Is there any better junk food for horror fans than the Final Destination franchise? There’s not an undeniably “great” film in the bunch, yet they’re all endlessly watchable. That is, if seeing poorly-developed, nice-looking characters meet random, grisly fates is your bag. It’s a film series that exists for no other reason than to provide screenwriters and directors ample opportunities to slaughter pretty people in the most imaginative ways possible. Fuck a clever script, or grade-A acting; all that’s offered is inspired carnage. A gorehound’s blood-soaked dream come true.
It seems that the fourth and latest film, The Final Destination (which will be presented in 3D….a stroke of genius), will be the last (until it makes $25 million over its opening weekend and the execs greenlight round five). On the page, this one seems to deserve nothing more than a Sci-Fi Channel weekend airing. The only cast members that are recognizable at all are former MTV personality Nick Zano and C-list beauty Krista Allen. And staging the requisite “Final Destination opening catastrophe in an overcrowded public setting” at a racetrack reeks of a dartboard full of possible scenarios in some writer’s office.
The crazy thing is, though, that I absolutely love this trailer. Adore everything about it. Pride is non-existent here—-the deaths look more unbelievably-over-conceptualized than ever before, and the “dark humor” tone of the previous two films is replaced by pure menace.
If there was ever a horror film that could be best served by 3D technology, this is it.
The Final Destination has just elevated itself as the Number One Contender for this summer’s ultimate guilty pleasure. Trailer after the jump: