Today I’ll be explaining the ending of No One Gets Out Alive, or at least attempting to.
To be honest, No One Gets Out Alive has a pretty straight forward ending. There is a slight twist but it is more of a wink to the audience than a crucial plot point.
I probably don’t need to say this but this article will contain spoilers. I assume you are reading this after watching the movie and slapping “No One Gets Out Alive Ending Explained” into Google but it is still worth me mentioning.
If you haven’t checked out our review of No One Gets Out Alive, you can do so at the link. See whether my view matches up with your own and grumble under your breath about how much of a dunce I am if it doesn’t.
No One Gets Out Alive Ending
So during the events of No One Gets Out Alive, we see Red gathering up victims for his brother to sacrifice to a box or, more specifically, a monster inside of a box.
The box apparently has an ability to heal ailments for the person who brings sacrifices to it and, in turn, said person becomes obsessed with the box. Makes sense, there is a mutually beneficial relationship between the box and the person who feeds the box. The box heals the person, the person becomes obsessed and so they do whatever they can to please the box, in this case, bringing human victims to the box.
If we recall, earlier in the movie Red alludes to the fact that his brother is sick and, due to his brother protecting him as a child, it’s Red’s turn to repay the favour. We can interpret this in one of two ways. Either he is sick mentally and hurting women, or he is physically sick and he needs to sacrifice women to the box to keep himself alive and healthy. I think the latter is the likely explanation, Becker is ill and the box is healing him due to the sacrifices he is making to the box.
Red’s way of repaying the favour to Becker is to help him find sacrifices for the box. Red rents out rooms at the converted house to young, single, transient girls and the girls are, in turn, taken to the basement, tied to a table, and seemingly consumed by the monster in the box.
As long as Becker sacrifices women to the box he will stay well. It’s made apparent from the various apparitions that Ambar encounters that he has sacrificed a lot of women over the years.
Ambar Fights Back
Everything that happens during the final scenes of No One Gets Out Alive is pretty self explanatory. I will point out, however, for anyone who was confused; the scene of Ambar’s uncle rescuing her was a fantasy and did not actually happen. The uncle was dead on the stairs the whole time.
The brothers attempt to sacrifice Ambar to the box, along with a couple of other girls, Ambar manages to escape, knocks Red unconscious and kills Becker. In the process of doing this, Ambar has her leg snapped.
Ambar takes Red to the basement and straps him to the table next to the box. I suppose we have to ignore for a minute the fact that an average sized woman would have a hard time dragging around a full grown man if they had two functioning legs, let alone one that was snapped at the ankle. The monster comes out of the box and consumes Red’s head.
This is where the twist comes in. As Ambar is walking away, about to leave the house, her leg suddenly heals. She turns around and apparently chooses not to leave the house.
A New Obsession
It is pretty clear from this ending that the monster in the box has now chosen Ambar as the next person to bring sacrifices to it. Ambar is healed, as is one of the benefits of the box, and she immediately becomes obsessed with it. This indicates that the likely conclusion is that Ambar will now bring new victims to the box and continue the cycle.
Does this set up a sequel? Probably not, it just seems like a little wink to the audience. Horror movies like to be a little cheesy and this seems to be the case here.
A Few Questions
There’s obviously a few questions left here. Why didn’t the box heal Becker would be a good place to start? Sure Ambar messed him up but the box can unbreak a leg so why not unsmash a skull? Actually, maybe that would be too much to ask.
Another good question would be why were all the victims female? The monster happily consumes Red at the end. It will clearly take victims of any kind. So why only women?
Well, you could suggest that young women would make easier targets than full grown men. I don’t think it is this, however. I would actually suggest the creators thought it would be easier to present women as victims and as disposable with the added bonus that violence against women resonates more. This isn’t a positive thing. No One Gets Out Alive indulges in its violence towards women, I doubt there is a message there, it’s just an unfortunate way that some movies like to present things.
The scene with Petra being thrown off the staircase, for example, was gratuitous and needless. The only non-antagonist male killed in the movie is killed off screen with no graphic violence. There may be nothing behind this but when you line these things up together it isn’t a good look. It’s also worth noting that said male was not fed to the monster for whatever reason? I guess they have to be alive.
Yes, I get it, this is a horror and it is kind of senseless to complain but when a movie presents things in this way it starts to look a little strange. Especially when the female protagonist essentially becomes a villain in the final scene.
When all is said and done, this was a basic, by the numbers horror movie with a basic, by the numbers ending. Ambar escaped from the basement, killed Becker, knocked Red unconscious, dragged him to the basement, fed him to the monster in the box and, in turn, was healed by, and became obsessed with, the box. Ambar will now bring sacrifices to the box either setting up a sequel or just winking to the audience. Thanks for reading.