The Strange Thing About the Johnsons | 2011

Directed by: Ari Aster

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Main Plot

"The Strange Thing About the Johnsons" is a short film directed by Ari Aster that explores a disturbing and taboo subject matter within a seemingly perfect family. The film delves into the complex dynamics and dark secrets that unravel as the story progresses.


  • Billy Mayo is a family friend who becomes entangled in a disturbing secret involving the Johnson family.
  • Brandon Greenhouse is a disturbed teenager who plays a pivotal role in the disturbing family dynamics of the film.
  • Angela Bullock is a supporting character in the film, who is a close friend of the Johnson family.

Ending Explained

In the controversial short film "The Strange Thing About the Johnsons," the shocking truth behind the seemingly perfect Johnson family is unveiled. It is revealed that the father, Sidney, has been sexually abusing his son, Isaiah, for years. After Isaiah confronts his father, the family's facade crumbles, leading to a violent confrontation between Sidney and his wife, Joan. In the end, Isaiah gains the upper hand and ultimately kills his father. The film concludes with Isaiah standing over his father's lifeless body, as the disturbing reality of their twisted family dynamic is exposed.

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Ari Aster Billy Mayo Brandon Greenhouse Angela Bullock