Howdy, everybody! Having a good week? A bad one? A…meh one? Well, regardless of how things are going, I’ve got a little something that you’re bound to enjoy: another April Fools guest! See, I’m pretty confident that you’ll enjoy this because today’s guest is the fabulous Miss Abbi of Where the Wild Things Are! And GUYS–she brought one of her top 10 lists!!! She’s basically famous for these lists because they’re always really creative and fun. Not to mention the fact that they usually inspire about a million copycat lists from fellow bloggers. 😉 Let’s see if this list will inspire anyone…
I have become somewhat known for my top 10s so I decided to approach Cara’s April Fools challenge as a top 10… the top 10 twisty endings that completely took me by surprise.
Fight Club (1999)
Starring: Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, Helena Bonham Carter
Directed by: Christopher Nolan
What happens?: A car crash risk assessor’s life goes down a dark path when he meets the mysterious, anarchic Tyler Durden.
The twisty bit: They’re the same guy!
Twist level: 8/10
“Tyler Durden: Welcome to Fight Club. The first rule of Fight Club is: you do not talk about Fight Club. The second rule of Fight Club is: you DO NOT talk about Fight Club! Third rule of Fight Club: someone yells “stop!”, goes limp, taps out, the fight is over. Fourth rule: only two guys to a fight. Fifth rule: one fight at a time, fellas. Sixth rule: No shirts, no shoes. Seventh rule: fights will go on as long as they have to. And the eighth and final rule: if this is your first time at Fight Club, you have to fight.”
Starring: Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox, David Arquette
Directed by: Kevin Williamson
What happens?: A masked killer terrorises the teenagers of Woodsboro in the lead up to the anniversary of Sidney Prescott’s mother’s murder.
The twisty bit: It was her boyfriend and his mate all along!
Twist level: 2/10
“Sidney Prescott: You sick fucks. You’ve seen one too many movies!
Billy: Now Sid, don’t you blame the movies. Movies don’t create psychos. Movies make psychos more creative!”
The Prestige (2006)
Starring: Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson
Directed by: Christopher Nolan
What happens?: Two magicians compete to top the other with the perfect trick.
The twisty bit: Twins, Basil! Twins!
Twist level: 9/10
“Olivia Wenscombe: You married her. You had a child with her.
Alfred Borden: Yes. Part of me did. But the other part… the other part didn’t. The part that found you, the part that’s sitting here right now.
Olivia Wenscombe: You could be in some other cafe saying the same thing about me right now. It’s inhuman to be so cold.”
Starring: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
What happens?: After stealing some money from her company, Marion Crane hides out in the Bates Motel but the proprietor seems to be just a little bit too under the control of his mother.
The twisty bit: He killed his mum and kept her fricking body!
Twist level: 7/10
“Marion Crane: Do you go out with friends?
Norman Bates: A boy’s best friend is his mother.”
The Usual Suspects (1995)
Starring: Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne, Chazz Palminteri
Directed by: Bryan Singer
What happens? After a heist goes wrong the sole survivor is held by the police and pressed to explain what happened, unravelling a complex and twisty tale.
The twisty bit: I am Keyser Soze!
Twist level: 5/10
“Dave Kujan: Do you believe in him, Verbal?
Verbal: Keaton always said, “I don’t believe in God, but I’m afraid of him.” Well I believe in God, and the only thing that scares me is Keyser Soze.”
The Secret in their Eyes (2009)
Starring: Ricardo Darín, Soledad Villamil, Pablo Rago
Directed by: Juan José Campanella
What happens?: A retired legal counsellor attempts to move on from an unresolved murder case he worked on by writing a novel that requires him to revisit the past.
The twisty bit: The victim’s husband has kept the suspected killer imprisoned for years
Twist level: 6/10
“Ricardo Morales: If you keep going over the past, you’re going to end up with a thousand pasts and no future.”
The Ring (2002)
Starring: Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, Brian Cox
Directed by: Gore Verbinski
What happens?: A journalist tries figure out what is happening with a video tape that seems to lead to the death of anyone who watches it.
The twisty bit: The evil little girl in the video hasn’t been freed and moved on… she’s still evil and she’s about to climb through the telly.
Twist level: 1/10
“Aidan Keller: What happened to the girl?
Rachel Keller: Samara?
Aidan Keller: Is that her name?
Rachel Keller: Mm-hmm.
Aidan Keller: Is she still in the dark place?
Rachel Keller: No. We set her free.
Aidan Keller: You helped her?
Rachel Keller: Yeah.
Aidan Keller: Why did you do that?
Rachel Keller: What’s wrong, honey?
Aidan Keller: You weren’t supposed to help her”
The Sixth Sense (1999)
Starring: Bruce Willis, Hayley Joel Osment, Toni Colette
Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan
What happens?: A boy who sees dead people is treated by a psychologist who is having trouble with his marriage.
The twisty bit: The kid can see him because he’s DEAD!
Twist level: 10/10
“Cole Sear: I see dead people.
Malcolm Crowe: In your dreams?
[Cole shakes his head no]
Malcolm Crowe: While you’re awake?
Malcolm Crowe: Dead people like, in graves? In coffins?
Cole Sear: Walking around like regular people. They don’t see each other. They only see what they want to see. They don’t know they’re dead.
Malcolm Crowe: How often do you see them?
Cole Sear: All the time. They’re everywhere.”
Shutter Island (2010)
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Emily Mortimer, Mark Ruffalo
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
What happens?: A U.S. Marshall investigates the disappearance of an inmate from an asylum for the criminally insane.
The twisty bit: He’s actually an inmate himself!
Twist level: 3/10
“George Noyce: This is a game. All of this is for you. You’re not investigating anything. You’re a fucking rat in a maze.”
The Others (2001)
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Christopher Ecclestone, Fionnula Flanagan
Directed by: Alejandro Amenábar
What happens?: A woman and her two children live an isolated life in a darkened house where she becomes convinced that the house is haunted.
The twisty bit: She and the kids are the ghosts
Twist level: 4/10
“Grace: At first I couldn’t understand what the pillows where doing in my hands and why you didn’t move, but then I knew, it had happened, I killed my children. I got the rifle, I put it to my forehead and I pulled the trigger, nothing, and I heard your laughter in the bedroom, you were playing with the pillows as if nothing had happened, and I thought the Lord and his great mercy was giving me another chance, tell them, don’t give up, be strong, be a good mother but now, but now what does this all mean? Where are we?”