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There are few things better than a great twist ending. That’s especially true in the horror genre, where so much of a movie’s thrill comes from the film subverting what audiences may be expecting from it.
It can be hard, though, to actually deliver on a twist that is both surprising and inevitable. Any great twist should feel obvious, but only in retrospect, and it should probably be something we haven’t seen before. From The Sixth Sense to Scream 6, twist endings are a staple of the genre. These are the best twists that horror movies have ever produced.
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All the Scream horror movies, ranked from worst to best
Early reviews for Scream VI are lauding it as a new peak for the veteran franchise and the best entry since the game-changing 1996 original. Coming from the one-of-a-kind mind of the late great Wes Craven, Scream is the rare franchise that never runs out of steam. Thanks to a premise designed to reinvent itself with each new entry, Scream is the gift that keeps on giving, to the point where it wouldn’t be an overstatement to say every chapter in the series is among the all-time best horror movies.
While every entry in the series ranges from “good” to “great,” we can still rank them from worst to best. No fan’s ranking will look the same; some might be OG Scream purists, while others will insist 2022’s Scream is the new blueprint. However, we can all admit there are no weak entries in this franchise, with each film adding something to Ghostface’s lore while cementing Scream as a cinematic horror institution.
5. Scream 3 (2000)
Watch these 5 movies and TV shows before they leave Netflix in March
Every month, licenses expire and movie and TV show titles are removed from streaming services like Netflix. In some cases, Netflix has even removed (and continues to remove) its own original series to make way for new content and to keep the interface fresh and up to date. Already in March, for example, movies like Air Force One, Shutter Island, Cake, and Scream 4 have been removed, as have shows like Borderliner (a Netflix original) and all three seasons of Sundance series Hap and Leonard.
What’s going next? We’re here to update you on which movies and TV shows will be leaving Netflix this month as well as when they’ll be leaving so you can watch them before they’re gone.
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The 7 best Hitchcockian thrillers ever, ranked
The movies of Alfred Hitchcock are so renowned that they’ve become their own subgenre. Tropes such as the icy blonde femme fatale, the “bomb under the table” moment, surprising plot twists, a “MacGuffin” plot device, and voyeuristic visuals have become synonymous with Hitchcock’s films.
Despite what people may think of him as a person, the director’s stylish and suspenseful thrillers have made their mark on many great filmmakers, and many other works have since been compared to his own.
7. Les Diaboliques (1955)