The Turning Movie Ending Explained: Is This Movie Really that Bad?

The Turning Movie Ending Explained

Floria Sigismondi directs and Carey W. Hayes and Chad Hayes write the screenplay for Floria Sigismondi’s next American supernatural horror thriller The Turning.

Henry James’s 1898 ghost story, The Turn of the Screw, has been modernized for the screen. A young governess in 1994 is engaged to care for two children after their parents are slain.

It stars Mackenzie Davis, Finn Wolfhard, Brooklynn Prince, and Joely Richardson. Steven Spielberg started working on the picture in March 2016, describing it as a “passion project” because he wanted to return to making a horror films.

First as Haunted with Juan Carlos Fresnadillo attached as director, and then as The Turning with Sigismondi.

The Turning Movie Ending Explained

It was filmed in Killruddery House in County Wicklow, Ireland between February and April of last year.

The Turning premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival on January 23, 2020, and was released in the United States by Universal Pictures on January 24, 2020.

Critics were extremely unimpressed with the film’s performance at the box office, which earned just $19.4 million worldwide from a $14 million budget.

Plot Summary

The Turning Movie Ending Explained

Miss Jessel, a live-in tutor at the Fairchild Estate, is attacked by a ragged man as she exits the house in a panic.

Miss Jessel’s disappearance in 1994 necessitates Kate Mandell to become a governess for Flora Fairchild, who is seven years old at the time.

A visit to her mother, Darla, who is confined to a mental facility due to her paranoid tendencies, is a must before she departs.

Caretaker Mrs. Grose tells Kate that Flora’s parents died in a car accident and she is a “special case” at the Fairchild Estate.

However, Kate pledges to never leave Flora as Miss Jessel did, and Flora is relieved. Later on that night, Kate runs across Flora’s brother Miles, who has returned home after a year away.

That evening she gets a call from the administration informing her that Miles has been expelled from school for strangling another student the night before. When Miles and Flora start playing pranks on Kate, she gets more and angrier, lashing out at him.

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The Turning Movie Ending Explained

Miles recommends that he teach her how to ride a horse to make up for the loss of their prior riding instructor Quint, who recently died.

As she becomes more aware of weird events occurring at night, Kate begins to turn her lights on before going to sleep.

Flora and Mrs. Grose are surprised when she proposes they travel to town one day.

After Kate refuses to stop it, Flora throws a fit and runs out of the car. But despite his advice, Kate refuses to leave because of a pledge to Flora.

The gang has a game of tag in the house after they’ve reconciled. Kate is attacked by the spirit of Miss Jessel while searching for Miles.

In Miss Jessel’s journal, she discovers disturbing writings regarding Quint’s obsession with her and his photographing her in her sleep.

She must protect herself from these disturbing revelations. Quint died a few weeks after Miss Jessel’s departure when he fell from his horse while riding inebriated, according to Mrs. Grose.

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The Turning Movie Ending Explained

Kate is becoming more and more nervous as she continues to see the spirits of Quint and Miss Jessel all throughout the house.

When Kate’s mother sends her artwork, Mrs. Grose expresses her hope that Kate’s mother’s illness isn’t hereditary. The body of Miss Jessel is discovered in a pond on the grounds of the mansion by Kate.

After seeing Quint strangling and raping Miss Jessel, she tells Mrs. Grose about it as well. In Mrs. Grose, she is assured that Quint’s death was premeditated.

Quint’s ghost kills Mrs. Grose by pushing her over the stair railing. When Kate’s house is broken into, she and her children flee in her car.

After hearing Mrs. Grose’s words and seeing her mother’s artwork, Kate had a vision of the previous scene.

When she walks in on the children chatting about her, she becomes sure that she sees Quint’s ghost in the mirror, insisting that Flora saw him as well, despite her denials.

Miles accuses Kate of being insane when she accidentally destroys Flora’s doll. After that, they proceed to leave the room.

Kate imagines herself walking into her mother’s facility and approaching a figure; as the figure turns around, Kate screams.

There is no way to tell if Kate has seen her mother or if she is seeing a reflection of herself because the face of the figure is obscured.


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