FINAL DESTINATION 5 Blu-ray Review

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Despite the fact that the Final Destination series was supposed to have come to an end with Final Destination 4, here we are again.  New round of kids, same ol’ specter o’ death, always up to some sort of Rube Goldberg-ian shenanigans.  By now, this franchise has established itself as the go-to series for “seeing people killed in inventive, gruesome ways”, and there’s nothing wrong with that.  But Final 4 was genuinely terrible, the first film in the series to make me question whether or not all the scenes that weren’t drenched in viscera were worth suffering through in order to get to the money shots.  Would Final Destination 5 return the franchise to its “not great, not even good, but watchable for the kills” glory?  Find out in my review, after the jump.

FINAL DESTINATION 5 Review

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Sometimes you get what you want. If you have been a fan of the previous entries in the Final Destination series, the fifth entry is ready to prove that this franchise hasn’t given in to death just yet. A sequel like this one could feel like more of the same, yet the magnificence of going over the top with ridiculous deaths is half of the charm of the series. People are going to die, in a certain order, but the other appeal is that you never know what is going to get them and when. At least, that should be the setup, and that’s exactly what Final Destination 5 gets right. Director Steven Quale and screenwriter Eric Heisserer embrace the inevitability of the deaths, but don’t telegraph the how. Along the way we are treated to two outstanding set pieces, even more deaths, and pleasing use of 3D where it counts. The film plays as more black comedy than horror, but there are cringe worthy moments that don’t involve the gore. Hit the jump for my full review.

Emma Bell, Nicholas D’Agosto and Tony Todd Interview FINAL DESTINATION 5

by     Posted 2 years, 251 days ago

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Hitting theaters this Friday is Final Destination 5, a disgusting and uproarious pitch black comedy featuring eye-popping 3D, literally.  I know what you’re thinking, but this movie is really something special. It has an above par cast, a script that smartly skips over the elements fans already know in favor of new angles and way, way above the call of duty direction courtesy of James Cameron protégé and co-director of Aliens of the Deep, Steven Quale.  It’s honestly one of maybe three movies I have ever seen that is worthy of the 3D surcharge.

Last weekend I sat down with the film’s main protagonist, Nicholas D’Agosto, his love interest Emma Bell and franchise mainstay Tony Todd to discuss the film.  During our conversation Todd revealed a bit about the back story of his mysterious Coroner, Mr. Bludworth, Bell and D’Agosto described their history with the franchise and tell us which deaths would be the most horrible to suffer.  Hit the jump to watch.

5 Clips from FINAL DESTINATION 5

by     Posted 2 years, 254 days ago

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With director Steven Quale’s Final Destination 5 opening this weekend, we’ve been provided with 5 clips from the film.  Since we all know what a Final Destination movie is about, I’m not going to try and explain the story.  The important thing to know is the movie was shot in 3D and based on the footage I saw at Comic-Con, it’s really worth paying the extra money to see it in 3D.  Trust me, the footage looked fantastic and 3D is the only way I’d see this movie.  In addition, Hunter covered the press junket yesterday and he told me that the film was great and the 3D added a lot.  Look for his video interviews with the cast in the coming days.  Until then, check out the 2D footage after the jump.

Final Destination 5 stars Emma Bell, Nick D’Agosto, Miles Fisher, Arlen Escarpeta, Jacqueline MacInnes Wood, P.J. Byrne, Ellen Wroe, Courtney B. Vance, David Koechner, and Tony Todd.

Comic-Con 2011: Trailer Premiere and First Clip for SUSHI GIRL Starring Mark Hammill and Noah Hathaway

by     Posted 2 years, 270 days ago

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Seventeen years after his last film, Noah Hathaway (The Neverending Story) has returned to the screen in a dark and dangerous way. Starring alongside Mark Hammill, Hathaway plays Fish, a recently released prisoner who had spent six years in jail after a diamond heist gone wrong. He reunites with his former partners, who include the aforementioned Hammill, Tony Todd (Candyman) and James Duval (Donnie Darko). They meet up for dinner, which just so happens to be a platter of sushi laid out on the body of a naked woman. The panel screened an exclusive trailer of Sushi Girl along with two never-before-seen clips. Hit the jump to read more about them.

New Trailer for FINAL DESTINATION 5

by     Posted 2 years, 286 days ago

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The new trailer for Final Destination 5 has gone online and as always, every thing can be boiled down to “Go to mundane location, bad things happen.”  The Final Destination franchise preys on our fears that we could die from a freak accident at any time.  I would love to see the Final Destination film where someone escapes the big accident at the beginning and then instead of the reaper getting him or her with a Rube Goldberg project of death, the person just dies from a long, protracted illness.  At least this one kind of raises an interesting moral quandary about whether or not you would kill an innocent person if it ensured your own survival.  And really, what would a Final Destination movie be without an arbitrary new rule that was never mentioned in the previous entries?

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  Final Destination 5 opens in 3D on August 12th.

First Trailer and Poster for FINAL DESTINATION 5

by     Posted 2 years, 345 days ago

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The first trailer and poster for Final Destination 5 have gone online.  This time the big disaster is on a suspension bridge.  As always, those who don’t have the courtesy to die in giant disasters get hunted down by the grim reaper and eliminated in gruesome, Rube Goldberg-projects of doom.  In a hint that the series may be running out of creative ways to off its characters, Final Destination 5 preys on our fears of LASIK and acupuncture.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer and poster.  Final Destination 5 stars Emma Bell, Nick D’Agosto, Miles Fisher, Arlen Escarpeta, Jacqueline MacInnes Wood, P.J. Byrne, Ellen Wroe, Courtney B. Vance, David Koechner, and Tony Todd.  The film opens in 3D on August 26th.

Tony Todd Says FINAL DESTINATION 6 and 7 Shooting Back-to-Back

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As long as there’s an audience for elaborate murdergasms, the Final Destination franchise should be a success.  The fifth installment (thankfully no longer titled “5nal Destination“) is due out in 3D on August 26th and actor Tony Todd, who is returning to the series, says that if it opens at #1, they’ll shoot parts 6 and 7 back-to-back .  Here’s what Todd told Dread Central:

“Thumbs up! Thumbs way up. They expanded my part, and the producer told me as we were leaving Vancouver that if it opens at Number 1 – which statistically it has – they’re going to shoot the next two simultaneously.”

Final Destination 5‘s opening disaster will involve a bridge collapse.  I’m sure by the time we reach Final Destination 7, the inciting event will involve a slick patch of ice in the main character’s driveway.

FINAL DESTINATION 5 Synopsis Revealed; Filming Underway

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New Line/Warner Bros. has announced filming is underway in Vancouver on director Steve Quale’s Final Destination 5.  The 3D film stars Emma Bell (Frozen, The Walking Dead) Nick D’Agosto (Fired Up!, Heroes), Miles Fisher, Arlen Escarpeta, Jacqueline MacInnes Wood, P.J. Byrne, Ellen Wroe, Courtney B. Vance, David Koechner and Final Destination franchise icon Tony Todd.

The studio has also sent out the first synopsis and it reads like every Final Destination movie:

In this fifth installment, Death is just as omnipresent as ever, and is unleashed after one man’s premonition saves a group of coworkers from a terrifying suspension bridge collapse. But this group of unsuspecting souls was never supposed to survive, and, in a terrifying race against time, the ill-fated group frantically tries to discover a way to escape Death’s sinister agenda.

While the 4th film was going to be the last in the franchise, after making $186 million at the worldwide box office, the studio changed their minds.  Hit the jump for the full press release:

David Koechner, P.J. Byrne, and Tony Todd Confirmed for FINAL DESTINATION 5

by     Posted 3 years, 232 days ago

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Last week, we caught wind of some casting news from the production of Final Destination 5: Nicholas D’Agosto (Fired Up!), Ellen Wroe (Huge), and Meghan Ory (Dark House) joined Miles Fisher (Superhero Movie) and Arlen Escarpeta (Friday the 13th) in the young cast, and Warner Bros. reportedly had an offer to David Koechner (Extract) for a role.

Apparently Koechner like what he saw, because Heat Vision reports the funnyman has officially signed on along with P.J. Byrne (Dinner for Schmucks) to the sequel.  Fans of the series should be happy to hear that Tony Todd is likewise on board to reprise his franchise role as Mr. Bludworth.  This is director Steven Quale’s feature debut — fresh off his work heading up the second unit on Avatar — with a script by Eric Heisserer (A Nightmare on Elm Street). Final Destination 5 opens on August 26, 2011.

First Teaser Trailer for HATCHET II

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Dark Sky Films has released the first teaser trailer Hatchet II, the sequel to writer/director Adam Green’s 2006 swamp-centric slasher film.  I’d estimate that roughly 85% of the 1:17 runtime is devoted to text, intercut with brief flashes of the terrible acts of Victor Crowley.  But sometimes with a scarer like this one, that’s all you need to rachet up the tension — particularly with unnerving quivering effect applied to the text.  Regardless, I’m sure that if you were a fan of Hatchet, the sequel is on your radar, in which case you should absolutely check out the trailer after the jump.

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