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20 Horror Movies Where Almost Everyone Survives

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Horror movies get their shock value from a high body count, right? The characters get killed off one by one, until there's just one survivor left — often, this is the "Final Girl." But actually, that's often not true. Here are 20 horror movies where most, or all, of the sympathetic characters survive.

Warning: Major spoilers for the endings of 20 old horror movies (and two slightly more recent ones) below.

Seriously, the whole point of this exercise is to spoil the endings of a bunch of movies. If you don't want to read spoilers, stop reading now. Final warning!


Okay then.

1. The Exorcist

True, the two priests die, but Regan and her mother make it through alive.


2. The Amityville Horror

This movie ends with an iconic title card that proclaims "Today, the Lutzes live in another state." So the worst thing that happened to them was they had to leave Long Island.


3. Poltergeist

The entire Freeling family survives despite the best efforts of the Cuesta Verde haunts.


4. Child's Play

Andy (Chucky's first owner) and his mother Karen manage to rid themselves of the doll and keep themselves relatively intact.


5. Near Dark

Caleb, the cowboy protagonist, and his family make it. Even Mae, the young vampire woman he falls in love with, lives and is cured of her vampirism via a blood transfusion.


6. The Lost Boys

All the sympathetic characters — Grandpa, the Emersons, the Frog brothers — make it through.


7. Bram Stoker's Dracula

Jonathan and Mina Harker, Doctor Van Helsing, Seward and Holmwood all survive. Of the sympathetic characters, only Quincey Morris and Lucy Westenra die.


8. The Entity

Carla, the protagonist, and her family are all physically intact in the end.


9. Jaws

With the notable exception of Quint, all the important characters are alive at the end.


10. Fright Night

Charley Brewster, his girlfriend Amy, and his beloved horror marathon host Peter Vincent all survive. His friend "Evil" Ed Thompson does, however, become a vampire.


11. Rosemary's Baby

All the principal characters are alive in the end. The only deaths are of Rosemary's friend Hutch, and Terry, a woman 'rescued' by the Castavets.


12. Deliver Us From Evil

Sarchie, his family, and his exorcist friend all live. Even the leader of the squad of possessed Marines makes it, the demon expelled from his body. Only Sarchie's partner Butler gets it.


13. Attack the Block

Most of the relatively/entirely benevolent characters - Samantha, Brewis, Ron, Pest, Moses - survive the alien assault.


14. The Birds

Melanie and the Brenners are still alive at the end of the movie.


15. Tremors

Nearly all the principals survive, including protagonists Val and Earl, and seismology student Rhonda.


16. The Haunting (1963)

Other than Eleanor Lance, everyone lives.


17. Joy Ride (2001)

All the main characters survive.


18. Shaun of the Dead

This one is slightly more questionable. Shaun, his girlfriend Liz, and his friend Yvonne all make it. His best friend Ed becomes a zombie but enjoys a relaxing post-apocalyptic fate, playing videogames in Shaun's shed. But Shaun's mum and stepfather do die, along with Liz's flatmate Dianne's boyfriend. (And Shaun's annoying flatmate Pete, a minor character, also eats it.)


19. 28 Days Later

Depends on which ending you go with. But the theatrical ending shows the three main characters alive on a beach, getting rescued. Only the dad is dead.


20. The Conjuring

Thanks to the efforts of Ed and Lorraine Warren, the nice family who just happened to move into a house that was already occupied by a demon get off pretty much scot-free.