Amazon Horror Film’s ‘Provocative’ Ending Explained by Actors and Director
Horror movies are made to surprise, frighten and terrify. While The manor, the fourth film of the second season of Amazon Welcome to the Blumhouse, isn’t as scary as other examples of the genre, the ending certainly leaves viewers with some important questions.
The manor stars Barbara Hershey as Judith, a former dancer who, after having a stroke, feels she has to take the burden off her family by moving into a nursing home, where she can be taken care of.
However, she soon begins to feel something strange crawling in the shadows and only has her grandson, Josh (played by Nicholas Alexander) to confide in.
But while the sense of impending doom catches up with the viewer as the film progresses, the ending is perhaps the most unexpected part of the film.
News week spoke to star and writer / director Axelle Carolyn about that ending and how it came about.
WARNING: Major spoilers for The manor before.
What is the end of The manor Mean?
The end of The manor saw Judith and Josh uncover what haunted them at night, and it turns out it’s not an entirely unknown presence.
However, upon finding out the real culprits, Judith does not react in the way many might have expected. According to Carolyn, this was an example of her “rebellious” streak against aging.
The writer / director said the ending was “a big fuck” for those who treat Judith like an invalid, and a show of strength from a woman who fears what the ending might bring.
Carolyn said News week: “I really hope that this starts a little debate, besides that people will wonder if they would make the same choice. But to me, it seemed to me coherent with the character.
“She’s rebellious, she behaves a bit like a teenage girl. Sometimes she doesn’t like people telling her what to do. She won’t do something just because she’s been told to do it. And she doesn’t. ‘likes anything associated with old age, and she doesn’t like having her agency taken away.
“And there’s a lot about it that’s kind of just… I feel like this ending is a big fuck for the way it’s been treated all along.”
For Carolyn, Judith’s decision also resonated with her, saying that she might consider the same if given the chance.
For Barbara Hershey, the ending came as a surprise on first reading and became a topic of deep conversation on set between her and the director.
Initially, those conversations focused on this idea of consistency within the character and whether the honorable choice is always the right one.
Hershey said: “I had to tell Axelle a bit about it because I think it suggests things that I’m not sure I believe in, but I think they’re interesting.
“The truth is, you don’t know how you’re going to react, like something in life is happening to you, or you’re faced with the choice she has right now. I’d like to think about it. that I would make him make the right honorable choice, whatever it was, but who knows? Who knows what you would actually do. So I was open to that.
“And I was open to, you know, the whole question mark, that that would leave it up to the public to ask, you know, would you do that?… And it’s provocative and satisfying in a weird way. “
What exactly happened at the end of The manor?
At the end of The manor, Judith and Josh discover that various people working in the retirement home are related to three of the residents: Roland (Bruce Davison), Trish (Jill Larson) and Ruth (Fran Bennett.)
They head to Roland’s bedroom and find him climbing the building, realizing he’s the creepy ghoul that stands above their beds at night.
The couple follow him and, to their horror, discover that he is one of three witches who prey on the residents of the nursing home to keep their youth.
Judith and Josh manage to kill Roland, and as they decide to end the terror, Trish and Ruth try to convince them to join the group.
After spending months scared of getting old and wanting to dance again, Judith and Josh accept their offer and continue the cycle of death that plagues the house, only for their own benefit.
The film ends with Judith dancing in the moonlight at witch hour, once again a young woman.
Welcome to Blumhouse: Le Manoir is available to stream on Amazon Prime now.