Arlington Road, Se7en, Funny Games … When the bad guys win at the end – Cinema News

Tired of Happy Ends? Fed up with these films where the heroes always save the widow and the orphan while good morals are saved? Never mind, here is a small selection of movies where the bad guys win in the end!

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Since its creation, the cinema has generally not been particularly fond of films that end badly. In the Hollywood industry, guardian of the temple of Happy End and authentic merchant of good morals, it is more than ever true. It does not matter if the character in a film suffers or makes those around him suffer the martyr, does trashy or ultra violent things, etc …In Fine, the important thing is that morality is safe. It is not entirely a coincidence that the pessimistic ends of certain films often find themselves put aside on the editing bench after a bad test screening, offered as bonuses on DVD and other Blu-rays.

By films that end badly, we must also understand those works where the bad guys win at the end, shattering the diktat of Happy ending. And damn it feels good! We therefore offer you a small selection of films on this theme sprinkled with a zest of pessimistic, in any case disturbing. A selection which is obviously not intended to be exhaustive.

Ah one last thing! Given the nature of such a subject, obviously guaranteed 100% Spoil, you might as well say that if you have not seen the works mentioned in the file, go your way now. You have been warned !!!

Memento (2000)

In Memento, you have surely taken an affection for this poor guy of Leonard Shelby, suffering from an amnesia which deprives him of the memories of the immediate memory, forcing him to tattoo himself regularly so as not to forget anything of the clues gleaned that and the. His quest is rather noble: to find his wife’s murderer.

So what is Leonard bad at? Well, he uses his handicap largely to his advantage, (re) creating a “game” in his mind in which he can have the satisfaction of destroying the man he thinks is his wife’s murderer. He ends up liquidating his friend Teddy, knowing full well that he is not responsible for the death of his wife. What does it really matter, since he will soon not remember anything. The cycle of revenge will be able to continue to turn, and to turn again, without end …

Arlington Road (1999)

In Arlington Road, the villains are a seemingly uneventful couple, Oliver and Cheryl Lang, whom their neighbor, Michael Faraday, suspects are terrorists …

… and are indeed potential terrorists. Oliver Lang succeeds in setting Michael up by detonating a bomb killing hundreds of people … and quietly making him take the hat off. A stratagem that works of thunder, which allows the Langs to continue their misdeeds with impunity, in their suburban American pavilion.

For fun, the end in pictures precisely …

The Great Silence (1968)

Winter 1898, in the sumptuous snowy landscapes of Utah. Tigrero, a vicious, cruel and sadistic bounty hunter, takes advantage of the law to bring back his victims rather dead than alive. “We must try to understand each other: it is our daily bread” he said to a weeping widow; “Heaven will have mercy on you. A husband can be replaced!”

For Tigrero and his accomplices, everyone goes there, even the poor unfortunate starving refugees in the mountains. He even kills Silence, the silent vigilante engaged by a widow, in a completely disloyal final duel. An end of atrocious pessimism, which is moreover rare in a western. So pessimistic that the producers forced Sergio Corbucci to shoot a new ending, optimistic this time around. The director complied, but it was so (and willfully) outrageous that it was unusable. So there remains the first end, both atrocious and sublime …

Usual Suspects (1995)

In the crime scene, Keyser Söze is a name worth whispering. And again … The mere mention of the name of this relentless killer, including children, is enough to terrify even the most hardened criminals …

To complete his work, this angel of death pretends to be a small-time crook, lame, with an atrophied hand: Verbal Kint. The only “survivor” of the extermination of the group of robbers led by Dean Keaton, he leaves the police station quietly, without being worried, while he has a mountain of corpses to his credit … As he says so well to the agent Kujan: “The trickiest thing the Devil has ever done is convincing everyone that he doesn’t exist. And suddenly he flies away.”

The masterful end of the film, in pictures …

The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

“The Empire strikes back in this selection ??? Good joke!” some will no doubt say … Yes yes, The Empire strikes back on this issue. In this case Darth Vader, the vile Emperor Palpatine and all the (dark) forces of the Empire.

Obviously if we consider the end of Return of the Jedi, so the entire saga, the film is out of the race. Except that at the end of The Empire Strikes Back, Darth Vader inflicts a severe defeat on Luke Skywalker, slicing off his hand with his lightsaber. Han Solo was captured by Boba Fett, and cryogenized in a carbonite coffin, to serve as a painting (and warning) hanging in Jabba the Hutt’s lair … A fair revenge to chastise the rebels of the Alliance who dared to destroy the Dark Star.

Se7en (1995)

So in the masterpiece Se7en, the villain is a serial killer, who calls himself John doe. Convinced of being the avenging arm of God, at least an instrument of the fulfillment of his just anger …

His modus operandiis that he kills his victims according to the seven capital sins … or rather five in fact: gluttony, pride, lust, avarice, laziness. Once this is done, he traps Inspector David Mills to accomplish his macabre goal. Guilty of the sin of envy, Doe kills Mills’ pregnant wife, beheads her, and has her head shipped in a box, to a place where only Doe, Mills and her colleague Somerset are. Horrified, Mills then understands that if he kills Doe, the latter will have achieved his goal: that Mills is guilty of the sin of anger … And that’s exactly what happens.

Se7en, and his traumatic ending …

Funny Games (1998)

In Michael Haneke’s film, there are two villains, inseparable like Beavis & Butt-Head, as they like to remember: Paul and Peter. Dressed in white, they politely show up at their neighbors’ door – a couple who have come to spend the weekend in the countryside with their son – to ask for eggs …

The two actually turn out to be sadistic psychopaths, who end up confining the little family to her home and torturing them; including killing their young son in front of their eyes with a shotgun. The whole family goes there. And when the mother manages to escape to get help, she (again) falls to her misfortune on her torturers … who take her for a boat trip on the lake in the early morning, before throw overboard and drown it.

Flight over a cuckoo’s nest (1976)

Here, it is rather the villain in question. In this case the head nurse of the Miss Ratched psychiatric hospital. Deceptively amiable, genuine bitch, without any compassion for the inmates of the institute, she actually holds her service with an iron fist.

Randolph Mac Murphy manages to galvanize and raise the patients of the institute against her. But she quickly regains the upper hand. And if Chef Bromden finally escapes, Mc Murphy ends up being lobotomized, condemned to vegetate like a vegetable until the end of his days … To the great satisfaction of nurse Ratched, who can now exercise her full authority. without seeing his plans thwarted by Mc Murphy. But that was before Chef Bromden killed his friend by suffocating him with a pillow, to take his spirit with him …

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

The villain is obviously Hannibal Lecter, a former psychiatrist, nicknamed “Hannibal the cannibal” since he became a cannibal …

At the end of Silence of the Lambs, on the run, he leaves Agent Starling in peace, and tells him over the phone that he has an old friend for dinner … in this case the warden of the prison in which he languished. Ten years later, he lovingly cooks part of Paul Krendler’s brain … which he feeds him. And even though he’s momentarily captured by Agent Starling, to the point of having to slice his hand off to escape before reinforcements arrive, he manages to be on the run again. He even enjoys the supreme luxury of initiating a young boy to the joys of tasting human brains on the plane …

Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

Here we can indifferently say the wicked, namely the neighbors of Rosemary, including her husband, worshipers of Satan; or, better, Satan himself.

With the care lavished unwittingly by the satanic cult, Rosemary ends up giving birth to the Antichrist … And although she armed herself with a knife to kill him, her maternal instinct ends up taking over. After all, Satan or not, he remains his son …

Below, the final sequence …

Saw (2005)

For the Jigsaw puzzle killer, it’s all about life and death. Literally. If the will to survive of some of its victims is strong enough, it leaves them horribly mutilated or disfigured. The price of life to pay in short …

John Kramer, aka Jigsaw, has terminal brain cancer. He pretends to be a corpse from the start of the (mis) adventures of Adam and Doctor Lawrence Gordon … who will not manage to free themselves in time. Jigsaw 1 / Adam – Gordon: 0.

Below, the famous ending of the first film …

The Dead End (1994)

Here the bad guy is a little mobster named Benny Blanco, aka “the Bronx man”. He dreams of becoming as legendary in the industry as Carlito Brigante. “Who are you that I remember you? Maybe I don’t even remember the last time I blew my nose and wipe my ass.” Carlito swings at the young gangster in the making. Miscalculation…

While Carlito runs on the platform of the train that will take him far from the rotten environment in which he lives, with the woman he loves, Benny Blanco waited for him in front of the wagon, on the platform … and shoots him three bullets at close range. End of the dream of escape for the ex-criminal: we ultimately never escape the Middle …

Born Killers (1994)

Mickey and Mallory Knox, a young couple embarked on a bloody odyssey, kill people crossing their path, starting with Mallory’s parents, who mistreated their daughter …

After starting a riot in a federal prison, they escape in the company of Wayne Gale, thrill-seeking journalist, star presenter of American Maniacs, who was doing a report – interview about them. But Mickey & Mallory don’t like witnesses too much … And when Wayne Gale tries to plead his case so that they save his life, telling them that the couple always leaves a witness to their misdeeds, they answer him :“yes, it’s the camera”, before shooting him at point blank range with shotguns. End clap.

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