Every horror franchise struggles with titles once the number of sequels start piling up. Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives was an attempt to let fans know that Jason was still alive, despite several attempts to destroy him (and one copycat). The sixth Nightmare on Elm Street avoided numerals with the title Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare so that fans would be shocked when Freddy came back later in Wes Craven's New Nightmare. The makers of the fifth Final Destination movie and the seventh Saw must know that a flashy title is important in order to convince viewers to return to the theaters, but are they daring each other to invent the worst title ever? Battle of the bad titles - a new box office ploy? >> Posted 07.09.10 by Ryan
The makers of the fifth Final Destination movie have titled their sequel with a name that sets new heights of ridiculousness. While the fourth Final Destination eschewed having a number in its title, preferring The Final Destination (and the transparent illusion that the movie would be the last of the franchise), according to Bloody-Disgusting, the fifth Destination movie will be titled 5nal Destination ("five-nal destination?" asks anyone who can read). The title is, thankfully, tentative. Forget the name, what's it about? >> Posted 06.30.10 by Ryan
The Final Destination movies are usually about a group of friends who happen to cheat death until it comes to take its revenge, the franchise is no different. The Final Destination, a.k.a. Final Destination 4 was declared the last movie, until it cheated death with a box office take of $181 million dollars worldwide, despite getting panned by critics. NY Magazine reports that one New Line executive called The Final Destination "the worst film of the franchise." And that's not my opinion; that's everyone's opinion.
Part of The Final Destination's success was from 3-D, the first of the franchise to use the format. The other part was the international box office, totaling $116 million of the overall box office. Hoping to continue their success, New Line hired A Nightmare on Elm Street screenwriter Eric Heisserer to help bring the franchise back to basics, and have brought in a director that has experience not only with special effects but 3-D as well. A James Cameron Protege To Direct >> Posted 06.09.10 by Ryan
Producer Craig Perry promised that Final Destination 4, or The Final Destination as it was titled, was indeed the last of the franchise, saying that the movie "put this thing to bed in a great way." That is, until The Final Destination took the top spot at the box office in its opening weekend and tallied $181 million dollars worldwide. THR reports that a fifth installment is on the way, with Perry once again producing and New Line hiring A Nightmare on Elm Street and The Thing prequel screenwriter Eric Heisserer to write a script that New Line hopes won't be a total retread of the series. Read what Heisserer has said about #5 >> Posted 05.01.10 by Ryan
One of the extra features on the Final Destination DVD and Blu-Ray is a behind-the-scenes featurette. This isn't that unusual, except that the featurette isn't for The Final Destination, it's for the upcoming remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street.
The featurette includes footage from the movie, as well as Jackie Earle Haley discussing what it's like to play the knife-gloved killer Freddy Krueger. Check it out below. Posted 01.06.10 by Ryan
|Title ||Weekend ||Total ||Analysis |
|The Final Destination ||$28.3M ||$28.3M ||Neither heavily marketed nor screened for critics, 4th movie in series figures to do the best. We credit the casting of Krista Allen. |
|Inglourious Basterds ||$20.0M ||73.8M ||Critically acclaimed Basterds holds strong in 2nd week. |
|Halloween II ||$17.4M ||$17.4M ||Hello? It's August. Halloween isn't for another two months! |
|District 9 ||$10.7M ||$90.8M ||$30M budget now looks like a good investment for this unique sci-fi flick. |
|G.I Joe: The Rise of Cobra ||$8.0M ||$132.4M ||"Blockbuster" ekes out #5 spot with Julia and Julia nipping at its heels ($7.4M). |
Bomb of the Week: Who doesn't love Ang Lee? His resume is frankly one of the best in Hollywood (The Wedding Banquet, The Ice Storm, Brokeback Mountain), but neither critics nor fans seemed to care much for Taking Woodstock, his low-key take on the famed music festival earned just $3.8M on a budget of $30M. Posted 08.30.09 by reelz
This Friday, both The Final Destination and Halloween II hit theaters, but Destination's series producer Craig Perry isn't worried. Perry told ShockTilYouDrop that the two horror movies sharing the same release date won't stop The Final Destination from stealing the weekend away from Halloween II.
I'm shocked that they haven't moved [Halloween II]. I think that they're being fools because we're going to beat them and we are going to hurt them tremendously.
Perry continued with a little trash talking.
I like Halloween, I've seen all of the movies, but for me, I feel like [Halloween II] just feels like the standard, grungy, dirty guy with a mask. It doesn't seem like it's done anything new with it, and it feels like it'll be scary, but it doesn't feel like it'll be fun. One of the strategic things that we've done in contrast is make [The Final Destination] feel like it's a fun movie.
To see if Perry has the right to brag, here are two new TV spots for The Final Destination. What do you think — is Perry's Halloween bashing warranted? Posted 08.24.09 by Ryan
Two new clips have arrived online for The Final Destination (the latest from Bloody-Disgusting), which show off a few deadly and spoiler-filled moments from the movie. The Final Destination follows yet another teen with a premonition that saves his group of friends from a tragic accident only to find Death catching up to them anyway ... but this time Death arrives in sparkling RealD 3-D.
The Final Destination is set to arrive in theaters on August 28, for what may be the last time for the series. Producer Craig Perry has stated that this Destination is indeed the last and death will finally come for the popular horror franchise. Yeah, we're not buying it either.
Check out the clips below:
Posted 08.20.09 by Ryan
New Line has just released 24 new pictures for their upcoming release The Final Destination, the fourth movie in the series and supposedly the last. The movie centers around a another teenager (Bobby Campo) with a premonition that saves his friends' lives, though death has a way of catching up with those that escape it.
The Final Destination arrives in 3-D on August 28. Krista Allen, Nick Zano and Mykelti Williamson star. Posted 08.17.09 by Ryan
When The Final Destination opens on August 28, it will be the first Final Destination in 3 years and the fourth in 10 years. But will this be the, dare we say it, the final Final Destinaton? ShockTilYouDrop spoke with producer Craig Perry and asked that very question.
Well, there's a lot of factors. When we started talking about Final Destination 4, any time you see a four next to something, it feels like you're pushing your luck and making Leprechaun. We all kind of realized that as much as we obviously have a lineage that we want to follow that this will probably be the last movie for a variety of reasons and why not just do it right and call it The Final Destination. Actually, the marketing department had that stroke of genius that I think actually speaks to both the sort of consummation of the franchise, delivering on everything the first three are sort of positing, because we had a really healthy budget and there were a lot of things we could do that we could never do in the other movies. Finally, I think that we have ... I won't say that we've worn out our welcome, as much as we've come home and sort of put this thing to bed in a great way.
So why come back for another Final Destination?
At the end of the day, New Line said, "You know what? Final Destination 3 was the mostsuccessful, most profitable and the biggest opening weekend [they] had that year." At that point they were like, "Okay, let's see if we can justify another one." They commissioned a script. Like any movie, there's no greenlight. There's no guarantee. It all comes down to the script and Eric Brest, who, with his partner, wrote Final Destination 2 and have since been been working on their own individual projects, he came on board this draft and it was distinctive and interesting enough, and it had one extra overlay that further distinguishes it from the predecessors in a good way. It adds a different dimension (no pun intended), as how to look at death interacting in our world.
The latest TV spot doesn't exactly show the new "dimension," but does offer a sneak peek at what kind of 3D movie The Final Destination is going to be. Posted 08.13.09 by Ryan