9 weirdest horror movie plot twists that didn’t make sense

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Horror movies are notorious for throwing curved balls at audiences. It could be something like an unexpected ending or a killer whose motives weren’t what they seemed.

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Sometimes the curve is not entirely logical. There could be a twist revealing a villain that was obvious to everyone except the characters in the film – or a tension of credibility that is just too hard to buy for the observant viewer. In any case, some twists are more realistic than others. However, just because a twist strains credibility doesn’t mean it’s bad.

9 Alternative Personalities – Identity (2003)

Robert being tied in identity

Identity was an early slasher with a unique twist, though that derailed anything audiences had seen before. The narrative mainly follows a group of unique characters trapped in a hotel on a rainy night. People are killed, others are blamed, and there is only one man responsible.

The twist is that this man is serial killer Malcolm Rivers, and the hotel is on his mind. All the characters that the public comes to know are imagined by a single man without much personality. One twist shouldn’t negate the importance of the characters audiences have come to know. Independently, Identity is still a fun murder mystery movie.

8 Topsy Kretts – The Number 23 (2007)

The number 23 played Jim Carrey in a dramatic role of Walter Sparrow. Sparrow is a man who becomes obsessed with the angel number 23 after reading a book that shares the film’s title.

The author of the book is called Topsy Kretts (top secrets), who is actually Walter Sparrow. His choice of this pseudonym puts both credibility and is revealing. Additionally, Sparrow’s obsession with the number 23 is due to his father scribbling it in a notepad before taking his own life. The twists in The number 23 are somehow both predictable and too bizarre to be believable.


7 Human Puppet – Dead Silence (2007)

Dead Silence (2007)

Dead silence was a trademark-filled James Wan debut that did not meet with much success with fans or audiences. He follows Jamie Ashen, a young widower who seeks to solve the mystery of his wife’s death. He returns to their hometown and learns the legend of the slain ventriloquist Mary Shaw.

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The twist in Dead silence is multi-layered. Jamie’s dad has multiple scenes throughout the film and never really looks alive. The end of the film reveals that he is not; it is a puppet. His wife, Ella, is actually inhabited by the evil Mary Shaw. “Ella” mimicked Jamie’s father’s voice and guided his movements via a massive back injury. The ending puts a strain on credibility as Jamie would have noticed that something was wrong with his father from the first moment.

6 Jamie Lloyd is a Killer Now – Halloween 4 (1988)

Jamie wears a clown costume in the bedroom in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers

Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers follows Jamie Lloyd, daughter of Laurie Strode (now deceased). When Michael returns to wreak havoc, Jamie must survive with the help of his adoptive family.

Jamie holding the bloody pair of scissors comes out of nowhere and softens the impact of an otherwise solid Halloween following. The public should believe that Michael Myers’ soul has taken over his niece and made her kill a relative. The ending is more reminiscent of the beginning of the original film than it is the logical conclusion of a story. It’s also never established that Michael’s mind can be transferred, so the ending doesn’t even make sense in the franchise rules.

5 Identity of Esther – Orphan (2009)

Esther with smeared makeup in Orphan

The plot of Orphan focuses on a grieving couple who adopt a girl named Esther. Soon the Colemans notice Esther’s strange behavior that escalates.

Like the rest of the movie, the twist of Orphan succeeds, but it doesn’t quite make sense. Esther is actually a 33-year-old woman named Leena Klammer. Klammer was diagnosed with hypopituitarism when she was young. Her growth was stunted and she retained the appearance of a nine-year-old. Hypopituitarism stunts growth, and Isabelle Fuhrman is great as Esther, but she doesn’t look like an adult female with pituitary gland disorder.

4 Mrs. Voorhees – Friday the 13th (1980)

Pamela Voorhees is one of horror's deadliest mothers

The original by Sean S. Cunningham Friday 13 (1980) follows several teenagers as they arrive to reopen Camp Crystal Lake. Throughout the evening, they are tracked down one by one by a mysterious killer.

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Friday 13 is an overall effective film, but Ms. Voorhees being the killer is a non-twist positioned as a twist. The character is not established in any way until his introduction in the third act. His motivation for revenge is solid, and there is something effective about his relative anonymity. Even still, a character (or their son) needs to be at least mentioned before the reveal for a twist to be a twist.

3 Brahms is not a doll – The boy (2016)

Greta tests whether Brahms is real or not in The Boy

The boy follows Greta (Lauren Cohan), a woman hired to serve as a nanny. However, she is supposed to oversee the creepy horror movie doll Brahms, who is told she is alive.

The movie goes through the usual stages and gets more and more spooky. First, Greta doesn’t believe in the doll’s sensitivity. Then she begins to take him seriously. Finally, the twist: Brahms is not a boy who died 20 years ago and now lives in a doll, he is a man who lived within the walls. There are several times in the film where this would have been obvious to Greta. In addition, not all adult Brahms movements are logically followed. Greta will momentarily leave a room and then return to see the Brahms doll in a different position. Throughout the film, there is no way that adult Brahms could repeatedly enter and exit the walls of the house with ease and without detection.

2 It’s All a Lie – The Village (2004)

M. Night Shyamalan’s The village takes place in an isolated Amish-like community surrounded by threatening woods. The villagers are told that in these woods there is a group of vicious monsters.

The twist of The village did the elders of the community fabricate all aspects of the residents’ realities; the monsters are really just people in costumes. The ancients are not afraid of anything in the woods but rather of what is beyond. They are not in the 19th century; they are in the present. It is stated that the property is a wildlife preserve, so it makes sense that they were left alone. It is also revealed that the government received an award for making it a no-fly zone. But it’s hard to believe that there has never been an off-course aircraft since the late 1970s.

1 Will Benson is Ben’s Son – I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998)

A year after the events of the original, I still know what you did last summer follows Julie James again, this time to the Bahamas.

This suite of i know what you did last summer features two killers, neither of which makes sense. The first killer revealed is Will Benson, who is the son of the fisherman. Benson (“Ben’s son”) acts a bit through the movie. His revelation should have been as obvious to the characters as it was to the audience. The second killer is the fisherman himself, Ben Willis, who apparently survived his fatal injuries in the original.

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