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Penny’s monthly dictionary of doom
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.
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.
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.
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...