The best movie endings

40 all-time greats that managed to end on a bang, not a whimper.

11. The Thing

the thing ending

John Carpenter’s classic creature feature is packed with buckets of blood and gore, not to mention some horrific practical effects as the titular shapeshifting being wreaks havoc, but its real power is in the quieter moments.

The residents of a remote Antarctic outpost begin to lose faith and trust in each other, which builds to a head throughout the story in increasingly extravagant fashion, making the last scene look positively quaint by comparison.

However, seeing the remaining survivors resigned to their fate and freezing to death while still intensely distrustful of each other sums up The Thing’s relentless fear and paranoia to a tee.