Meet the Feebles (1989)
Our list of bad movies with good endings includes one of Peter Jackson’s works before his time as the director of The Lord of the Rings franchise. Written by Jackson, Fran Walsh, Stephen Sinclair, and Danny Mulheron, Meet the Feebles features Jim Henson-esque, animal-figured puppets who are members of stage troupe. However, whereas the Muppets characterize positivity, naïve folly, and innocence, the Feebles largely present negativity, vice, and other misanthropic characteristics.
Meet the Feebles is super uncomfortable to watch, and many viewers would have easily locked it away in their repressed-memory-vault, if not for its shocking violent ending. After one of the puppets’ bosses verbally abuses the hippo performer named Heidi, the latter becomes extremely and uncontrollably angry that she takes a machine gun and goes on a rampage. Heidi then serves 10 years in prison for the crime she committed and is later rehabilitated to work as a grocery store cashier.