11 Horror Movies with the Saddest Endings

A list of heart-wrenching horror movies made you shed tears and shiver with fear.

There’s something about horror movies that already mess with your emotions even if they don’t feature a tragic ending. The films are already grabbing at your worst fears and playing with your mind, which to me, is bad enough. Then, it is just like a punch in the throat when they go throw an ending like The Mist at you. Am I right? But that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate these films, these are in fact some of my favorite.. And I find a movie to be done right if it is able to at least evoke one emotion out of you.  I mean, really if you just sit there watching a movie the whole time and don’t feel humor, fear, happiness, sadness, mystery or bliss.. what exactly is the point of watching it?

I will not give out details on these endings because I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone. Let me know in the comment section which ones I’ve missed!


The Mist (2007)


The Orphanage (2007)



30 Days of Night (2007)


Eden Lake (2008)


Jacob’s Ladder (1990)


Mama (2013)


After.Life (2009)


The Canyon (2009) 


Se7en (1996) 


The Haunting (1999)


Pet Sematary (1989)

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  • Josh Millican
    15 November 2014 at 7:33 pm - Reply

    Good job putting The Mist at #1. That’s the most fucked up ending of any American horror movie I’ve ever seen. It’s crazy because that’s NOT how it ends in the short story. Still, I fucking love it!

  • Evan Baker
    17 November 2014 at 3:12 pm - Reply

    I definitely think Audrey Rose (1977) deserves a place on this list. Man, that whole movie is a downer.

    Might have made room for Night of the Living Dead (1968) on there. 🙂

    I’m curious why you went with the 1999 version of The Haunting and not the 1963 version. That’s twice in one list that you snubbed Robert Wise. 😉

  • allure Searles
    2 August 2015 at 5:48 pm - Reply

    I thought losing gage Creed was the saddest ending losing a child is heart breaking and losing a mother too I’m going to have to check out the movie mama since I have never seen it before but always wanted to watch it.