Thoughts on the “Final Destination” movies

 

The Final Destination movies are fucking terrible. I just thought you all should know that. But just because they’re bad doesn’t mean they aren’t enjoyable. If you view death as entertainment-and if you’re a horror fan, I’m sure you do-then these are entertaining flicks. But hardly horror classics. Basically what we have in this series is the statement that we all want to see stupid kids die and we don’t really care how.

They’re just like any other slasher series except that they cut out the middle man. I guess creating some memorable horror icon is too hard these days. So let’s just blame it on Death itself. OoooOoOoOoOoOoh!

So you have the cool deaths and that’s about it. And that’s at least effective. The group of movies as a whole plays into our fears of absolute worst case scenarios: What if the plane crashes? What if you get trapped in a tanning bed? What if one of those suction things at the bottom of the pool sucks your intestines out through your butthole? Etc. etc. The 5th movie is out and the possibilities for the series are endless, especially without having that pesky killer character to work around.

The movies only exist for the deaths and between them you have to suffer mind-numbing stupidity, but of course you could argue the same for any Friday The 13th or Halloween flick, though at least those movies had an interesting killer. And an interesting story, for that matter. With each movie they added to the mythology which was interesting and warranted more movies. It was part of their charm and part of their ultimate undoing as well. They kept adding to the story until they imploded into themselves. Freddy Krueger turns out to have a long lost daughter and he got his power from dream demons. The drive behind Michael Myers’ evil is the Thorn cult. Jason Voorhees is some super ultimate demon that can posess people. I haven’t seen all the Saw movies but I’m sure there’s some stupid explanation behind all things Jigsaw.

The problem with the Final Destinations is that it is the same bullshit over and over and over.

1. Main character has a premonition of a terrible accident then saves a small group of people.

2. They find out that they messed with Death’s grand plan and death will be coming back for them one by one.

3. They try to find a way to escape the plan.

4. They think they have avoided death by the end.

5. They all die anyway.

6. *spoilers*

And that is every single fucking Final Destination movie.

My question is, why does the main character have a premonition anyway? What’s the deal there? It is never explained. Could it be that Death feels it’s out of practice and is just fucking with them, giving a select few a shot a life by letting them in on the initial plan, just to kill them in over-elaborate ways later? Death is just a dark shadow in these movies, I don’t know if it has a personality. Maybe if we had a Grim Reaper-looking villain off in the background cracking his knuckles and spouting off some one-liners the movies would have more of a distinct personality. EG, Final Destination 2: “SEE YA LADDER!”

And the motherfucking coroner. Talk about some fucking lazy writing. What is up with that guy? I love Tony Todd as much as the next guy but his presence is ridiculous. Some people have theorized that the coroner is actually death Himself and if you want to buy into that I guess that’s fine, but let’s face it, his real purpose is pure exposition. If it weren’t for his character in the first film no one would be there to explain Death’s grand scheme, laugh creepily, and leave the doomed kids to their business.

The sad thing is that the first Final Destination could have been a very good movie. There’s something interesting and insightful to be found in a movie like this where youth is tragically cut short, and death is unavoidable and unfair. Sure, they touch upon it a little bit here and there in the movies. For example in part 3 one kid causes a scene at a funeral, questioning why the hell someone like Osama Bin Laden could still be alive yet two innocent girls not even of 18 had to die. Okay, it’s a little dated but you get the sentiment. I’m not saying the movies need to be super deep or anything but they’re all just content with the concept and formula that they’ve set up with part one and do it over and over. The only thing that changes are the victims and the cool deaths.

Part 2 is probably the worst one. I know I complained how they don’t attempt to add to the story, but this one actually tried to connect the stories, and did so in a pathetically bad way. They bring a character back and it’s all pointless. Whoopty fucking doo.

By the time they hit the third movie it’s almost like they stopped giving a shit, which, as the series has established itself, is a good thing. The cheesier and stupider the better. The faster they rush through the exposition and get to the kills, the better. And hey, Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Reow.

The fourth one, titled Final Destination 4 (oops I mean THE Final Destination) is the cheesiest, which is why I kind of like it the best. It has a lot more humour, it’s light on the exposition, and the group of survivors pretty much treat looming death as a minor inconvenience. It’s so stupid and dumbed down that it ultimately works to its advantage. For example, you know that racist guy? Check the credits. He’s listed as “Racist guy.” Not even kidding. That just shows how much they don’t care, they can’t even give the characters names. There are also standout performances by brunette girl, douchey guy, and everyone’s favourite, black dude.

The Final Destination movies are stupid, but have some good deaths and are fun. At one point long ago, it could have had potential to be something more. But they made their decisions with how to take the concept and it is what it is. Cheap, dead teenager entertainment. Not particularly a bad thing but when it comes to the genre it is the bottom of the barrel. Either way you bet your ass I’ll be in line to see part 5.

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Happy Birthday, Max Von Sydow!

Max Von Sydow, Oscar-nominated actor most recognized as the older priest in The Exorcist, celebrates his 81st birthday today. I wish him all the best, and hope for many more birthdays to come. His next role will be in Ridley Scott’s upcoming Robin Hood film, so keep an eye out for that. Happy birthday, Max!

A Nightmare On Elm Street Series Review

Above is my review for all of the Nightmare On Elm Street films…it’s kind of long, it’s about 40 minutes long split into 5 parts. It’s you’re a fan of the Freddy movies or you just have a lot of time to kill, then definitely check it out.

If you don’t have the time, then for your consideration I have provided the JIST OF IT below:

A Nightmare On Elm Street: A great horror movie. Wes Craven’s masterpiece.

A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge: A turd. Not really worth seeing if you’re not a big fan. Skip it.

A  Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors: Really entertaining. A Perfect sequel.

A Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master: The plot is a little odd and complicated, but it’s still good fun. Worth checking out.

A Nightmare On Elm Street 5: The Dream Child: Even more complicated of a plot but this time not as entertaining. A big “meh” over all.

Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare: More of a comedy than a horror, also kind of “meh” but it is admittedly entertaining.

Wes Craven’s New Nightmare: A great horror film, in worthy company with the original 1984 film.

Freddy Vs. Jason: Stupid, but really, really fun. Enjoy it for what it is.

A Nightmare on Elm Street, coming soon

On April 30th, Freddy Krueger joins the remake club.

Yes, that’s right! In just ONE MONTH, the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street comes out. I never thought I’d see the day that I was actually looking forward to a remake, but I have to admit, I’m pretty excited about this one. There hasn’t been a Freddy movie in nearly a decade (2003’s Freddy Vs. Jason), and man, I am stoked.

I wonder if there’ll be a midnight screening. You know, where a bunch of fans get together, some even dressed up, and treat the movie like it’s a hockey game. Yeah, Robert Englund isn’t back as Freddy, but the legendary character survives and I have a feeling Jackie Earle Haley will do a great job filling his shoes.

I’m currently going through all the Nightmare on Elm Street movies on DVD, having a little bit of a marathon to tide myself over…and I’m hoping to put up a video review of them on Youtube. Everybody does those little video reviews on Youtube, and there are some good ones out there, but it’s just something I’ve never felt the need to do until now.

My hope is to do one long review of the entire series, but it may take a while. Fingers crossed I will have it ready in a week or so.  I’m writing up little bits on all the films so I actually have something prepared to say instead of just making it up on the spot. And I hate videos like that because it’s mostly just explaining the plot…explaining the plot…”um”…”um”…”uh”….”uh”….etc.

I’m in the middle of writing thoughts on part 5 so I should be ready soon. Stay tuned.

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