Saturday, July 11, 2009

Just Cause The Credits Roll Doesn't Mean The Horror's Over!

Once a movie ends, most people get up out of their seat and head for their car or hit the eject button on their remote. Movie's over, there's nothing left to see, right? Well I don't know about you but I sometimes like to stay through the credits. Sometimes there's a cool song to hear and sometimes I just like to read through the thousands of names scrolling past the screen until I find one that makes me laugh. Real mature, I know. But there's also another reason I sometimes sit through the end credits and it's referred to as a "stinger".

Courtesy of Wikipedia :

A stinger is a short clip that appears after some or all of the closing credits of a film have run. It is usually either included for humor (where it may be called a "stinger gag") or to set up a possible sequel, as well as to inspire the audience to stay through the credits during the theatrical release.

A few horror films over the years have utilized the power of the stinger and I thought it'd be fun to take a look at some of those. Through my research for this post I stumbled across a site called Movie Stingers, which helped me out a bit, so big thanks goes out to those guys. If you ever want to know if a certain movie has a stinger attached to the tail end of it, head over to! And thanks also to Masters of the Universe for giving me my first, and probably best, stinger experience!


Cabin Fever

Cabin Fever of course ends with that old white bearded dude at the convenience store handing a gun over to his "niggas". Well after the end credits, we're treated to one last line of dialogue from the ghetto backwoods Santa Claus :

Eli Roth also had little stingers tacked on to the ends of Hostel and Hostel Part 2. Both replayed small bits of dialogue heard earlier in the film.

House On Haunted Hill (1999)

Check out some grainy film footage showing the patients of the Vannacutt Psychiatric Institute operating on Steven & Evelyn Price's bodies.

Lost Boys 2 : The Tribe

Those who thought Corey Haim was totally excised from LB 2, fear not! Midway through the end credits, a vampiric Haim appears alongside his fellow Corey!

Planet Terror

The little boy who shoots his own head off in Planet Terror was played by Rebel Rodriguez, director Robert Rodriguez' son. Being that he was only 7 at the time, Rodriguez never actually told Rebel that he died in the film. The body shown after the gunshot is heard was a dummy and alternate scenes were filmed where Rebel lives and makes it all the way to the end. These are the scenes that were in the cut that Robert showed to his young son. After the end credits there's a brief shot of Rebel on the beach with his pets, which of course didn't end up in the final film being that Rebel acccidently offs himself in the finished version. Rodriguez says that someday he will have to break the news to his son that not only is Santa not real but that he, Rebel, actually died in Planet Terror too!

Return To House On Haunted Hill

It is discovered in Return, which is actually a fun flick, that a thing called the Baphomet Idol is the source of evil in the titular house on Haunted Hill. If it is taken out of the house, all will go back to normal. At the end of the film, the idol is shoved down a storm drain and flushed out of the house. Where does it end up and who, if anyone, ends up finding it? This end credits sequence explains that as well as provides some added T&A!

See No Evil

This is one of my personal faves. As if Kane's awesome death scene at the end of See No Evil wasn't enough to make ya think that maybe the last hour and a half of your life wasn't a total waste, it gets even worse for the albino pro wrestler! My apologies for the piss (no pun intended) poor quality of this clip. The DVD wouldn't let me pull video from it so I had to bust out the ole camcorder and as you can tell, i'm only a few shakes per minute shy of Michael J. Fox.


You didn't really think the alien creature died off with the implosion of Grant Grant, did ya? Who's next to feel its wrath? Check out this clip to find out!

Wrong Turn

This is another one that occurs midway through the end credits, showing that the mutants are still very much alive and as evil and ugly as ever!


There is an after the credit sequence from Jeepers Creepers that I was gonna upload but ultimately didn't think it was worth it. It's merely a second long clip of the Creeper's truck zooming past the screen. Pretty sure you can imagine that in your head without the use of visual aids.

If anyone knows of any others that i've missed, leave a comment and let me know!


Zacery Nova said...

Not horror, but there's usually one in a Marvel Comics movie - I love those :D

Other than that, aren't stingers kind of pointless? I much prefer the "unconnected opening scene" in most horror movies, where the killer(s) is/are established (but not seen) and some characters not seen for the rest of the movie are killed off. See: Hills Have Eyes 2, Wrong Turn, The Breed, Joy Ride 2, The Ruins, Dark Ride...the list goes on!

- Zac

Stac said...

I ALWAYS watch to the end, but that's because I'm obsessive. Also, I like reading some of the more interesting names listed.

Here's one that's not horror, but has a weird angle to it anyway: when it came out, I went and saw Disney's Hercules in the theaters. It was and still is one of my favorite Disney movies. At the very end of the film and VHS copies of the film, there's a monologue by Hades basically saying that everyone got a taste of happy, except for him. Then he yells" HELLO?! Is anyone listening!?! No one's listening." Cracked me UP.

It is completely absent on the DVD release of the movie.

JeffScape said...

Right on! Even without the stingers, people should stay for the credits.

Bjornabo said...

I always stay until the end of the movies. I usually find myself all alone in the movie theather.

I like to see who`s the Gaffer in movies. :-)

Tower Farm said...

Dude...we at Tower Farm are right there til the end with ya!

The end of "By Bloody Valentine 3D" has one final appearance of the killer that is among the best 3D moments of the movie.

Johnny said...

Ah yes Tower Farm, thanks for reminding me of that one. I wonder if that's the only ever 3D stinger!

the posturing (and admittedly rather irritating) little popinjay said...

i never watch the credits in films now because all the DVD`s i watch are pirate ones of the latest cinema releases that are filmed in the cinema because obviously the person doing the filming has to get out of the cinema as quickly as possible as soon as the credits roll, the latest cinema releases for $3, i`m doin` pretty good.

Johnny said...

Don't know how you can watch movies in such shitty quality. I'd much prefer to just spend the money to see a movie I want to see in good quality, but maybe that's just me. Stop being a goddamn pirate, will ya!

The Warfreak said...

A fine service you've done here for the horror community, Johnny!

Carl (ILHM) said...

Very awesome post indeed, best post I have read all night! My hats off to you, good Sir Johnny!

Johnny said...

Thank you for the kind words, sir!