dread­ful a- z of Hor­ror

Penny’s monthly dic­tio­nary of doom

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o is for... Open End­ings The In­no­cents

Jack Clay­ton, 1961

Gor­geous, creepy adap of Henry James’ The Turn Of The Screw where a skit­tish gov­erness be­lieves the two lit­tle cherubs in her care are haunted by the ghosts of the las­civ­i­ous for­mer in­hab­i­tants. Or are they? One of the best ex­am­ples of the “is it them or is it her?” end­ing – there’s no cer­tainty here and that’s the beauty.

The Or­phan­age

JA Bay­ona, 2007

This Span­ish lan­guage chiller owes The In­no­cents a few quid, though the end­ing of this tale of a mother ag­o­nis­ing over the dis­ap­pear­ance of her adopted son has an al­to­gether darker fi­nale. Or does it? Two pos­si­ble ex­pla­na­tions ex­ist con­cur­rently.

The Thing

John Car­pen­ter, 1982

What is for cer­tain in John Car­pen­ter’s icy master­piece is that things aren’t go­ing to end well... Af­ter bat­tling a shapeshift­ing be­ing who in­hab­its and con­sumes hu­man hosts, the fi­nal sur­vivors must face their in­abil­ity to trust each other. There’s no car­nage closer though – in­stead they get pissed and await what may come.

The Shin­ing

Stan­ley Kubrick, 1980

There are ghosts freakin’ ev­ery­where, Hal­lo­ran’s been hacked to death, Jack’s frozen solid in the maze and Danny and Wendy have fi­nally es­caped to free­dom. Not so open- ended then. Or is it? The fi­nal photo of Jack amidst a group of party go­ers from 1921 changes ev­ery­thing. Who is he? Has he al­ways been here? See doc­u­men­tary Room 237 for mad mus­ings galore...

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