"We didn’t have any money, so we couldn’t do any special effects so we had to figure out how to end it without ruining the rest of the film," Sanchez added. "We came up with the idea three days before we shot it. We thought it was great — kind of unexplained, but it gave you the idea that something supernatural was happening."
After Artisan picked up the film at Sundance, test screenings turned up one clear response. The ending was scary as hell, but it was also totally confusing. "When we screened it, people were overwhelmingly confused," Myrick said. "However, when asked if they were scared, 19 out of 20 hands went up." Something had to change.
"We went back to that house with a skeleton crew and basically just shot all the endings that Ed and I threw out when we were dreaming up the script," Myrick said. Some of those endings included Michael "hanging from a noose, crucified on a wooden stick man, and with a bloodied chest."