The theme chosen for this week was "Flight", and I decided to tie it into the start of Halloween Month!
Final Destination (2000)
[Devon Sawa; Ali Larter; Kerr Smith; Kristen Cloke; Seann William Scott]
The movie kicks off with Alex, a high school student, about to embark on a trip to Paris with other students and teachers. Alex has a premonition of a horrific plane crash killing them all.
At first, he shrugs it off as a dream. But soon, little coincidences freak him out. A scuffle ensues and he, along with six others, wind up off the plane. From the terminal, the group watches as the plane takes off and explodes.
Needless to say, the group is shocked by the loss of their friends and classmates, and by their own near-death experience.
When his best friend Tod, also one of the survivors, dies, Alex and the others are faced with the prospect that Death isn't going to let them get away so easily.
Can they stop Death from straightening out the 'natural order' that Alex interrupted?
This is one of those horror films people either like or hate. I like it. It is different and attempts more than just a masked killer stalking helpless victims. Here, the killer is Death itself, unseen and, quite possibly, unstoppable.
The death scenes are interesting, done in a Rube Goldberg sort of way. The actors are okay, even if some of the characters are stereotypical of high school kids.
Some trivia: The script was originally written as a proposed episode for The X-Files.
More trivia: Most characters in the film are named (or partially named) after directors or stars from older black and white horror movies, including Lon Chaney; director George Waggner; "Dracula" director Tod Browning; F.W. Murnau, director of the "first" Dracula film Nosferatu; Max Schreck also starred in "Nosferatu"; Val Lewton produced several famous horror movies; Robert Wiene directed Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari and even the great Alfred Hitchcock.
The first two sequels are okay, in their own ways. I love the incredible highway accident in Final Destination 2, amazingly executed and filmed. Quentin Tarantino was quoted as saying that the opening scene was "a magnificent car action piece".
And the roller coaster crash in Final Destination 3 is something every teenager in line for a ride has joked (and worried) about.
Part 4, the recently released The Final Destination, was a little less thrilling to me, even if the 3D was amazing.
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This is also the kick-off to Halloween Month, as I am taking part in the Countdown to Halloween:
Hope you enjoy it & check out the Countdown to Halloween site for more blogs filled with Halloween goodness!