The Greatest Horror Movie Moments!
by: Dr. Boogie

The Fury

Fury: it gets to even the best of us. You punch a wall, you throw something at your TV, it's a costly emotion. Imagine, then, the toll when you have to factor in psychic powers. If Bryan DePalma's film The Fury is any indication, you'll need the likes of Kirk Douglas to help you set things right.

Star power aside, the film is notable for a particularly gruesome moment that occurs at the very end of the movie. I don't want to give too much of the movie away, but the story concerns a girl named Gillian (played by Amy Irving, and being the second movie she's been in that featured a teenage girl with psychic powers), who discovers she has psychic powers, including telepathy and telekinesis. This puts here firmly in the sights of evil government bad guy, Childress. Over the course of the movie, she flees Childress and meets up with fellow gifted youngster, Robin, along with his dad, Peter (Kirk Douglas).

All this leads up to the final scene:

After a very eventful night, Gillian wakes up in bed in an unfamiliar place. Unfortunately, this unfamiliar place features an all too familiar face: that of Childress. Without going into too much detail, Childress gives a long monologue where he explains that he is not the bad guy, in spite of all the terrible things he's done. However, anyone who has watched the film up until now knows that he is very the bad guy.

He wraps up his speech by sitting on the bed with Gillian and explaining that he'll "be a good father" to Gillian. It's a little creepy, as you can imagine, and it gets all the creepier when she plants a kiss on him.

Here's the catch: one of the downsides of Gillian's powers is that anyone who touches her will start to bleed. Childress becomes acutely aware of this fact after she kisses him on the eye.

Childress, now blind, realizes that Gillian has betrayed him. He gets up and stumbles around, trying to lay his one working hand on Gillian. He walks around the entire room trying to grab, but only succeeds in falling over the couch.

It's pretty clear at this point that Gillian has had enough of Childress. Time to give him an appropriate send-off.

"You go to hell!"

Wait for it...

Wait for it...


And that's the end of the movie. Maybe you're thinking to yourself, "Well, what about tying up any loose ends that may have been left over from the previous scenes?" If that thought crosses your mind, I want you to take another look at those last few gifs. The villain explodes in a truly spectacular fashion, then the credits roll. I wish more movies ended this way.

Have any questions or comments about this piece?
Dr. Boogie


Reader Comments

Oct 31st, 2009, 04:03 PM
Best ending ever.
The Claw of Justice
Oct 31st, 2009, 07:53 PM
Ending the Halloween season with a BANG, eh?

Forum Virgin
Nov 2nd, 2009, 08:50 AM
Wow. It's movies like these that deserve credit for going all out with the deaths.
Strange blob from beyond
Nov 6th, 2009, 01:58 PM
one for doc mock?

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