I have this thing for movies with a twist at the end of them, preferably away from the happily-ever-after scenario. For some reason the last 5 minutes of a movie mean more to me than the first 90. In fact, whenever I see Tom Cruise in a movie I curse him for not dying in Far and Away…
A few days ago, a bunch of us were having a discussion about which movie had the best “twist-endings”. Everyone had their favorites a few good ones came up, like The Usual Suspects, Arlington Road, The Sixth Sense and so on…
BUT (and here comes my query), I came up with these two short films with really great endings (or at least I remember them from my early teens as having great endings) but I can’t for the life of me remember their names or what shows they were on or if they were “stand-alone” movies. I think both of them are from the early 80’s if that helps.
The first one is possibly a Tales from the Crypt episode:
Some teenagers (duh!) go swimming in a lake and they get trapped on some kind of anchored wooden platform in the middle of the lake because what looks like a small oil spill starts hunting them down, well after they get picked of one by one the last survivor tries to escape by swimming for shore. So he starts swimming and the oil-spill starts chasing him, getting closer and closer and the guy makes it up on the beach just before the thing catches him. Then he sits there on the beach panting and cheering and yells something like “I BEAT YOU!” and just when you think it’s over the oil spill jumps out of the water, grabs the guy and drags him back in. I seem to remember the camera then panning to an old obscured “No Swimming” sign in the bushes. Great ending.
The second one is about a prisoner who plans to escape from jail by hiding in a coffin that’s about to be buried, and bribes some janitor guy to dig her up right after the funeral. So she sneaks into a coffin one night, gets carried out of the prison, is buried, and lies there waiting for the guy to come and dig her out. She gets bored and strikes a match to find out who the dead person in the coffin with her is, and naturally it’s the guy who was supposed to dig her up.
So… what in tarnation are these called?
Can I rent them somwhere? Although come to think of it, I’m not sure I want to do that… I used to love “Bring 'Em Back Alive” with Bruce Boxleitner when I was a kid, and a few years ago I caught the rerun and I still shudder at the thought of it. It was exactly as I remembered it but just so undescribably bad. That’s one happy childhood memory down the drain.