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9 Ideas for the Next Great ‘Final Destination’ Opening Disaster

The Saw franchise made it to #7, so why can’tFinal Destination go for more? Just about every horror movie puts prime importance on the opening blood bath, but of all the gore fests out there the Final Destination franchise certainly has a claim to fame when it comes to each film’s first fiasco. We got a plane crash to start, and then moved onto a log-induced highway disaster followed by a rollercoaster nightmare and then death and destruction at a racetrack. Come August 12th, we can add a brand new common concern brought to life to the list when Final Destination 5 shows off its ability to snag some lives during a suspension bridge collapse. I’ve seen the footage myself and can assure you: this is one to brace yourself for, both due to the general terror of the catastrophe and the eerily creative more intimate moments.

In the meantime, assuming Final Destination will join the ranks of seemingly never-ending horror franchises, why not look to the future? These opening disasters are particularly versatile vessels, with tons of options for creative commencement calamities. What could be on the table for Final Destination 6? Maybe the filmmakers should consider one of these options …

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Review: Final Destination 5

There’s no beginning this review without setting the scene from a personal standpoint; I am a diehard Final Destination fan. I’ve seen them all countless times and love them all to death (no pun intended), that is until The Final Destination tainted my beloved franchise. Sure, it’s tough to keep a plot fresh four times over, but drowning it in 3D technology is no way to spice it up and Final Destination 5 proves it. No, it doesn’t solidify the third dimension as anything more than a gimmick, but the film has more than enough in terms of the performances, visuals and smart writing to make this an incredibly valiant and successful effort and an installment that I welcome into the franchise with open arms.

The employees of Presage Paper are going on a company retreat. Dennis (David Koechner) is the man in charge, but his second in command, Peter (Miles Fisher), does the honors of rounding everyone up and ushering them onto the bus. He pops a squat next to his intern girlfriend, Candice (Ellen Wroe), while Nathan (Arlen Escarpeta) gets comfortable a few seats away, happily away from the factory underlings who don’t appreciate having a youngster as a boss. Sam (Nicholas D’Agosto) spends the beginning of the ride sulking as the love of his life, Molly (Emma Bell), opted to end things just before hitting the road. There’s also Isaac, who, well, would rather talk to his many ladies on the phone than socialize with his co-workers and Olivia (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) who doesn’t appreciate how her glasses ruin her rock star style.

However, once the bus creeps onto a suspension bridge that’s under construction, none of those petty issues matter, as the structure begins to crumble and everyone just has to do whatever they can to survive. But this is the Final Destination franchise we’re talking about; none of them do, that is until Nick wakes up from his premonition realizing no blood has been spilled just yet and he’s got one shot at getting his friends, particularly Molly, off the bus. If only he knew the consequences of his actions, Sam might have opted to ride the bus to the netherworld. Instead, he makes it out alive along with Molly, Peter, Candice, Nathan, Olivia, Isaac and Dennis, putting them all on Death’s list, sending them straight towards even more gruesome demises.

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8 Great…’Final Destination’ Kills

Eleven years later and the Final Destination franchise is still going strong for a reason, and it probably has to do with how much we enjoy seeing the new sick and twisted ways the filmmakers come up with to kill people off.

In the opening disasters alone, Final Destination has covered a wide spectrum ranging from taking down innocent victims on an airplane to watching them spin out of control on a rogue rollercoaster. However, one thing remains true for all of these epic openings: they’re eerily relatable (save for the racetrack travesty in The Final Destination, for me at least). And the trend continues this August 12th when Final Destination 5 arrives in theaters.

While the majority of the Final Destination deaths are the kind that manage to stick with you long after the credits roll, there are a few that pack concepts and imagery that are not only unforgettable, but might make you think twice before indulging in even a menial daily activity. Scroll through for our our 8 favorite deaths.

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SDCC 2011: Opening Disaster Screened At The Final Destination 5 Party

The parking lot of Petco Park was abuzz yet again tonight, this time courtesy of Warner Bros. in honor of the August 12th release of Final Destination 5. While I did catch the film’s stars Nicholas D’Agosto, P.J. Byrne, Tony Todd, Miles Fisher and Arlen Escarpeta floating around, the spotlight belonged to a portable theater screening the film’s opening disaster.

Before the Final Destination 5 footage began, the audience of about 30 or so relived the past four films in a montage of the most gruesome kills. After enjoying Rory (Jonathan Cherry) getting sliced and diced, Evan Lewis (David Paetkau) taking a ladder to the face and poor Ms. Lewton (Kristen Cloke) a knife to the chest in 3D, Tony Todd wrapped up the sequence with the especially ominous line, “You all just be careful now.”

From there the Final Destination 5 footage began and we met the sorry souls about to get entangled in Death’s games. D’Agosto leads the bunch as Sam Lawton. His coach bus is crossing a suspension bridge when, uh-oh, pavement starts to crack, ropes snap and the blood begins to flow. He seems super cozy with Emma Bell’s Molly as he keeps a close eye on her as they attempt to dodge the disaster. The scene features Byrne’s Isaac in a particularly amusing moment as well as Fisher’s Peter making a desperate attempt at survival. Jacqueline MacInnes Wood is the victim of death-by-no glasses while Escarpeta’s Peter suffers a rather harsh lashing.

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Best/Worst Movie Promos of the Week: It’s An International Takeover

After a slow start to the week, we finally amassed enough new promotional material courtesy of the marketing teams abroad. While the domestic promotional departments were enjoying their country’s independence along with the obligatory BBQs and fireworks, the international designers were hard at work helping fill the slots in this week’s promotion section while the few slipups took care of the demotions vacancies.

Just missing out on top honors were two featurettes for Captain America: The First Avenger, both of which are worthy watches as they pack a great deal of back story and behind-the-scenes material. Sliding down the scale the slightest bit is the first trailer for 5 Days of War. While a good portion of the material suggests the film could teeter upon being a bit cliché, the action is alluring enough to build curiosity.

The new trailer for The Myth of the American Sleepover finds itself in a similar position, as while the festival honors are a major draw, the trailer itself makes the film look no better than Prom. As we trickle down closer to the bottom of the barrel, we find Taylor Lautner and his Field of Dreams 2: NFL Lockout parody. While I do appreciate any attempt to make light of a poor situation, thanks to The Twilight Saga, most things featuring Lautner become instantly tacky.

Don’t worry Twilight fans; Jacob Black will live to see another day as there are three other items more deserving of the demotion status. What were they? Check out the best and worst promo material of the week below.

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The Best And Worst Of 2011 So Far

Who’s ready for round two of our “Best and Worst of 2011 So Far” series? Yesterday Melissa kicked things off with some noble choices in the drama and comedy departments, but now it’s my turn and my affinity for the horror genre is as blatant as ever.

Take a look at where my top and bottom lists stand thus far and be sure to keep an eye out for the rest of the Shockya.com crew’s picks as the series continues tomorrow night with Karen’s choices.

BEST SO FAR

Super 8: J.J. Abrams did it back in 2008 with Cloverfield and now, he’s done it again, built an incredible amount of hype around a new feature film and actually made due on it. While Abrams’ methods of promotion may be fun for us, it could be detrimental to his films. After drawing so much attention to Super 8 via its viral marketing campaign, had the film not lived up to expectations in the slightest, it would have been shot down hard. However, the opposite is true and the combination of Abrams’ endlessly intriguing clues and then the impressively powerful final product manifested into an overwhelmingly enjoyable experience. Without resorting to the shaky cam tactic, Abrams manages to tell the story in a way that makes you feel as though you’re in the middle of it with Joe Lamb (Joel Courtney) and his friends. It’s exciting, suspenseful, heartwarming – everything I hoped it’d be and more. Click here to read my full review of Super 8.

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‘Scream 4’ vs. ‘Final Destination 5’: Battle Of The Horror Sequels

As a devoted fan of both the ‘Scream’ and ‘Final Destination’ franchises, the latest installments are two of the most highly anticipated releases of 2011. But, as much as I’m looking forward to ‘Scream 4’ on April 15th and to ‘Final Destination 5’ on August 26th, there’s no denying the fact that ‘Scream 3’ and ‘The Final Destination’ just weren’t very good. This is going to be a battle of redemption for each series and while our fingers are crossed both will exceed expectations, the horror film sequel odds are not in their favor.

Battle 1: Directors & Writers

‘Scream 4’
From the moment ‘Scream 4’ was announced, that seemed to be a likely winner. Why would Wes Craven return to a beloved franchise ten years later if he didn’t have a viable reason to do so? Originally, the answer was that he did have the reason to do so and it was likely because someone came up with a good story that made rebooting the franchise a worthy investment. After following the production process from beginning to end, hopes were still high, but then ‘My Soul to Take’ arrived and … yeah.

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