So as a lot of you may know I am a massive fan of the Final Destination franchise and have rants before about how much it has really failed, especially with The Final Destination (4). Despite this minor flaw in this epic series, it has reprised its glory with Final Destination 5 which I can honestly say is fucking insane. To be honest I am pretty suprised that producers thought yet another sequal was a good investment, but they were definantly right and I am glad they proved me wrong.
As for the future of the series, I have always had a lot of my own ideas. But what I would really like to see happen is a Final Destination period piece, set in the 1930′s or something with some crazy 19th century gore. Another great addition would be to have the Candy Man guy that appears in all (most) of them to be their too still the same age, to hint at the fact that he has something to do with it all (as Final Destination 5 seems to hint).
Any way I am sorry that this was very brief but I am very busy latly so dont have much time, but I promise I have a lot for you all to look forward too. Stay tuned
So I am in the works of putting together my new web series “7 AM”. It will span over 5 episodes, that follow a consistent multiple narrative structure each episode for the whole series.
The story Is a mesh of Final Destination (now a tradition of mine I guess) and Groundhog Day. In other words a girl dying in a different way every same day, constantly until she unravels what the fuck is actually going down.
The multiple narratives follow the stories of the daily female victim (Bella), along with her boyfriend and Bella’s mother on Bella’s 7th birthday. The narratives all come together in the final episodes to uncover the mystery.
Each episode will be three to five minuets and aired on a weekly basis. When finished I will edit it all into a single slightly trimmed piece that I will be distributing to some festivals.
This will be my highest budget flick thus far at about $1000 (not including the $1700 camera purchased for use). I am using a limited cast and set of locations to keep costs minimal. Most of the costs will be in the special effects equipment like makeup and the vehicle in use (my first car) which I will destroy if it gives out by then.
The equipment in use includes my Cannon 550D, a recently obtained tripod dolly, two flood lights, a blood and gore makeup kit, latex and liters of blood.
I am anticipating a June release as the transition between pre and post-production is only taking place now, due to some massive re-writes. Also heavy use of visual effects are planned. Including a hugely popular “slidey part” I have always dreamed of pulling off, as seen in films like Resident Evil, Underworld 2, Cube and Final Destination 2. However it is an extremely difficult effect to pull off, involving green screens, 3D modeling software and a lot of time spent compositing the hundreds of layers their are bound to be.
THIS VIDEO SHOWS WHAT I MEAN AT 1.14 mins IN
At this stage their is no help really needed on board, other then what I already have. So please don’t ask as the more people I get on board, the harder it is to organize. However saying this I am likely to be asking around later in production when needed.
I’m going to be releasing a promo by April and a trailer will hit by May, I will also be once again following the production with a rough production diary on the blog with some pictures and clips. However for now here’s a sneak peak of the constant morning our victim experiences…
This review starts off with a big context setting for my feelings behind the review and kind of aimed at people that know the franchise to some degree. Enjoy!
The Final Destination franchise is one of my fave horror franchises out their, hell i’d even say fave’s in any genre! The idea was so original for a horror movie! Pure genious not even having a killer in it and employing the audience as a surrogate investigator as you try and work out how the next victim dies to see them get completly messed up in some way completley different! I would even go as far as making a series of short films because of how much I like this franchise except maybe mix it up a bit by adding a elements of the Ring in their or something… oh wait i already did that (the Face).
In Final Destination 2 I was extremly impressed when they managed to extend the story even further by making the people that become the victims in that caused by the events of the first ones, i.e. the first one called an outward ripple effecting how other people were meant to die (the film explains it better). Not only that they even brought back two of the character from the first one. They then even came up with the great idea that New Life Will Stop Death i.e. a pregaz chick giving birth when she was meant to die giving birth f’s up the whole design (and they even put a twist on that later in it), this in the end stops the death. Going back to Final Destination 1 the way that they think they can stop it is by saving someone screwing up deaths design but later work out this doesnt work so they get killed. Which is what made it even smarter in the second one because they worked their way around this.
Moving onto Final Destination 3 (dont worry their is eventually my review for the 4th one, just gotta set the context of this rant for ya). Story-wise they really screwed this up, not only did they not extend or continue the story like the second one did, but they didnt even bring back any of the characters (lyk the Candy Man guy that knows how to stop death somehow) and they even went back to “The Way to stop deaths design is to save someone next in line”, this is stupid because we already know this doesnt work from the first one!! Why would it work now??! Also Two people survived in the second one! couldnt they have brought them back!!!! Any way this film made up for it with awsome vfx’s, deaths, some solid acting and ofcourse the unforgettable roller coaster disaster which ever1 has to admit is a great idea that everyone is scared of to some degree!
Finally moving onto the 4th installment, or The Final Destination 3D as its known. My first complaint I came across (as i saw this on dvd) was that the film didnt even give you the option for it to be in 3D, even though the cover said FINAL DESTIATION 3-Fu**ing-D! So i soldiered on as i love this franchise and saw this worst opening death sequence from all of them continued with more shit deaths all of which were spoiled by the fuc#n movie trailer anyway! and i really do mean all of them! All of the effects in this film looked so cheezy as well, cant understand how they thought they were acceptable!
More over, after all the shitty deaths and visuals, they also added terrible acting and even added the most “original” idea yet for them to escape death…. stop the next person in line!! which we have known doesnt work in the last 3 movies!! who do they think we are! It didnt add anything original to the franchise and soley relied on the fact it was in 3D which isnt even offered on the dvd i watched! terrible!
So not only am I pissed off it was so shit but also the film has ruined the franchise and obviously their is no way another one will ever be made again because of its epic faliure both critically and commercially! So thank you very much who ever the director and writer is of this film! you officially fucked up my fave franchise in film!! ..but this made me think, who is the director behind the chronic dissapointment… I was suprised to find that the director was in fact the very same director of…. Final Destination 2! can this be possible! my fave one of them all was directed by the worst of them all as well, where did he go wrong? it must be the writer… the studio fucking it up right? or am i just being overprotective of this “great” director.
Moving on, I honestly reckon that this franchise could still have hope if ithey actually got some good writers onto it that could write a script for one with a completly fresh and different take on it all! I can think of a few just off the top of my head:
Make one set a few centuries ago.. in cowboy times or some shit
Make on set a few centuries in the future… in space or some shit
Make one that goes more into detail of what the premonitions are and explain it a bit.. lyk they have something religious about it lyk they are prophits or some shit!
I Dont know! but their are so many better ideas then the shit i got, so i hope to god it continues but maybe get some one hectic lyk Zac Snyder (300, Watchmen), or Tim Burton or that dude that rebooted batman to do it… joking i know that would never ever happen, but you know what i mean, i will still hold my breath for another Final Destination 2…….