The Final Destination

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The Final Destination
Genre: Horror
Directed By: David R. Ellis
Written By: Eric Bress
Starring: Bobby Campo
Shantel VanSanten
Mykelti Williamson
Distributed By: New Line Cinema
Release Date: August 28, 2009
Runtime: 82 minutes
Country: United States
Prequel: Final Destination 3
Sequel: Final Destination 5

The Final Destination (alternatively known as Final Destination 4) is a 2009 American 3D supernatural horror film written by Eric Bress and directed by David R. Ellis, both of whom also worked on Final Destination 2. Released on August 28, 2009, it is the fourth installment of the Final Destination film series and the first to be shot in HD 3D.


Nine years after the Flight 180 disaster, While enjoying a day at the track, Nick O'Bannon (Bobby Campo) has a horrific premonition of his friends and him all dying in a freak accident involving many racecars. Mere seconds before the vision comes true, he manages to convince them to leave. Although they cheat death then, the survivors each begin to meet a grisly end, and Nick tries to figure a way to escape a similar fate.

Why It Sucks

  1. This film officially turned the horror movie genre into a dead horse with no action, horror, or content.
  2. There is so much camp in the film to the point where it feels more like a black comedy rather than a horror film.
  3. The acting is just awful. For example, when Samantha dies from getting a rock shot right at her eye, you can clearly see her smiling.
  4. If you cut out Hunt Wynorski's death scene and the mall premonition, it isn't really a horror movie and rather feels like something from 1000 Ways To DieBTSW.
  5. Horrible and cheap CGI, especially Carter's severed head when it lands on George's lawn.
  6. A ton of illogical moments. For example, during the premonition, how do all of the cars fly in the air and crash at once? It's also almost impossible for almost every car in the speedway and not try to stop.
  7. The film is way too short, being only approximately 80 minutes (the shortest of the series). Because of this, it doesn't have enough time to build up any tension.
  8. There's a major plot hole in the movie. Nick's premonition involving the cinema has Janet die first. This shouldn't happen since she had already skipped her death when Lori saved her life at the car wash. Going by Final Destination mythology, this would mean Janet would be last on Death's list, as she cheated death because of Lori's intervention at the car wash, meaning LORI should've been first to die in Nick's premonition.
  9. William Bludworth does not appear in the movie, same for Final Destination 3.
  10. The sex scene in the middle of the movie involving Hunt is completely unnecessary and only there to make sure male viewers are mildly interested in this poor excuse of a movie.
  11. The film almost killed the Final Destination franchise.
  12. The movie that the characters are in the cinema is The Long Kiss Goodnight. Despite the fact that film came out in 1996 and the movie is set in 2009.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. I got my eye on you too.
  2. The movie theater explosion scene was pretty gory.
  3. The film could've worked better had it not been converted to 3D.


The film received generally negative reviews from critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 28% of 96 critics gave the film a positive review, with a rating average of 4.2/10. The site's consensus states: "With little of the ingenuity of previous installments, The Final Destination is predictable, disposable horror fare." Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 0–100 reviews from film critics, has a rating score of 30 based on 14 reviews. It is considered by critics and fans to be the worst film in the series.

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3 months ago
Score 0
Are you sure about that?


3 months ago
Score 0
All we can do now to deal with this Creeper idiot is to wait for an admin to come here and see the mess that he made...


3 months ago
Score 2
The worst part is the special effects are actually practical. It just looks fake for some reason. Check the behind the scenes and you'll see it.

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