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8 Movies That Had Fake-Out Credits Before They Actually Ended

The Simpsons has always been creative in its storytelling, not just in the stories it tells but in the way it tells them. The Simpsons Movie continued this tradition, and after what was looking to be a cliffhanger when Homer falls down a hill a floats away on a slab of ice, it cuts to black and says, “To be continued…”

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But the phrase is followed a couple of seconds later with “immediately.” It isn’t the first time the franchise has had fun playing with end credits, as the show recently mocked post-credits scenes in superhero movies. But that’s like the pot calling the kettle black, as The Simpsons Movie has a post-credits scene of its own.

Vice (2018)

Vice follows former Vice President Dick Cheney and the influence he had over George W. Bush, and it perfectly mixes the questionable decisions Cheney made with satire. The fake-out credits in Vice come about two-thirds of the way into the movie when all is well in Cheney’s life. He had left politics behind and was enjoying life at his lakeside house with his healthy family.

At that point, it could be said that Cheney lived happily ever after, and that’s exactly when the credits roll. Vice is one of director Adam McKay’s best movies because it perfectly represents both sides of his filmmaking style: the political statements and the cheeky comedy. And the fake-out credits are the best example of exactly that.

The LEGO Movie 2 (2019)

Though The LEGO Movie 2 is basically just an ad, it’s a truly inventive animated movie, and it gets particularly creative two-thirds of the way in. The fake ending is surprisingly depressing for such a positive and uplifting kids’ movie, and it’s almost as if Toy Story 3 ended when the toys were holding hands and about to get incinerated. It wouldn’t be surprising if the dark joke was even inspired by the Pixar movie’s final act.

There’s no doubt that when the lid was closed on the box of LEGO with them all looking upset and then cutting to “The End” had a few viewers in tears. And it does a rather good job at making audiences believe it actually is the end with its orchestral music and fade to black.

Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)

While it isn’t exactly a fake-out credit roll, Gremlins 2: The New Batch does use an inventive technique that makes audiences think the movie is over. And if viewers were watching it in a theatre when it was first released 32 years ago, they’d have thought that the projector in the movie theatre had malfunctioned.

In the 1990 horror-comedy, gremlins take over an entire building, and in the midst of all the chaos and terror, the film seemingly shuts off. But it turns out that it’s really the Gremlins playing with the film reels inside the building’s movie theatre. And what follows is a hilarious cameo from Hulk Hogan holding a bucket of popcorn and getting angry at the slimy green creatures.

Man On The Moon (1999)

Man on the Moon is a biopic about the comedian and performance artist Andy Kaufman and one of the best Jim Carrey movies, and, interestingly, there are fake-out credits almost as soon as the film starts. But it’s hard to call it a fake-out, as the credits couldn’t have possibly been trying to make audiences believe that the movie was ending.

However, it still acts as if the film is over, as Andy explains that he thought the contents of the movie were too exaggerated for dramatic purposes, so he decided to cut it all out, which is when the credits roll. But it wouldn’t be out of character for the real-life Kaufman to make a movie that was made up of only end credits.

Seven Psychopaths (2012)

There are all sorts of surreal stuff going on in Seven Psychopaths, but in the middle of it all is Marty, a Hollywood screenwriter with writer’s block who is trying to come up with new ideas throughout the film. At the end of the movie, Marty finally finished the script, which is based on everything that happened to him over the course of the movie, happy music plays, and the credits roll.

However, it cuts back, and Marty gets a call from Zachariah, who promises to kill him. In fairness, the fake-out credits are as close to the end as possible, and while it isn’t technically a post-credits scene, Marty’s phone call with Zachariah certainly feels like one.

Everything Everywhere All At Once (2022)

Everything Everywhere All at Once is one of the buzziest movies of 2022, and many believe it has a better take on multiverses than Marvel. And with it being a universe-spanning and completely surreal movie, it’s full of cinematic tricks. Two-thirds of the way into the movie after a completely tragic event, the credits start to roll.

However, the movie comes back to life, and it just so happens that it was one of the unique touches of another universe. The movie’s fake-out credits had many viewers convinced, as it lasts for 20 seconds before it finally cuts back. And because it’s in a different universe, the fake-out credits aren’t just a cheap trick and they work in the context of the movie too.

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water (2015)

The whole of The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water is narrated by the pirate Burger Beard, as he’s reading the story from the Reality-Writing Book, and he narrates it colorfully to his gang of seagulls on his ship. But Beard concludes his story with the apocalypse hitting Bikini Bottom, everything setting on fire, and everyone becoming savages.

Bikini Bottom is then animated in its apocalyptic form as if it’s drawn in a book and the credits roll with the cast’s names appearing. Luckily there’s still a whole hour to go and the seagulls demand that Beard rewrites the ending, to which he reluctantly agrees.


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8 Movies That Had Fake-Out Credits Before They Actually Ended

The Simpsons has always been creative in its storytelling, not just in the stories it tells but in the way it tells them. The Simpsons Movie continued this tradition, and after what was looking to be a cliffhanger when Homer falls down a hill a floats away on a slab of ice, it cuts to black and says, “To be continued…”
SCREENRANT VIDEO OF THE DAY
But the phrase is followed a couple of seconds later with “immediately.” It isn’t the first time the franchise has had fun playing with end credits, as the show recently mocked post-credits scenes in superhero movies. But that’s like the pot calling the kettle black, as The Simpsons Movie has a post-credits scene of its own.
Vice (2018)

Vice follows former Vice President Dick Cheney and the influence he had over George W. Bush, and it perfectly mixes the questionable decisions Cheney made with satire. The fake-out credits in Vice come about two-thirds of the way into the movie when all is well in Cheney’s life. He had left politics behind and was enjoying life at his lakeside house with his healthy family.

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At that point, it could be said that Cheney lived happily ever after, and that’s exactly when the credits roll. Vice is one of director Adam McKay’s best movies because it perfectly represents both sides of his filmmaking style: the political statements and the cheeky comedy. And the fake-out credits are the best example of exactly that.
The LEGO Movie 2 (2019)

Though The LEGO Movie 2 is basically just an ad, it’s a truly inventive animated movie, and it gets particularly creative two-thirds of the way in. The fake ending is surprisingly depressing for such a positive and uplifting kids’ movie, and it’s almost as if Toy Story 3 ended when the toys were holding hands and about to get incinerated. It wouldn’t be surprising if the dark joke was even inspired by the Pixar movie’s final act.

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There’s no doubt that when the lid was closed on the box of LEGO with them all looking upset and then cutting to “The End” had a few viewers in tears. And it does a rather good job at making audiences believe it actually is the end with its orchestral music and fade to black.
Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)

While it isn’t exactly a fake-out credit roll, Gremlins 2: The New Batch does use an inventive technique that makes audiences think the movie is over. And if viewers were watching it in a theatre when it was first released 32 years ago, they’d have thought that the projector in the movie theatre had malfunctioned.

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In the 1990 horror-comedy, gremlins take over an entire building, and in the midst of all the chaos and terror, the film seemingly shuts off. But it turns out that it’s really the Gremlins playing with the film reels inside the building’s movie theatre. And what follows is a hilarious cameo from Hulk Hogan holding a bucket of popcorn and getting angry at the slimy green creatures.
Man On The Moon (1999)

Man on the Moon is a biopic about the comedian and performance artist Andy Kaufman and one of the best Jim Carrey movies, and, interestingly, there are fake-out credits almost as soon as the film starts. But it’s hard to call it a fake-out, as the credits couldn’t have possibly been trying to make audiences believe that the movie was ending.

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However, it still acts as if the film is over, as Andy explains that he thought the contents of the movie were too exaggerated for dramatic purposes, so he decided to cut it all out, which is when the credits roll. But it wouldn’t be out of character for the real-life Kaufman to make a movie that was made up of only end credits.
Seven Psychopaths (2012)

There are all sorts of surreal stuff going on in Seven Psychopaths, but in the middle of it all is Marty, a Hollywood screenwriter with writer’s block who is trying to come up with new ideas throughout the film. At the end of the movie, Marty finally finished the script, which is based on everything that happened to him over the course of the movie, happy music plays, and the credits roll.
However, it cuts back, and Marty gets a call from Zachariah, who promises to kill him. In fairness, the fake-out credits are as close to the end as possible, and while it isn’t technically a post-credits scene, Marty’s phone call with Zachariah certainly feels like one.

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Everything Everywhere All At Once (2022)

Everything Everywhere All at Once is one of the buzziest movies of 2022, and many believe it has a better take on multiverses than Marvel. And with it being a universe-spanning and completely surreal movie, it’s full of cinematic tricks. Two-thirds of the way into the movie after a completely tragic event, the credits start to roll.
However, the movie comes back to life, and it just so happens that it was one of the unique touches of another universe. The movie’s fake-out credits had many viewers convinced, as it lasts for 20 seconds before it finally cuts back. And because it’s in a different universe, the fake-out credits aren’t just a cheap trick and they work in the context of the movie too.
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water (2015)

The whole of The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water is narrated by the pirate Burger Beard, as he’s reading the story from the Reality-Writing Book, and he narrates it colorfully to his gang of seagulls on his ship. But Beard concludes his story with the apocalypse hitting Bikini Bottom, everything setting on fire, and everyone becoming savages.

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Bikini Bottom is then animated in its apocalyptic form as if it’s drawn in a book and the credits roll with the cast’s names appearing. Luckily there’s still a whole hour to go and the seagulls demand that Beard rewrites the ending, to which he reluctantly agrees.

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