Horror movies rarely have post-credits scenes, and while some set up sequels, others ended up leading absolutely nowhere for different reasons.
- Post-credits scenes have become popular in recent years, but some horror movies’ scenes have gone nowhere, leaving audiences wondering what happened.
- Movies like “The Green Inferno” and “Slither” had intriguing post-credits scenes that set up potential sequels, but never followed through.
- Even though post-credits scenes in horror movies don’t always lead to continuations, they still provide exciting teases that keep viewers engaged until the very end.
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Post-credits scenes have become a common addition to movies from any genre, but horror movies don’t usually join the trend – however, some horror movies have had post-credits scenes that ended up leading absolutely nowhere. Although post-credits scenes are not a new practice in the film industry, they have become a lot more popular in recent years, in large part thanks to superhero universes like the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the DC Extended Universe. Post-credits scenes can now be found in movies from all genres, with viewers staying until the end of the credits of every movie just in case.
Post-credits scenes are usually added to set up sequels or spinoffs, or pay-off teases left by the movie, but in many cases, these extra scenes end up going nowhere. The horror genre hasn’t seen many post-credits scenes, but some of them, like the one in Curse of Chucky, have set up continuations. However, there have been others that, while interesting or exciting, haven’t gone anywhere as they never got sequels or these never addressed what happened in the post-credits scene of the previous movie. Here are 10 post-credits scenes in horror movies that went absolutely nowhere.
10 The Green Inferno
The Green Inferno is a cannibal horror film directed by Eli Roth. The Green Inferno follows Justine (Lorenza Izzo), a young woman who joins an activist group whose plane crashes in the jungle, where the survivors are taken prisoner by a native tribe. What follows is a series of horrors, with Justine and Alejandro (Ariel Levy) being the only survivors. However, Alejandro’s fate is left unknown after Justine abandons him and flees, and when she’s rescued, she lies and claims to have been the only survivor of the plane crash.
In the post-credits scene, Alejandro’s sister, Lucia, calls Justine to tell her there’s a satellite photo that shows Alejandro is alive in the jungle and they need to talk. Although a sequel for The Green Inferno was teased, it never happened, so Alejandro’s fate was left a mystery.
9 Urban Legends: Final Cut
Urban Legends: Final Cut is a slasher film directed by John Ottman and the sequel to 1998’s Urban Legend. This time, a serial killer in a fencing mask targets a group of film students working on a thesis project, and just like in the first movie, the killer murders his victims in ways that mirror different urban legends. In an extra tease during the credits, the killer, Solomon (Hart Bochner), is shown in a mental institution, where after watching Amy’s (Jennifer Morrison) film, is asked by a nurse if he enjoyed it, and tells him they have a lot in common. The nurse is Brenda Bates (Rebecca Gayheart), the killer from the first movie, but neither Brenda nor Solomon returned in the third Urban Legend movie.
Slither is a sci-fi comedy horror film directed by James Gunn in his directorial debut. Slither follows Grant Grant (Michael Rooker), who after a meteorite with a parasite crashes in his town, is infected by the parasite, which takes control of his body and absorbs his mind. Grant gradually transforms into a grotesque creature and infects other town residents, forming a hive mind controlled by Grant. Grant and every other infected person are killed at the end of Slither, but a post-credits scene shows a cat licking Grant’s remains, with the parasite infecting the cat. Slither never got a sequel, so it’s unknown what horrors were unleashed by the infected cat.
Constantine is a superhero horror movie directed by Francis Lawrence and based on DC Comics’ Hellblazer graphic novels, starring John Constantine. The movie centers on cynical exorcist John Constantine (Keanu Reeves), who has the ability to perceive and communicate with half-angels and half-demons in their true forms and travel between Earth and Hell. The post-credits scene in Constantine sees the title character visiting the grave of his driver and mentee, Chas (Shia LaBeouf), who was killed by Gabriel.
Constantine leaves his lighter at Chas’ grave as he vows to quit smoking, and as he leaves, Chas is revealed to now be an angel, and he flies away. A sequel to Constantine is reportedly in development, but it’s unlikely it will pay off this heartwarming tease.
6 Planet Terror
Planet Terror was directed by Robert Rodriguez and it’s part of the Grindhouse double feature along with Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof. Planet Terror sees the survivors of a biochemical outbreak, led by El Wray (Freddy Rodriguez), battle zombies and a rogue military unit while trying to get to the Mexican border for their safety. One of the most shocking and tragic moments in Planet Terror is when Dakota’s (Marley Shelton) son, Tony (Rebel Rodriguez), accidentally shoots himself in the face, but a post-credits scene shows Tony sitting on the beach at the survivors’ “base” in the Caribbean, playing with his pets.
Robert Rodriguez shot a version of Planet Terror where Tony didn’t die, which is why that scene with him at the beach was added at the end of the official theatrical version. The reason for shooting this alternate version is that Rebel Rodriguez is Robert’s son, and he showed him the happy ending version rather than the one where he dies.
5 Cult of Chucky
Curse of Chucky has a post-credits scene that sets up Andy Barclay’s return in Cult of Chucky, but the post-credits scene in the latter didn’t have that much value. Chucky finds a way to possess multiple people, creating a cult through which he kills his targets, and it’s up to Andy to stop the evil doll. At the end of Cult of Chucky, Andy is locked inside his cell at a mental institution, but in a post-credits scene, his former foster sister, Kyle (Christine Elise), introduced in Child’s Play 2, enters Andy’s house to continue his work and torture the original Chucky’s severed head. Cult of Chucky is the final installment in the original saga, as it was later rebooted.
4 Evil Dead (2013)
Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead got the “re-imagining” treatment in 2013 with Fede Álvarez as director. Instead of following Ash Williams (Bruce Campbell), Álvarez’s Evil Dead follows Mia (Jane Levy), who is taken to a cabin in the woods by her brother and friends to help her overcome her heroin addiction. Just like Ash, the group accidentally unleashes demons that possess them and kill them in gruesome ways. The post-credits scene in Evil Dead features Ash Williams in the shadows, simply saying “groovy”. Although this hinted at both Ash’s movies and Álvarez’s version existing in the same universe, ultimately this was worth nothing as Evil Dead didn’t get a sequel, and instead, the franchise was rebooted again.
3 Dawn of the Dead (2004)
Zack Snyder’s remake of the horror classic Dawn of the Dead follows a group of survivors who take refuge in a shopping mall during the zombie apocalypse. At the end of Dawn of the Dead, the survivors finally flee on a yacht, but during the credits, footage from a camcorder reveals that they run out of supplies and arrive at an island. Unfortunately, the island is full of zombies, and they are last seen being attacked by a swarm of zombies, leaving their fate unknown. Dawn of the Dead didn’t get a sequel, and instead, it got a “spiritual successor” thanks to Army of the Dead, but it doesn’t address what happened to the survivors of the first movie.
2 Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2022)
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise joined the “requel”/legacy sequel trend in 2022 with Texas Chainsaw Massacre, directed by David Blue Garcia. Texas Chainsaw Massacre sees Leatherface going after a group of young entrepreneurs who arrive at the abandoned Texas town of Harlow to auction off old properties to gentrify the area. Texas Chainsaw Massacre brought back the survivor of the first movie, Sally Hardesty (now played by Olwen Fouéré), but only to make way for a new Final Girl: Lila (Elsie Fisher).
In a post-credits scene, Leatherface is shown walking back to his family home, where the horrors of the franchise began. Texas Chainsaw Massacre isn’t getting a sequel, so this tease won’t pay off for now.
1 Terrifier 2
If everything that Art the Clown did throughout Terrifier 2 wasn’t enough, a post-credits scene took the audience back to the first film with one of the most horrifying post-credits scenes in the history of horror movies. After resurrecting various times, Art was decapitated by Sienna, with The Little Pale Girl taking Art’s head and leaving. Terrifier 2’s post-credits scene takes viewers to a mental institution where the survivor of the previous movie, Victoria, now resides.
Victoria is shown throwing up and writing “Vicky + Art” and various obscenities on the wall with her blood – and on top of everything, she is pregnant. Vicky then gives birth to Art’s living head, which she begins to lick, much to the horror of a nurse. Terrifier 3 is now in development, but it’s to be seen if this scene will pay off or will, at least, be explained.