10 Best “Feel Good” Horror Movies For Fans Who Love Happy Endings

When thinking about horror movies, "happy" isn't usually the first word to come to mind. However, there are plenty of classic horror films out there that manage to provide both terror and a satisfactory resolution.

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From summer blockbusters about killer sharks to horror icons finally beheading their terrorizer, the best horror movie endings make the audience feel like there's closure. The killer, whether they're beasts or men, is over and done with. The community is no longer consumed by fear and the viewer can drive home knowing their favorite character is fine. Of course, sequels can undo this, but even some installments in long-running franchises manage to hit the nail on the head.

Jaws, the ultimate movie to never be watched on a boat, may not end well for Quint, but it does end well for Amity. Chief Brody's explosive final bullet feels like it was guided by luck at least as much as aiming precision.

Furthermore, Hooper could have died as he did in the book. Richard Dreyfuss' more likable portrayal of the character instead escapes the shark cage and rises to the surface. Jaws goes from one happy moment to the next, then swiftly ends with the credits scrolling over the two men swimming home.

Along with possessing one of the best horror movie theme songs of all time, Tobe Hooper's Poltergeist also ends on an effective light note. The conclusion plays far more like one of producer Steven Spielberg's hopeful blockbusters than Hooper's The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, sending the audience away feeling good about the Freeling family's future.

When the life of a child is on the line, the stakes are at their peak. The fact that everyone could walk away from the haunted house alive is a miracle.

Along with being one of Scream Factory's best horror movies of the 1980sApril Fools Day also has the slasher subgenre's most joyful conclusion.

Taking place on an isolated island mansion, the movie really makes it seem like there's a killer roaming around and stalking the teens. In fact, the supposed killer, "Buffy," is fake. It's all been a prank by the teens' host, Muffy. No one has been killed and it's all a dress rehearsal for a potential horror-themed weekend resort.

Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday isn't necessarily a source of joy for Jason Voorhees fans, but it does contain an objectively happy ending. Technically, Jason is officially killed twice in Jason Goes to Hell. The first time comes when he has a run-in with a SWAT team. Had Jason not gained a body-swapping ability, this would be a happy ending.

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Instead, the audience has to wait for the third act for the film's title promise to come true. When it happens, Jason going to Hell is satisfying for the viewer and every family member of one of his victims.

The underseen Brainscan follows Edward Furlong's Michael Brower, a teen who lives a solitary life in his uninterested and absent father's empty mansion. Brower starts playing Brainscan, a game said to be an extremely realistic experience.

Things soon turn ugly as bodies pile up, including Brower's friend, Kyle. It could be Trickster, the bizarre and magical individual who keeps popping up in Brower's room. The police (including Frank Langella) believe it to be Brower himself. In the end, Trickster is an illusion of Brainscan and his manipulations to murder were much the same. Furthermore, not only is his friend alive, but Brower finally has the confidence to approach the girl he likes.

Anaconda carries around an undeservedly poor reputation that fails to recognize its sense of fun. It's a breezy movie with memorable characters played by a great cast.

In a certain frame of mind, Anaconda is a play on what worked in '50s horror films. It manages to be both a fun creature feature with solid kills (Mateo and Westridge) as well as a late '90s feel-good nostalgia piece. It also features a dual-layered happy ending. Not only do Terri Flores (Jennifer Lopez) and Danny Rich (Ice Cube) kill the anaconda and survive, they accomplish their initial mission, as well. While returning home, they discover the Shirishama tribe, all of whom they thought to be lost.

If David Gordon Green's Halloween Ends kills off Michael Myers for good, it won't be the first time. There have been other attempts before financial pressure proved too much.

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He was blinded and burned to death at the end of Halloween II (1981). Then, in Halloween H20: 20 Years Later, Laurie Strode cut his head off. The core Halloween franchise survived for one more poorly-received installment, but the end of H20 feels like a satisfying conclusion. Evil has been extinguished and a beloved character has achieved closure.

Stir of Echoes was an underrated late '90s thriller starring the always-great Kevin Bacon. It was overshadowed by another ghostly movie with a happy ending, but Echoes has one all its own.

The plot concerns Bacon's Tom Witzky, a phone lineman with the ability to communicate with the dead. He's unofficially investigating the disappearance of Samantha Kozac, a young woman from the same neighborhood. It's revealed that two male peers assaulted and murdered her, then informed their parents, who covered it up. However, one of the teen's parents saves Witzky and his family by shooting the other boy and his father. This allows the spirit of Kozac to smile and peacefully walk off.

While Haley Joel Osment gives one of the best child actor performances in horror movies as Cole Sear, it's Bruce Willis's character that really brings a tear to the eye.

Dr. Malcolm Crowe is a sweet, compassionate man who clearly has Sear's best interest at heart. However, he's also a walking corpse. Dr. Crowe being dead isn't a happy ending, but his ability to turn death into an altruistic avenue absolutely is. The Sixth Sense is about two people working together to find closure.

Putting 3 from Hell aside, the ending to The Devil's Rejects is a gut punch that makes the horrid series of witnessed events go down better. The three surviving members of the Firefly family (Baby, Captain Spaulding, and Otis Driftwood) commit many atrocious acts throughout the film, and it can make for an unsettling experience.

Then, in the end, justice wins. The three are flying down the road in a 1972 Cadillac Eldorado. Up ahead is a barricade lined with armed officers. With "Free Bird" by Lynyrd Skynyrd blasting on the radio, the Cadillac soars towards the barricade. It, along with the three evil occupants, is then riddled with bullets. There's a level of peace instilled in the audience knowing three sadistic murderers are no longer on the streets, especially given the realism in the Rob Zombie movies.

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