5 Famous Movies That Almost Had Crazy Dark Endings

A movie is only as good as its ending. Think the triumphant medal ceremony in Star Wars, or that fleeting glimpse of Harry Potter's midlife crisis. Of course, nailing that ending can be tricky. Sometimes filmmakers agonize over how exactly a story should wrap up, resulting in multiple early versions that sometimes seem ridiculous in retrospect. Spoilers ahoy!

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Get Out Almost Ended On A Realistically Depressing Note

Oscar-winning horror hit Get Out ends with our hero Chris battling his girlfriend Rose and her family to escape their literal cottage industry of racist brain transplants. They've been luring black people in to auction off their bodies to their rich friends. As Chris pins Rose down, the flashing red and blue lights of a police car appear.

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Universal Pictures"This will work out in my favor as long as the police don't do the barest of forensics investigations."

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While we expect that things are about to go full Night Of The Living Dead, the driver turns out not to be the bigoted cop we saw earlier, but rather Chris' TSA buddy Rod!

Universal Pictures"The TSA budget is through the roof."

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That fake-out with the squad car? It nearly wasn't a fake-out. The original ending found Chris being arrested.

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Universal Pictures"Please do the barest of forensics investigations!"

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Then, in the film's final moments, Rod would visit Chris, who's now in jail. But he's at peace with it all because he put an end to the evil body-snatching schemes, which apparently left behind no evidence whatsoever.

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Universal Pictures"Did they seriously not even see the body missing the top half of its head?"

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Then he's walked back to his cell before the credits roll.

Universal PicturesWhat kind of horror movie has such a downer ending?

Yikes. While this ending would have been perhaps more thematically true -- making a broader point about the unjust mass incarceration of black citizens in America -- it's a bummer of a way to end a thriller. Plus, Get Out was a fantasy, pulling in real-world themes but expressing them in genre tropes, meaning that it could end with a righteously happy ending, even if reality can't.

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Deadpool Almost Tried To Kill Baby Hitler

Perhaps in a Machiavellian scheme hatched by the best boys and key grips of the world, all comic book movies now have scenes during and after their credits. Sometimes these are fun jokes. Sometimes they're teasers for the next movie. In the case of Deadpool 2, it was a time-travelling murder spree. After repairing Cable's flux capacitor doohickey, Deadpool travels back in time to save his girlfriend, meet Wolverine, and murder Ryan Reynolds before he can make Green Lantern -- though sadly too late to put a stop to National Lampoon's Van Wilder.

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But it almost ended with ...

The "Super Duper Cut" home video release of the movie includes one additional scene in that credits montage. Deadpool creeps into an old-timey nursery ...

20th Century FoxWe're clearly not advocating murdering babies, but if you had to pick one ...

... and hovers above a bassinet occupied by one "A. Hitler."

20th Century FoxDoesn't mean it's the Hit- Oh, A is his first initial.

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Yup, the movie almost ended with an attempted baby murder -- the baby was Hitler, but still. Even the writers who crammed as many dick jokes and decapitations into two hours as possible thought that this was "a line we can't cross," adding that the scene was "kind of weird to watch." So the scene was removed from the theatrical version, but included for the enjoyment of the soulless heathens who watch movies at home.

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Overseas, Mac And Me Ended With A Kid Getting Shot By The Police

If you didn't grow up in the 1980s, you might not know what the hell Mac And Me is. After the wild success of E.T., Hollywood decided to make another alien movie, only this time about a small boy befriending an extraterrestrial who looks like Yoda's meth-addicted brother-in-law.

Orion Pictures"Get Mac another eight-ball, you will."

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The film featured an extended musical number at a McDonald's -- even more unrealistic than the magical alien creature is the glaring lack of stomach cramps and anal leakage.

Orion PicturesOhh, you don't want to spread your legs that far, that's just playing with fire.

At the end, Mac is reunited with his disturbingly genital-less family, whose nude exploits soon attract the attention of the local authorities.

Orion Pictures"OK, we're taking you downtown for questioning until you tell us how y'all bang."

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This prompts a shootout, and consequently an explosion which injures our young wheelchair-bound hero, Eric.

Orion PicturesShit gets real fast in McDonaldland.

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Luckily, Mac has the ability to raise the dead. Yup, this was a glorified commercial to sell salted garbage food to children that concluded with aliens necromancing a kid.

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If you thought that ending was dark, buckle up. Recently, Toronto film festival programmer Peter Kuplowsky obtained a rare Japanese copy of Mac And Me. It turns out that foreign markets were treated to an unsanitized ending in which Eric isn't merely injured in a fire, but straight up shot by a cop.

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Orion PicturesIs that cop Ethan Hawke? Is this also the alternate ending to Training Day?

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Eric takes off and is gunned down by one of the officers. Who's hungry for a Filet-O-Fish, huh?

Orion PicturesLuckily, the bullet was stopped by a McNugget in his breast pocket.

Sadly, someone who witnessed this unbridled insanity suggested that it was perhaps a tad intense for a children's movie, so the U.S. version was modified (though apparently Japanese kids were expected to suck it up).

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Beetlejuice Could Have Had Lydia Burn To Death

The classic Tim Burton romp Beetlejuice went through a lot of weird-ass drafts before arriving at the final version, some involving the titular ghoul as an evil pop singer with a demon dong. Surprisingly, the filmmakers still nearly stumbled into some depressingly ridiculous ideas. Take the ending. In the movie, the ghostly Maitlands patch things up with the Deetz family, and help raise their formerly gothy daughter Lydia.

Warner Bros Studios"Why is Donald Trump hanging out with Will's mom?" -- young people

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Originally, the ending was less of Lydia acing science tests and dancing and more dying horribly in a fire. According to producer Larry Wilson, the end found Winona Ryder's character burning to death, thus allowing her to hang out with the Maitlands for all eternity. Most insanely, this was supposed to be a happy ending. Thankfully, some friends suggested that having a teen achieving peace through a violent death might not be the best message to send.

In another scripted ending, Lydia is alive and hanging out with the Maitlands, but oddly, instead of sharing the house, her parents have moved back to New York City. It turns out that this is originally how they shot the scene, too, with Lydia's folks not upstairs, but rather lounging in a swank penthouse away from the horrors of ghosts and the even worse horrors of puberty.

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Being John Malkovich Was Once All About Satan

While the idea of journeying inside the brain of a Hollywood actor frankly sounds like a Human Centipede-esque nightmare, writer Charlie Kaufman and director Spike Jonze turned that premise into comic gold with the beloved Being John Malkovich. The movie ends with puppeteer Craig (John Cusack) being tricked into leaving Malkovich so a parade of senior citizens can enter as planned -- either out of some sort of mystical bid for immortality or because they're all super-big fans of Rounders.

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Gramercy PicturesIf you didn't see Rounders, do you remember how around 2000, everyone started playing poker for no apparent reason?

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But it almost ended with ...

If you thought the movie was out there, the finished product is a sip of Diet Coke compared to the Tony-Montana-sized pile of cocaine that is the first draft. For starters, we see Craig's former boss palling around with his boss, Mr. Flemmer. They're upset that Craig has disrupted their plans to enter Malkovich, and Flemmer reveals that he's ... the Devil?

Gramercy PicturesWhich is pretty much how we imagine the real John Cusack meeting Satan would go.

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This isn't a lie, this guy is literally Satan. The Prince of Darkness then helps a rival puppeteer challenge Craig to a puppeteering contest, and if he loses, he has to leave Malkovich for good. Satan succeeds and they take over Malkovich's body. So the movie ends with the Lucifer-controlled Malkovich enslaving the audience, who proclaim "Hail Malkovich, king of the damned."

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Eventually, all of humanity is ruled by the Unholy Malkovich, who roams the streets just generally being a jerk. We also learn that there is a small group of rebels fighting back against Malkovich, including Craig's wife Lotte. The movie is minutes away from ending when she reveals that she's in love with her pet monkey.

Gramercy PicturesWell, at least it's a primate.

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Then, the very last shot pulls back to reveal that everyone was a puppet. It was essentially Stoned In A Dorm Room: The Movie.

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