Mental Floss hat sechs alternative Film-Schlüsse rausgekramt, einer depremierender als der andere. Ash landet am Ende von „Army of Darkness“ in einer pastapokalyptischen Welt, Rambo stirbt und im obigen Ende von Clerks wird Dante erschossen.
The alternate ending to Kevin Smith’s breakthrough film turned a lighthearted vulgar comedy into a dark tragedy of Ingmar Bergman-ish proportions. Dante begins to close up shop when one final customer walks in, whips out a gun, and shoots him point blank in the chest. The man loots the cash register and leaves Dante to bleed to death on the store’s cold, unforgiving floor. Fans of the film have analyzed this new ending to its furthest end, speculating that it mirrors Dante’s view of life based on his love of The Empire Strikes Back because it has a better, downer ending. Randall unplugging the store’s security camera earlier in the film also implies that the killer will never be caught, furthering Dante’s belief that life is meaningless and “a
series of down endings.” Smith admitted that he killed off Dante in the original script because he didn’t know how to end a film.