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Two endings were originally shot. This version was how the film was originally scripted to end.
To me this ending was a little more cathartic. Donner's frustration with failing technology has boiled over and he explodes with rage. Damning himself to the Valley... alone.
Keep in mind this was a student film. The alternate "Happy" ending was a part of a deal; Come up with at least 2 endings (offering students more choices in the editing room) received another roll of 35mm film.
Edited in FCP and After Effects.