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Have you ever seen a movie where you just wished they would have let the bad guys win?

Have you ever seen a movie where you just wished they would have let the bad guys win? — Ali Varallo

My dirty secret is that I almost always wish the bad guy would win. Well, okay, I'm glad E.T. gets to go home. But I'm always more excited by movies that don't end tied up with a pretty bow of happiness — like A History of Violence — because, I guess, the tension of the unresolved is so common an experience in life, but so rare on screen. (I'm also a fan of movies where guys get away with murder, literally, as they do in Match Point and The Talented Mr. Ripley.) Back when Fatal Attraction came out, the ending was redone because audiences didn't think the bad guy (or in this case, the crazy stalker home-wrecker woman, played by Glenn Close) was punished enough for her craziness and home-wrecking. But what if she had triumphed, horribly, over the terrorized, temporarily straying, tediously good husband played by Michael Douglas? Wouldn't that be something dangerous — and awesome?

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Originally posted Mar 02, 2007 Published in issue #924 Mar 09, 2007 Order article reprints