll say no more…my sister and I went to the theater, enthralled at the recent reboot of the unbreakable franchise! After the cameo at the end of Split (an stand alone INCREDIBLE FILM on its own btw) and realizing that split was really a sequal, we were beyond excited and first in line to see Glass. We waited 19 for M. Night SHAMBLAHBLAM to destroy the unbreakable legacy in the last 19 minutes of the fucking film!! Not Cool. Not cool dude. Everyone in the theater left upset and in disbelief…this cant be the end…he DID NOT JUST KILL…NO FUCKIN' WAY MAN!! GTFO…

  • But God forbidd if a movie comes out that might make black folk come together to fight against all this injustice out here….

  • Personally I think riots are stupid and there are no excuse for them. anyone who destroys their own neighborhood is daf. That would be like Americans destroying America because they're angry at France Japan any other country it's stupid.

  • I don't have to watch movies with black people destroying their own neighborhoods for no reason, I just look out the window

  • The only thing I disliked about 10 Cloverfield Lane was how she blew up the space ship. I mean come on. That was over the top goofy. She should have either made some sort of miraculous escape, been abducted with her fate unknown or killed knowing that Goodman was right. Imagine an alien coming out of a house and sees an apache attack helicopter, the alien throws a molotov at it and it explodes. Yep, it was THAT stupid. Just the sheer technological feat to travel to another living planet is so far beyond what humans have, only to be outwitted by some gasoline.

  • I hate Nicolas sparks movies, I happened to watch Safe Haven a frankly the twist that cobie smulders character was a ghost actually made the movie ok for me…. I don't get why people are butthurt about it

  • I never knew that 10 Cloverfield Lane had any controversy… for me it was a enjoyable movie, sure her destroying a space ship was a bit over the top but still enjoyable, I definitely enjoyed this much more than the first one, wich is also a enjoyable and good movie, but I never was a huge fan of that found footage shaky cam.

  • I also think the aliens at the end of Indiana Jones and the ending of Split, where the movie turned from a realistic thriller into a weird Sci-Fi flick.

  • As much as I liked “Do the Right Thing”, some people actually had a point about how it could inflict a race riot. Remember that unfortunate Crown Heights roit that took place in Brooklyn, NY in 1991?

  • Do the Right Thing is one of the worst movies I've ever seen. Rosie Perez is it's only redeeming aspect.

  • I hated the Do the right thing. I’m not Racist but it could have caused violence. If my memory serves me the beginning was with Soike as a delivery man for a pizza place owned by an Italian man. He had photos or Dean Martin and Sinatra and Bing . And the black kids asked him why he didn’t have any pics of black people. He answered he likes who he likes and there are no blacks in the entertainment industry he liked. An argument then happened with both sides holding their ground. And it basically Wes I
    osculates more and more until a race war starts and the pizza place gets destroyed. Sounds a lot like real life now!

  • Originally, "10 Cloverfield Lane" had nothing to do w/ "Cloverfield", but was ultimately linked to it, w/ the goal of selling more tickets and filling more theater seats, etc.

  • I often don't agree with this channel and their opinions of movies. Usually when critics praise a film, I end up hating it and when they dislike a film, I end up loving it. Basically, film critics have no idea what they are talking about 90% of the time and neither does looper or screenrant.

  • Hey our community is already messed up and we need cops but one happens to be racsist so let’s go destroy our community

  • I forget which one, but they had ,before the movies release, a Plastic cup that had "Spock Lives" 3. Still have one of those somewhere

  • It was actually pretty racist of contemporary film critics to think that Do The Right Thing would incite riots. Why? Because it didn't portray caucasian people in the best light? Smh

  • How dumb are the people that watched Cloverfield Lane of course there were aliens at the end of the god dam movie it is a direct link to Cloverfield the giant alien that rampage through New York Lol wtf Why can’t people put 2&2 together?

  • Having 10 Cloverfield Lane in this lineup is just sad The ending was what it should have been being it’s a direct link to the movie Cloverfield

  • Any movie about black empowerment is always met with such stupid opinions. They were even outraged about Django. LOL

  • 4:20 – Yeah, when you said, 'found footage film', that immediately killed any chance of me ever seeing the movie.  I can't stand that genre, because every cameraman in the entire found footage genre seems to spontaneously develop uncontrollable tremors the second they turn on the camera.

  • 6:45 – Actually, the reason Sony had them change the ending wasn't because of the gore.  It was because the original planned scene looked too similar to a scene that was in another property.

  • Completely wrong about "Do the right thing". Why is looper allowed to spew lies when all right-wing content is banned for….lies…???

  • Sorry but for once in my life, I was in agreement with North Korea. Imagine if they made a movie about Obama being assassintaed. America would be pissed

  • The Interview was hilarious…

    And Spike Lee films are relevant and anyone that compares his work to Arnold Schwarzenegger crap is an idiot

  • Yeah for sure, God is such a dumbass that he can't distinguish fake kissing from real kissing, I agree. I'm sure God is fine with you being a career liar tho.

  • Excuse me – unless I'm wrong the Wrath of Khan had Spock knock out Dr McCoy and say "Remember Me" holding his hand for a "Mind Meld"… Any Trekkie worth his homemade latex elf ears knew they left it open to have him come back…

  • 10 Cloverfield Lane was not originally supposed to have that ending. It was made into a Cloverfield movie later and the ending was tacked on to tie it together. And it would have been way better without it.

  • I remember watching the devil inside on my birthday, about 10-15 people total in the theater. I remember when the car crash a guy shouted "Nah, that's it", all of us walked out disappointed!

  • What? The interview section had nothing to do with the ending!? Which btw was the best ending I've ever seen as it gets told at the start of the movie as a joke

  • I couldn’t get through The Interview because it was so unfunny, juvenile and dumb as fuck. I just think imagine if a different country made a film about assassinating the US President. That would go down as an act of war in America’s books as well I bet. All the fear and uncertainty it sparked was completely avoidable.

  • Nicholas Sparks is the worst twist writer ever.. i quit reading the "horse whisperer" 2 chapters before the end when the protagonist decided to cheat on her loving family by sexing with the cowboy hero.. a totally distusting and unneeded twist in an otherwise ok book. And then she has the cowboy's kid at the end to make a happy family because her husband and daughter accept her mistake and stiil love her.. WTF! Liberal democrat trash is what that book is.. worst read ever.. wish i could have those 3 days back. Waste of time!

  • I always get disgusted when Hollywood misrepresented rest of the world especially the countries who like to have their own views & rules. While their own president is an orange clown.

  • Spike Lee the difference is your movie was Race Baiting before the Obama era when as you see with the steady diet of anti-cop race baiting articles and media real cops got really assassinated, 'cops be racist ya'll' was federalist propaganda, so your money really was politically dangerous whereas a Schwarzenegger film is violent but doesn't imply the cops are racist and therefore the only 'black thing' to do is start a violent riot. You are a huge racist Spike Lee, and a D-bag human being who happens to be a black supremacist.

  • About the Spike Lee film: People don't tend to riot if they are invested in a system. If they have opportunities to protect (jobs, standing in the community, political power etc) they tend to work within the system to get what they want and need. The fact that people were concerned that Do The Right Thing would lead to violence exposes real disenfranchisement. I mean you don't see nurses trashing a local business.

  • Manchurian Candidate makes these look like an amateur created them. It was the only movie that was actually banned because it was so controversial.

  • 10 Cloverfield Lane was absolutely amazing…until the end. I hated the ending. It felt like all of the John Goodman Goodness was abruptly ruined.

  • Safe haven was really beautiful.
    I read the book and i was in tears when the letter came along.
    “There where no supernatural” watch thirteen reasons Why

  • U know the movie that I got mad at for the ending? Z for Zachariah. We read the damn book at school and after that, I watched the movie and the ending really made me confused and mad

  • at the end of 10 cloverfield lane, the spaceship had a mouth?

    also bones to spock – "Are you out of your Vulcan mind?"

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