Alternate endings can often be a fascinating insight into the creative process behind films that we know and love. Sometimes alternate endings never make it past the storyboard stage, and other times multiple endings are filmed and tested before the final ending is chosen.
Alternate endings can also reveal a filmmaker’s thoughts and feelings about characters, or reveal unknown insights into well-known stories. Sometimes alternate endings are vetoed by the studio or producer, and can become known as the ‘true’ endings. Other times, alternate endings are the ones that have been discarded in favour of a different ending usually based on audience perceptions and reactions.
This list looks at films where the alternate endings brought something more exciting, interesting or shocking to the film over their original or theatrical endings. Needless to say, there will be major spoilers.
1. The Butterfly Effect (2004)
The Butterfly Effect, starring Ashton Kutcher and Amy Smart, is about college student Evan Treborn who has the ability to time travel back into his younger self and change events, thus affecting the present. However, changing the events of the past often has unintended and catastrophic consequences for Evan and his friends including love interest Kayleigh.
The ending: After travelling back in time several times and not receiving the outcomes he desires, Evan realises that he is only hurting himself and his friends. He decides to travel back in time one final time – to the day he met Kayleigh as a child.
Rather than being friendly towards her, he upsets her so that she will decide to live with her mother instead of her father when her parents get divorced. This decision means that Kayleigh moves away to a different neighbourhood and does not suffer from the destructive childhood that she had before. She also grows → continue…
From:: Taste Of Cinema