Hidden Murder Island (2023) Ending Explained: The mystery thriller genre is one of the most famous genres in popular culture. The genre may keep the audience glued to their seats, whether it is a detective pursuing a criminal and understanding the motivation for his wrongdoing or the protagonist attempting to investigate the awful events that occurred to him and unravel the fundamental reason. But there are terms and conditions applied. The film should have the necessary ingredients. A tight plot with interesting characters and intense emotional value should be there so the viewers get the sense of attachment that they give their full attention to stick out to the end of the film.  

The new American TV film Hidden Murder Island has all these necessary ingredients. Still, some bad acting and nonsensical directorial choices ruin the opportunity for it to become a successful and wholesome mystery thriller.

In this article, I will be talking about the film in detail. So, the readers are advised to go forward with it on their responsibility, as there will be spoilers to follow.

Hidden Murder Island (2023) Movie Synopsis and Plot Summary:

Fey Connolly, a resident of an island built by the Connolly family over three generations, is rescued by a new island resident named Curt. The news becomes a sensation and a symbol of solidarity for the people, but nothing could be more horrifying for Fey. Maddie, Fey’s best friend, committed suicide on this camping trip, leaving Fey stranded and acutely disturbed. She was found unconscious, and even after three months of rest and care, she cannot recall the exact events that occurred on the trip.

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Fey has recurring visions that often make her have panic attacks. All the visions are regarding the trip. In all her visions, she sees a red-sand beach, Fey madly looking out for Maddie, and an intense scream. She even has a button from Maddie’s jacket. How did she get the button? No one knows, not even Fey. Doctors advise Frank and Beth, Fey’s parents, to look into her amnesia more seriously and consider the possibility of Fey’s PTSD. Frank is hell-bent on keeping her precious daughter on his watch, never letting her out of sight again after the incident. Fey secretly resents this overly protective attitude but is torn between gratitude and rebellion.

Having dreams of leaving for New York one day to study at a good college, she waits for the approval of her application that she secretly sent a few months ago before the dreaded camping incident. Meanwhile, Frank takes Fey to a nearby college right on the island and tries to get Fey enrolled there. It doesn’t matter to Frank that there are no more seats left at the college. His pride in being a Connolly man makes him act as if he runs the entire island, whereas, in reality, the Connolly family is only a real estate giant. Frank inherited the wealth from his father. Embarrassed at Frank’s haughty behavior, Fey leaves and befriends a college student named Ali.

Feeling choked by the visions and with no one to take them seriously, she shares them with Ali. Apart from the visions that are distressing Fey, there’s a reason: the growing fights between Frank and Beth. The happy-looking, picture-perfect family hides many secrets. One is that Beth cheated on Frank long ago but returned and patched things up. Second, Beth now thinks that Frank is also betraying her with another woman to whom he has paid a hefty sum of ten thousand dollars as hush money.

While all this news is kept at a distance from Fey, her immediate trouble seems to be Curt, the young man who rescued her. Frank, grateful for saving his daughter, makes him a frequent visitor and dinner guest. Curt expresses his fondness for Fey and asks her out to dinner. As a friendly gesture, Fey agrees but clearly states upfront that she has no interest whatsoever in a romantic relationship. Curt’s persistence about the issue does give a bad impression about him.

With no motive popping up for Maddie’s suicide, even after three months, Fey decides to take matters into her own hands. She breaks into the college’s history club with Ali to steal Moriah Island’s map, hoping to find a clue to a beach with red sand. It all starts with that for Fey, but nobody knows of such a beach. Her little break results in her being caught and Frank disallowing her to ever meet with Ali.

Beth tries comforting Fey and accompanies her to look for the beach to cheer her up. This little attempt by Beth helps Fey as they accidentally stumble onto a red sand beach. Fey grows delirious seeing it and passes out. Beth brings her back home but sees a footprint on the desolate beach, implying a recent visitor. While Fey rests, Beth confides in Frank about the footprint and the beach, sensing that Fey’s visions now hold some truth. A disinterested Frank rejects this budding hypothesis and worries about the future fair, which would help the business stay afloat. He worries that with Fey in such a state, she won’t be able to come to the fair, damaging the image of the perfect family.

Fey, meanwhile, sneaks out of the house and contacts Maddie’s father, who was also the investigating officer on her case. Having found the beach, she finds a pretext to ask Maddie’s dad to restart the investigation into her possible murder. He seems disinterested at first, as Maddie’s body was found in the forest, not on the same beach, and had the gun in her hand, clearly implying a suicide.

Fey tries to convince him that even though she doesn’t fully remember what happened, she has Maddie’s button, which she would have pulled out of her jacket in the event of saving her from someone evil. Maddie’s father shows Fey the jacket Maddie last wore and finds no button removed from it. He grows suspicious and reopens the investigation as he considers the presence of a third man who killed Maddie and made it look like suicide.

Before somebody could discuss all this with Frank, Beth caught Frank with the lady he had paid ten thousand dollars to. Frank, totally cornered, explains that the lady is not some woman he is having a relationship with but that she is a loan shark with whom he is repaying the loan he took to keep the company running.

Feeling stressed by Frank’s secrets, Fey looks out for Ali, who seems to have disappeared. She reaches the beach, searches for Ali, and finds Curt there. It all comes back to her. The memory of Curt attacking her and Maddie returns, and she tries to run away from him. Curt tries to stop and choke her to death. But thanks to a wounded Ali, who attacks Curt, Fey survives to see another day.

Ali rescues Fey and takes her back to Connolly’s house. Beth and Frank are devastated to see Fey in that condition. Frank confirms with Ali whether it was Curt she saw. Still trusting Curt, who is only a new resident, Beth grows suspicious about Frank and Curt. She searches for Curt’s information about his past on the internet and finds that Curt is the son of the same loan shark that Frank was involved with. Before anybody can do anything, Curt breaks into the house and terrorizes Fey and Beth. Frank arrives just in time and kills Curt. Fey and Beth run away from Frank. In the end, Maddie’s father catches and arrests him.

Hidden Murder Island (2023) Movie Ending Explained:

Why did Frank order the Killing of Maddie?

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In the twisted tale of Hidden Murder Island, we know that Frank is the real mastermind of the misdeed. It is revealed that he ordered Curt to scare Maddie as he did not want his daughter, Fey, to have a relationship with a girl. Fey and Maddie plan to elope from the island as they feel trapped there. But Frank learns about their plan and realizes that he can’t let that happen to secure his image among the island dwellers. Frank is a well-respected man on the island, as his ancestors set up the community there. Plus, he plans to run for mayor in the upcoming election. So, the news of his daughter eloping with another girl would tarnish his image and possibly jeopardize his career. 

So, he asked Curt to scare Maddie and bring her daughter back to him. But Curt fell in love with Fey at first sight. Hence, he decided to kill Maddie. When Curt comes to tell this to Fey and Beth (Frank’s wife), Frank charges him and eventually kills him. Beth and Fey take this opportunity and run away from them. But Frank chases them and try to scare them to keep their mouth shut about this matter by beating them. At that moment, the sheriff comes down to the spot. He is also Maddie’s father. The man has already come to know about the lies and deceit of Frank. He arrests him and saves Fey and Beth from the demon behind the suffering and torment in their lives. 

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