Tagline: Most people have dreams. For Alex, this is real.
Originally conceived as a potential episode of The X-Files, before being redeveloped and expanded into a feature-film, Final Destination is an explosive horror which is equal parts slasher and disaster movie. The film follows the story of a group of high school students who cheat death, only to find the grim reaper coming back for them at a later date.
In the film, a bunch of teens and their teachers board a plane in the US, with the intention of travelling to Paris. However, as everyone is taking their seats, one of the teens, Alex Browning, has a premonition that the plane is set to explode during take-off.
Freaking out over what he saw in his dream, Alex causes a scene and is promptly thrown off the flight along with a few of his classmates and one of his teachers. Moments later, the plane jets off without them, only to explode in the air.
Did Alex really just cheat death and if so, was this a one-time occurrence? This is something he quickly discovers the answer to, when a series of strange incidents take place, all targeting the survivors of the plane accident.
Over the course of the movie, Alex and his friends find themselves up against a bizarre collection of incidents which get more spectacular as they progress. These accidents become show-stopping moments, and fill Final Destination with huge scenes of spectacle not to be missed.
Due to the innovative premise, as well as the stunt work in Final Destination, the film would go on to spawn a collection of sequels, most of which are highly enjoyable (and highly recommended). But it is in this very first entry, when all of the death scenes and stunts are still fresh, that Final Destination really wows its audience and cements itself as a titan of horror.
Bludworth – “In death there are no accidents, no coincidences, no mishaps, and no escapes.”
Cast and crew
Final Destination is directed by James Wong, with Warren Zide, Craig Perry, and Glen Morgan as producers. The movie is based on a story by Jeffrey Reddick, with Reddick involved in the screenplay alongside Glen Morgan and James Wong.
The music for the film was composed by Shirley Walker, while the cast includes Devon Sawa, Ali Larter, Kerr Smith, Kristen Cloke, Daniel Roebuck, Seann William Scott, Tony Todd, and Brendan Fehr.
Thank you for stopping by It’s A Stampede! to read this spotlight post focusing on a must-see horror movie. This ‘spotlight’ on Final Destination is part of a series of eight posts looking at superb horror movies and docu-films which you may or may not have seen.
Other posts in this series include: Child’s Play (1988), Rosemary’s Baby (1968), The Babysitter (2017), I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997), Best Worst Movie (2010), Drag Me To Hell (2009) and Scrooged (1988).
The aim of these posts is to spread some horror love around the internet, and possibly introduce you to a slice of horror that you may have overlooked. So, make sure to add this film to your next horror movie marathon.
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