Live Poll: Diabolus Ex Machina

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The 'negative' counterpart to the more famous Deus ex Machina, the expression refers to last-minute intrusions of objects, events, characters, powers or other plot 'contrivances' causing a shocking yet memorable downer ending.

Which of these Diaboli Ex Machina surprised you the most (in a shocking, sad or even pleasant) way?

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wow sdk...great list...full of surprises and memories itself...

chinatown...serenity...great choices...

night of the living dead...on her majesty's secret service...brilliant inclusions...

one not here that i sadly remember...'ring of bright water'...

it was a disney picture about a boy and his otter...lovely...until the very end when, on the shoreline, someone smashes the little otter's brains out...and the credits rolled...

most kids in the theatre were crying their eyes out...i was just screaming at the screen...i was so pissed...(i was a rebellious lad...)...

but i have to forget it jake...it's chinatown...
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FYC:
American History X (1998)
Fallen (1998)
The Mist (2007)
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Good call, I hesitated for AHX but it's true it was quite an 'overreaction', like for Chinatown, it's not exactly the shootout but that the last bullet fired shot her exactly in the eye, the cop couldn't have done it even if he wanted to.
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My vote: Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

FYC: Planet of the Apes (1968), even though that ending doesn't come as a shocker to anyone anymore.
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I'm not sure this one works, to be honest, because the final shot answers many plot points and doesn't feel contrived, not retrospectively anyway. I have no problem adding it, but then how about the ending of Se7en or Psycho. In my opinion, once an ending starts to make sense in terms of narrative, it ceases to be a 'Diabolus ex Machina'. 
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Fair enough. My personal understanding of Diabolus Ex Machinas isn't really refined, so I'll take your word for it.

I don't know if Soylent Green counts, but that'll be an FYC too just in case. There's also the Midnight Meat Train, but you might want to stick to good movies lol.
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