nobody movie_8 Horror Movies Ruined By Last-Minute Changes

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I’m sure by now you’ve seen many lists of movies that have been fixed by last-minute edits, or ones that have been given a whole new meaning and vibrancy by a last-minute ingenious addition. We love a good heroic tale, a story that brings something up to date when no one was expecting it – it’s uplifting!

Unfortunately, as is the case in both life and the film industry, most changes are not made for the best. What is best for a film’s commercial prospects is not often (quite rarely) best for its cinematic and cultural value. Studios know what works, what makes a great trailer moment, which actors and directors get audiences excited when they buy tickets, and they’ll stick to it like glue.

Horror movies get blamed more for being insane than most, but they’re not immune to interference, and that happens more often than you’d think.

One redeeming thing that makes us feel a little better is when cynical studio execs get their compensation and lose the big bucks for forcing last-minute money-conscious changes on films. We all love an underdog, but we love it even more when the Big Wigs fail.

I Am Legend is a fairly famous example of how filmmakers shouldn’t always trust test audiences. Sure, test screenings are useful for gauge opinions on many aspects of your film, but you have to draw a line somewhere.

I Am Legend is based on a book by Richard Matheson that showcases his innovative hybrid zombie-vampire-type monsters. In fact, the book was so inspiring that it has spawned four well-known films, from The Last Man On Earth to Night Of The Living Dead.

The novel has a suitably thought-provoking ending, in which the surviving protagonist discovers that the monsters are the new evolution of the human race. They are sentient like him, with thoughts and feelings, and they hate him for slaughtering their kind. He now realizes that he is a relic of the past, the unevolved and the world has outgrown him.

Breathtaking, isn’t it? Well, instead of sticking with it, test audiences said they’d rather have something easy to swallow. The original ending was thrown away and replaced with the “Will Smith makes a cure and then sacrifices himself” schtick, which is completely meaningless and predictable.

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