Now I’ve watched all the Final Destination films, here are my final thoughts.
I was initially drawn to the franchise due to the interesting concept. In too many horror films the villain is something solid and escapable whereas here you’ll get caught eventually no matter what.
What started out as an interesting concept quickly became trite and predictable and the characters even more disposable. It became about how killable the characters were rather than anything else tangible which is probably the point. It seems like the only thing that changed was the vehicle used and that could have gone on forever if given enough momentum.
It’s a very realist scope – you can’t cheat death. It also feels like the sort of cheapy horror film watched at a sleepover where you’re all too keen to tell each other stories about the things that go bump in the night.
While there certainly were some tense moments in the films, it soon became apparent that anything no matter how innocuous is a weapon.
The acting was mostly unremarkable and got decidedly wooden near the end of the film series. However, Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs The World) as Wendy in Final Destination 3 did her best with a somewhat lacklustre script while the star of it all in my opinion was William Bludworth (Tony Todd), who was a mortician. He had buckets of slow burning charisma and character presence to make the films worthwhile. It’s also inspired me to watch the Candyman films because he’s in them too.
What I liked at the end of the film series was how they established the linkage between all the films in a clever twist. Therein I don’t think the films need another film or even a reboot as the concept is trite and the finale is satisfying. Film audiences aren’t easily satisfied and I think these days they would expect more from their horror films than death by seemingly innocuous objects or moving vehicles.
All in all, I’d rate this film *** / ***** .