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Final Destination series
Directed by James Wong (1, 3)
David R. Ellis (2, 4)
Produced by Glen Morgan (1, 3)
Warren Zide (1-4)
Craig Perry (1-4)
James Wong (3)
Associate Producer:
Chris Bender (1)
Sheila Hanahan (2, 3)
Tawny Ellis (4)
Co-Producer:
Art Schaeffer (1, 3, 4)
Justis Greene (2)
Executive Producer:
Richard Brener (1-4)
Brian Witten (1)
Toby Emmerich (2-4)
Matt Moore (2, 3)
Jeffrey Reddick (2)
Walter Hamada (4)
Written by Story:
James Wong (1, 3)
Glen Morgan (1,3)
Jeffrey Reddick (1, 2)
J. Mackye Gruber (2)
Eric Bress (2, 4)
Screenplay:
Glen Morgan (1, 3)
James Wong (1, 3)
Jeffrey Reddick (1)
J. Mackye Gruber (2)
Eric Bress (2, 4)
Characters:
Jeffrey Reddick (2-4)
Music by Shirley Walker (1-3)
Brian Tyler (4)
Cinematography Robert McLachlan (1,3)
Gary Capo (2)
Glen MacPherson (4)
Editing by James Coblentz (1)
Eric Sears (2)
Chris G. Willingham (3)
Mark Stevens (4)
Studio Zide/Perry Productions (1-4)
Hard Eight Pictures (1,3)
Matinee Pictures (3)
Practical Pictures (3)
Road Rebel (3)
LivePlanet (4)
Distributed by New Line Cinema
Release date(s) 2000 (2000) – 2009 (2009)
Running time 363 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $114,000,000
Gross revenue $468,825,391

The Final Destination series is a series of horror films based on the unwritten X-Files scripted by Jeffrey Reddick. Distributed by New Line Cinema, all four films are centered on the themes of determinism, predestination, and precognition, in relation to death (i.e. how to foresee, avoid or control it). In a less abstract sense, each film features a group of people dying in a series of elaborate, often gory death scenarios that frequently resemble Rube Goldberg machines in their complexity. The franchise has also spawned a related book series (published by Black Flame) and comic series (published by Zenescope Entertainment Inc).

Contents

Premise

The premise of each film or book in the franchise is essentially the same: A group of people are gathered together at a public venue, when suddenly a member of the group has a premonition of a disaster that will kill most/all of the people present, for example a plane crash. Horrified and motivated by the vision of impending doom, the person with the premonition then tries to prevent the incident by warning the others to leave the scene. The other members have doubts over the incredible claims but the visionary is persistent, fracturing the group into hostile skeptics, dubious believers, or those that had no choice but to accompany the visionary. Soon afterward, disaster strikes as foreseen, proving to the survivors that the visionary was right, and their attitudes change drastically.

Over the next few days, weeks or months, the same survivors begin to die in a series of gruesome and unlikely accidents. The same visionary is made aware of this and concludes that, although they survived the initial disaster, they are all still destined to die. The killer responsible for the accidents, although invisible, is assumed to be the personification of Death itself. The visionary usually teams up with a fellow survivor of the opposite sex, and, determined to cheat Death once again, they devise various plans to stay safe. Although they are sometimes able to protect each other from fatal incidents, their attempts always ultimately end in failure, as no one has ever survived more than one or two installments of the series.

However, each movie and book leaves a legacy for new generations of survivors: each disaster is noted by the media, law enforcement agencies, paranormal fanatics, and disaster survivors who notice the similarities between the incidents. The survivors of each story use whatever they learn from past disasters, or enlist the aid of a survivor of a previous disaster, in order to postpone their inevitable deaths.

Cheating Death

A recurring theme in each film is the inevitability of death and the impossibility of truly defeating it. Death is portrayed as a sadistic, supernatural entity intent on killing the main characters in each book or film. When the victims learn of this plan and manage to disrupt it, Death pursues them all individually, killing them off in the same order they would have died if they had not been forewarned.

If Death is thwarted during the second attempt on a survivor's life, it ignores the survivor and moves onto the next victim. When it has finished attempting to kill all the survivors in order, it restarts its attempts from the beginning again, sometimes waiting a number of months while the survivors are lulled into a false sense of security.

The films have yet to explain what is sending the premonitions and omens to the protagonists, and more importantly why. One exception is the protagonist from the first film, Alex Browning (Devon Sawa), who suggests that they are messages from someone, hinting at Death's designs. It seems it does no good to escape the particular accident hinted at, since Death subsequently attacks the survivors.

Films

In 1996, screenwriter Jeffrey Reddick sold his treatment for Final Destination to New Line Cinema. The treatment was based on an The X Files spec script Reddick wrote in order to get an agent. In an interesting twist, television director James Wong who worked on The X Files, ended up co-writing and directing the first film. David R. Ellis directed the second film after Wong dropped out, but Wong returned to direct the third film and intended to shoot it in 3-D, but was unsuccessful due to insufficient budget. The third film was intended to be the final installment of the series, but Ellis returned again to direct the fourth installment, which was filmed in New Orleans, Louisiana and shot in 3-D. After releasing the fourth film, producer Craig Perry announced that the fourth film was the final installment of the series, and decided not to make the fifth installment. All four films received an R rating by the MPAA. Critics' rates were going down since the second film for "lack of ideas" and "gory scenes".

Novels

Throughout 2005 publishing company Black Flame released a series of Final Destination books which faithfully follow the premise of the films, with each involving a group of people who find themselves targeted by Death after surviving a catastrophe of some sort due to a character experiencing a precognitive vision. Set in Los Angeles the first novel, entitled Dead Reckoning, has punk rocker Jessica Golden saving herself and several others from the collapse of Club Kitty, earning Death's ire.[Novels 1] Set in LA as well Destination Zero has magazine employee Patricia Fuller and few others survive a train bombing and afterward, while being stalked by Death, Patti learns this is not the first time her family has been hunted by the entity.[Novels 2] End of the Line has a group of New York subway crash survivors, led by twins Danny and Louise King, trying to escape Death, who uses an unknowing agent to hasten its acquisition of the survivors.[Novels 3]

In Dead Man's Hand a group meant to die in the crash of a Las Vegas glass elevator are stalked by both Death and the FBI, the latter believing the group's savior Allie Goodwin-Gaines was responsible for the elevator crash.[Novels 4] Looks Could Kill has beautiful New York model Stephanie "Sherry" Pulaski stopping her friends from boarding a yacht when she has a vision of it exploding, but is left horribly disfigured and comatose by flying debris moments afterward when her vision comes true; eventually awakening the embittered Stephanie makes a deal with Death, aiding it in claiming her friends in exchange for having her good looks restored.[Novels 5] After the run of the original series of books Black Flame released novelizations of the first three films in January 2006.[Novels 6][Novels 7][Novels 8] Black Flame's last Final Destination novel was Death of the Senses released in mid 2006. Taking place in New York the book has a homeless man named Jack Curtis saving policewoman Amy Tom from a maniac after having a vision of Amy's death; Amy's attacker is later revealed to be a serial killer who was meant to murder six other people (representing the first five senses and a sixth) who Death begins targeting as Jack and Amy rush to find and warn the intended victims.[Novels 9] A tenth novel, subtitled Wipeout and written by Alex Johnson, was planned, but cancelled; the book would have featured a pair of surfers and several others, after surviving a plane crash in Hawaii, being hunted by Death and the survivor of another disaster, an unstable soldier who had nearly died in an ambush in Afghanistan. [Novels 10]

Comic books

The first Final Destination comic book, entitled Sacrifice, was published by Zenescope Entertainment and came packaged with a limited edition DVD of Final Destination 3 sold exclusively at Circuit City. The premise of the story involves the survivor of a terrible accident, who continually experiences images of other people's deaths, isolating himself from the rest of the world to escape the visions that torment him. Zenescope later released a five issue miniseries, subtitled Spring Break, which involves a group led by Carly Hagan being stalked by Death after surviving a hotel fire and becoming stranded in Cancún, Mexico.[1] The miniseries was later released in a trade paperback collection, which included the Sacrifice comic as bonus content.[2]

Future

Producer Craig Perry confirmed that there are no plans to go ahead with a new Final Destination film, likely making The Final Destination the last installment in the series.[3] He said that combined with a now 3D installment, the film series started to look "cheesy in name alone" and like "another one of those" films a part of a dying or discontinued franchise, such as Leprechaun 4.[3] He added that the word "The" in the title was to signify this as the last film in the series and that it is difficult to come up with "a fresh spin" for these types of franchises:

These things are hard to figure out, they’re getting more and more expensive to do. This is kind of the intersection that makes everything come to bear. It has a healthy budget, the special FX is great, a great marketing department and it has a really nice franchise loyalty to build from and to deliver to, why push it any further than this?[3]

Despite Perry feeling that the Final Destination franchise may be better left at The Final Destination, he said that he does have an idea for a sequel. "Of course, Freddy had a Final Nightmare too, and that didn’t last very long," he stated. "I do have an idea which would make it less expensive, but make it more interesting, [assuming] we’re fortunate enough to even have the conversation about what a fifth one would even be. I think that the fans in particular will appreciate the spin it puts on the notions."[3]

Alan F. Horn revealed at ShoWest 2010 that they will be making a Final Destination 5, because "we can’t resist".[4]

Reception

Box office performance

Film Release date Box office revenue Box office ranking Budget Reference
United States Foreign Worldwide All time domestic All time worldwide
Final Destination March 17, 2000 $53,331,147 $59,549,147 $112,880,294 #1,016 $23,000,000 [5]
Final Destination 2 January 31, 2003 $46,961,214 $43,465,191 $90,426,405 #1,185 $26,000,000 [6][7]
Final Destination 3 February 10, 2006 $54,098,051 $59,172,557 $113,270,608 #999 $25,000,000 [8]
The Final Destination August 28, 2009 $66,477,700 $86,136,297 $152,613,997 #775 $40,000,000 [9]
Total $220,504,205 $248,321,186 $468,825,391 '$114,000,000

Critical reaction

Film Rotten Tomatoes
Overall
Rotten Tomatoes
Cream of the Crop
Metacritic Yahoo! Movies
Final Destination 30% (84 reviews)[10] 25% (20 reviews)[11] 36 (28 reviews)[12]
Final Destination 2 47% (106 reviews)[13] 32% (22 reviews)[14] 38 (25 reviews)[15] C (14 reviews)[16]
Final Destination 3 44% (112 reviews)[17] 33% (24 reviews)[18] 41 (28 reviews)[19] C (12 reviews)[20]
The Final Destination 29% (84 reviews)[21] 0% (8 reviews)[22] 30 (14 reviews)[23] D+ (8 reviews)[24]

References

Notes

  1. ^ See: #Further reading
  2. ^ See: #Further reading
  3. ^ a b c d Bloody Disgusting (2009-09-06). "BD Horror News - Producer Craig Perry Talks ' The Final Destination', Fifth Film?". Press release. http://www.bloody-disgusting.com/news/16928. 
  4. ^ http://www.slashfilm.com/2010/03/18/warner-bros-will-make-final-destination-5/#ixzz0ia1Jyu6V
  5. ^ "Final Destination (2000)". Box Office Mojo. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=finaldestination.htm. Retrieved 2008-02-12. 
  6. ^ "Final Destination (2003)". Box Office Mojo. http://www.the-numbers.com/movies/2003/FDES2.php. Retrieved 2008-02-12. 
  7. ^ "Final Destination 2 Production Budget". The-Numbers. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=finaldestination2.htm. Retrieved 2008-02-12. 
  8. ^ "Final Destination 3 (2006)". Box Office Mojo. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=finaldestination3.htm. Retrieved 2008-02-12. 
  9. ^ "The Final Destination". Box Office Mojo. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=finaldestination4.htm. Retrieved 2009-12-01. 
  10. ^ "Final Destination". Rotten Tomatoes. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/final_destination/. Retrieved 2009-12-01. 
  11. ^ "Final Destination (Cream of the Crop)". Rotten Tomatoes. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/final_destination/?critic=creamcrop. Retrieved 2008-02-12. 
  12. ^ "Final Destination: Reviews". Metacritic. http://www.metacritic.com/video/titles/finaldestination?q=Final%20Destination. Retrieved 2008-02-12. 
  13. ^ "Final Destination 2". Rotten Tomatoes. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/final_destination_2/. Retrieved 2008-02-12. 
  14. ^ "Final Destination 2 (Cream of the Crop)". Rotten Tomatoes. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/final_destination_2/?critic=creamcrop. Retrieved 2008-02-12. 
  15. ^ "Final Destination 2: Reviews". Metacritic. http://www.metacritic.com/video/titles/finaldestination2?q=Final%20Destination. Retrieved 2008-02-12. 
  16. ^ "Final Destination 2- Critics Reviews". Yahoo! Movies. http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/1808404018/critic. Retrieved 2009-12-01. 
  17. ^ "Final Destination 3". Rotten Tomatoes. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/final_destination_3/. Retrieved 2009-12-01. 
  18. ^ "Final Destination 3 (Cream of the Crop)". Rotten Tomatoes. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/final_destination_3/?critic=creamcrop. Retrieved 2008-02-12. 
  19. ^ "Final Destination 3: Reviews". Metacritic. http://www.metacritic.com/film/titles/finaldestination3?q=Final%20Destination. Retrieved 2008-02-12. 
  20. ^ "Final Destination 3- Critics Reviews". Yahoo! Movies. http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/1808718597/critic. Retrieved 2009-12-02. 
  21. ^ "The Final Destination". Rotten Tomatoes. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/final_destination_final_death_trip_3D/. Retrieved 2009-12-01. 
  22. ^ "The Final Destination (Cream of the Crop)". Rotten Tomatoes. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/final_destination_final_death_trip_3D/?critic=creamcrop. Retrieved 2009-09-12. 
  23. ^ "Final Destination, The: Reviews". Metacritic. http://www.metacritic.com/film/titles/finaldestination4. Retrieved 2009-12-01. 
  24. ^ "The Final Destination - Critics Reviews". Yahoo! Movies. http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/1810060759/critic. Retrieved 2009-12-02. 

Further reading

  1. ^ Rhodes, Natasha (2005-03-15). Final Destination: Dead Reckoning. Black Flame. ISBN 1844161706. http://www.amazon.com/Final-Destination-1-Dead-Reckoning/dp/1844161706/ref=pd_sim_b_6. 
  2. ^ McIntee, David (2005-03-15). Final Destination: Destination Zero. Black Flame. ISBN 1844161714. http://www.amazon.com/Final-Destination-2-Zero/dp/1844161714/ref=pd_sim_b_1. 
  3. ^ Levene, Rebecca (2005-06-07). Final Destination: End of the Line. Black Flame. ISBN 1844161765. http://www.amazon.com/Final-Destination-3-End-Line/dp/1844161765/ref=pd_sim_b_2. 
  4. ^ Roman, Steven (2005-09-13). Final Destination: Dead Man's Hand. Black Flame. ISBN 1844161773. http://www.amazon.com/Final-Destination-Dead-Mans-Hand/dp/1844161773/ref=pd_sim_b_4. 
  5. ^ Collins, Nancy (2005-11-29). Final Destination: Looks Could Kill. Black Flame. ISBN 1844163164. http://www.amazon.com/Final-Destination-Looks-Could-Kill/dp/1844163164/ref=pd_sim_b_4. 
  6. ^ Rhodes, Natasha (2006-01-03). Final Destination. Black Flame. ISBN 1844163172. http://www.amazon.com/Final-Destination-Movie-Natasha-Rhodes/dp/1844163172/ref=pd_sim_b_8. 
  7. ^ Collins, Nancy (2006-01-31). Final Destination 2. Black Flame. ISBN 1844163180. http://www.amazon.com/Final-Destination-II-Nancy-Collins/dp/1844163180/ref=pd_sim_b_2. 
  8. ^ Faust, Christa (2006-01-03). Final Destination 3. Black Flame. ISBN 1844163199. http://www.amazon.com/Final-Destination-III-Christa-Faust/dp/1844163199/ref=pd_sim_b_1. 
  9. ^ McDermott, Andy (2006-08-01). Final Destination: Death of the Senses. Black Flame. ISBN 1844163857. http://www.amazon.com/Final-Destination-6-Death-Senses/dp/1844163857. 
  10. ^ Johnson, Alex. Final Destination: Wipeout. Black Flame. ISBN 1844164098. http://www.amazon.com/Final-Destination-Wipeout/dp/1844164098/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1265421114&sr=8-1. 

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Template:Infobox Film

The Final Destination series is a series of horror films created by James Wong, Glen Morgan and Jeffrey Reddick. Distributed by New Line Cinema, the films are centered on the themes of determinism, predestination, and precognition, in relation to death (i.e. how to foresee, avoid or control it). In a more practical sense, each film portrays a series of elaborate, often gory death scenarios that can resemble Rube Goldberg machines in their complexity and convolutedness. The franchise has also spawned a related book series (published by Black Flame) and comic series (published by Zenescope Entertainment Inc).

Contents

Basic story

Premise

The premise to both the film and book series about death is essentially the same: A group of people are gathered together at a venue, when suddenly a member of the group has a premonition of a disaster that will kill all of the people present. Horrified and motivated by the vision of impending doom, the person with the premonition then tries to prevent the incident by alerting the others. The other members have doubts of the incredible claims but the visionary is persistent, fracturing the group in hostile skeptics, dubious believers, or those that had no choice but to accompany the visionary. Soon afterward, disaster strikes as foreseen, proving to the survivors that the visionary was right, and their opinions change drastically.

Over the next few days, weeks or months, the same survivors begin to die in a series of horrific and often improbable accidents until the same visionary notices a pattern and concludes that, while surviving the initial disaster, they are still destined to die. The visionary usually teams up with another fellow survivor of the opposite sex, and they are determined to once again cheat death; then the same group devises various plans to survive that usually fail until the protagonist visionary finds a solution to their fate, having salvaged two or three of the others. By the end, however, most or all of the survivors are dead. In the subsequent movie, the survivors are revealed to be dead, or die in the film.

Cheating Death

A recurring theme in each film is the concept of truly defeating Death. Constant intervention proves to merely restart the list from the beginning. When someone saves the targeted person, death moves on to the next person on the list. Once the list of Death's Design runs through, it returns to the beginning. A key element of the films is that the protagonists always think they have found a way to cheat death; for example in the second film, it is suggested that a child born of a survivor will break the pattern. However, the ending always implies that there is no way to indefinitely cheat death.

Reception

Box office performance

Film Release date Box office revenue Reference
United States Foreign Worldwide
Final Destination March 17, 2000 $53,331,147 $59,549,147 $112,880,294 [1]
Final Destination 2 January 31, 2003 $46,961,214 $43,465,191 $90,426,405 [2]
Final Destination 3 February 10, 2006 $54,098,051 $59,172,557 $113,270,608 [3]
The Final Destination August 28, 2009
Final Destination film series $154,390,412 $162,186,895 $316,577,307

Critical reaction

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic Yahoo! Movies
Overall Cream of the Crop
Final Destination 29% (80 reviews)[4] 21% (19 reviews)[5] 36% (28 reviews)[6]  
Final Destination 2 47% (105 reviews)[7] 32% (22 reviews)[8] 38% (25 reviews)[9] C (14 reviews)[10]
Final Destination 3 45% (111 reviews)[11] 33% (24 reviews)[12] 41% (28 reviews)[13] C (13 reviews)[14]

References

  1. "Final Destination (2000)". Box Office Mojo. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=finaldestination.htm. Retrieved on 2008-02-12. 
  2. "Final Destination (2003)". Box Office Mojo. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=finaldestination2.htm. Retrieved on 2008-02-12. 
  3. "Final Destination 3 (2006)". Box Office Mojo. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=finaldestination3.htm. Retrieved on 2008-02-12. 
  4. "Final Destination". Rotten Tomatoes. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/final_destination/. Retrieved on 2008-02-12. 
  5. "Final Destination (Cream of the Crop)". Rotten Tomatoes. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/final_destination/?critic=creamcrop&name_order=asc. Retrieved on 2008-02-12. 
  6. "Final Destination: Reviews". Metacritic. http://www.metacritic.com/video/titles/finaldestination?q=Final%20Destination. Retrieved on 2008-02-12. 
  7. "Final Destination 2". Rotten Tomatoes. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/final_destination_2/. Retrieved on 2008-02-12. 
  8. "Final Destination 2 (Cream of the Crop)". Rotten Tomatoes. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/final_destination_2/?critic=creamcrop&name_order=asc. Retrieved on 2008-02-12. 
  9. "Final Destination 2: Reviews". Metacritic. http://www.metacritic.com/video/titles/finaldestination2?q=Final%20Destination. Retrieved on 2008-02-12. 
  10. "Final Destination 2 - Critics Reviews". Yahoo! Movies. http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/1808404018/info. Retrieved on 2008-02-12. 
  11. "Final Destination 3". Rotten Tomatoes. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/final_destination_3/. Retrieved on 2008-02-12. 
  12. "Final Destination 3 (Cream of the Crop)". Rotten Tomatoes. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/final_destination_3/?critic=creamcrop. Retrieved on 2008-02-12. 
  13. "Final Destination 3: Reviews". Metacritic. http://www.metacritic.com/film/titles/finaldestination3?q=Final%20Destination. Retrieved on 2008-02-12. 
  14. "Final Destination 3 - Critics Reviews". Yahoo! Movies. http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/1808718597/info. Retrieved on 2008-02-12. 

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