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Endings that Left Me Cold

  • Jul 18, 2011
Caution: Before reading this list, be aware that there might be some spoilers involved. Proceed at your own risk. I created this list from movies and television series that had disappointing endings or perhaps non-endings.
1
The Reincarnation of Peter Proud
Story of a college professor who starts having recollations of a previous life where he was murdered. He spends the whole film trying to track down the woman who killed him in his previous life. When he finally confronts her at the end, it was like the director pulled the rug out from under the feet of the audience. Super disappointing ending!
2
Lost In Space
I watched this show diligently in the 1960's expecting the Robinsons to be rescued despite the constant annoying meddling of Dr. Smith. Unfortunately, the series ended abruptly without the Robinson's making it back to Earth.
3
Gilligan's Island
Another television show where the bungling of one character and a slew of "greedy" would be rescuers kept the castaways from being rescued. Several years after the show went off the air, CBS put together a couple of lame films where the castaways finally get rescued. They were so lame that Tina Louise didn't even revise her role.
4
Dark Shadows
This show was the most popular daytime televisions series and even had a few spin-off movies. Through some sort of dispute the series was terminated in 1972. We last saw Barnabas and Julia head back to Collinwood without knowing whether Barnabas was still a vampire and if he and Julia would ever get together or even if things were totally right with the Collinwood of the present.
See the full review, "One of the best television programs to come out of the 1960's".
5
Seinfeld Cast photo Jerry, George, Elaine, Krammer
The greatest television comedy series ever had the lamest ending ever. The gang ends up being sent to prison for showing "indifference" after a trial where they brought back several of the characters from the series.
6
Time Tunnel
The best of the Irwin Allen productions. Doug and Tony were never able to make it back to their own time. When the producers ran out of ideas, they could have easily left us with a decent ending.
See the full review, "Join Doug and Tony as They Skirt Around Time".
7
Escape From the Planet of the Apes (1971)
Throughout this film the audience expected a big battle between the apes and the super evolved humans. This was not to be as the human leader explained that the apes' skulls were too thick for their mind powers to work. Instead, the human leader is gunned down with Brent and Taylor. The last act is to set off the doomsday bomb, leaving the Earth as a dead world. History would be rewritten in the later sequels but I was very disappointed when I saw this ending in the theater.
See the full review, "Poor Beginning but a good story nonetheless".
8
The Tourist
This was a pretty good movie ruined by a dumb ending that left too many unanswered questions. Read my complete review here: http://www.lunch.com/reviews/movie/UserRevie..._the_Ending_Ruined.html
See the full review, "Most of the Movie Was Good but the Ending Ruined It.".

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July 18, 2011
very nice list! Time Tunnel...heh. I always hear not-so-good things about that one.
July 18, 2011
Well you had to accept that no matter what country and time they travelled to, people spoke 1960's English and that no matter what happened to their clothing they would always get back the clothing they started with when they shifted time.
 
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