The Final Terror


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Daryl Hannah as Windy Morgan
Joe Pantoliano as Eggar
Rachel Ward as Margaret
Adrian Zmed as Marco Cerone
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by The Film Buff 5 / 10

Slick but unfulfilling

Tired, uninvolving FRIDAY THE 13th clone in the same vein as JUST BEFORE DAWN (1981). Five obnoxious forest rangers take their underdeveloped girlfriends into the forest to do some work. One night at a campfire one of the group tells the others of a deranged old hag haunting the surrounding woods, killing anybody who crosses her path. The next day, one of the group mysteriously disappears and another is brutally murdered. After several unsuccessful attempts at escape the group finally manages to set a trap for the killer and destroy her once and for all.

THE FINAL TERROR is a mixed bag; On one hand there's gorgeous photography, nice scenery, a scary killer, some good 'n creepy moments and a fantastic cast. But for every good point there's a bad: annoying characters, a sloppy script, slow pacing, little gore, and no imagination. There are some very memorable moments: The killer making her presence known by throwing a dead body onto a passing raft, the brutal murder of a butt-naked Mark Metcalf in a glistening stream, and, in my favorite scene in the entire movie, when the remaining friends huddle up together in the darkened bus as the killer scuttles across the roof, smashing axes and poles through the blackened windows. Unfortunately, THE FINAL TERROR is too dull for its own good. Scenes of the teens screaming at each other and running through the woods get boring after a while and we don't really care what happens to them. Admittedly, I did like the climax where the hag finally reveals herself only to be impaled on a row of spikes as the group watches in shock. But for the most part, THE FINAL TERROR is a pretty lame movie. It's up to you.

Reviewed by AngryChair 7 / 10

An OK terror, but it's hardly final.

Young forest rangers and their lady friends take a trip into the wilderness and are terrorized by a woodsy maniac.

Yet another slasher in the wake of Friday the 13th (1980), this one being OK as it tries to be a little different from the rest of its kind. This film tries to focus a little more on mood and suspense, rather than on gore and sex, although it does have it's share of that too. With the help of a decent cast, featuring some latter-day stars like Hannah and Ward, The Final Terror manages to be an entertaining enough effort. There's a few shocks, a good rock music score, and a creepy villain that also help carry the movie.

It's a far cry from the superior likes of Just Before Dawn (1981), but it certainly beats the lesser efforts of movies like Don't Go in the Woods (1981) or The Prey (1984).

** 1/2 out of ****

Reviewed by ultra_violent 9 / 10

Not your average body count film; in fact, not a body count film at all

Oh boy, oh boy, what do we have here? "The Final Terror" is a film that eluded me for years. After nearly a decade, I've finally gotten around to seeing it, and it blew my expectations out of the water. The plot is routine on the surface: A (rather large) group of campers go on an excursion into the woods of Northern California. When one of them goes missing after a prank, they split up to search for their lost compatriot, only to lose two more. The excursion slowly becomes a survivalist expedition as the remaining campers scramble to get out of the woods alive with a mysterious killer on their tails.

For all the criticism that "The Final Terror" gets, it also gets a lot of deserved love from genre fans; it's an unusual movie. Part slasher flick, for sure, but not entirely— it's equal parts thriller and equal parts survivalist adventure film. Directed by Andrew Davis, who later went on to become a major Hollywood director, the film is exceptionally photographed, accentuating the natural settings and capturing the thick blackness of a night in the wilderness. In that sense, it's reminiscent of 1981's "Just Before Dawn", though "The Final Terror" was actually filmed around the same time (both in 1980— "The Final Terror" had some release issues before finally hitting screens in '83).

As a slasher film, it curiously takes its time to really get going, and also curiouser is the unusually small body count it tallies up; in fact, only one member of the camping group actually falls prey to the killer; two other unnamed characters in the beginning are killed for the sake of establishment, and the two other deaths that come at the end are very anti-slasher (I won't discuss them so as not to spoil the ending). When you take this into consideration, along with the film's "Deliverance"-style tone and the guerrilla warfare camaraderie that evolves among the campers, it really put the film more in the vein of a backwoods thriller or adventure flick than it does a slasher.

The cast is made up of a surprisingly large number of budding Hollywood stars, namely Adrian Zmed, Rachel Ward, Joe Pantoliano, and Daryl Hannah (yes, that's right— Daryl Hannah). The talent of the actors involved her really shines through and bolsters the effectiveness of the proceedings, as the performances are far above the standard for '80s slasher films. The characters are incredibly believable, which I think is also helped by the straight-shooting script. There is an unusual sense of authenticity about the film in that the campers seem like real campers, and their reactions to the events they find themselves a part of seem real. They also don't make stupid decisions; there is no "final girl", and there aren't characters foolishly wandering off by themselves to be killed. The characters in the film are savvy and strategic, sticking together as a unit, even when they're being chased through the woods in the middle of the night by an apparently blade-wielding monster. These unusually bright decisions are perhaps the reason why most of them survive.

Overall, "The Final Terror" is one of the '80s horror oddballs that is even weirder than most because it's not the backwoods body count film you'd expect it to be— in fact, it's not a body count film at all. At times it does work with the elements of slasher pictures, but moreover, it's a wilderness survival thriller with a killer thrown in the mix. Classy photography, a talented cast, and surprisingly intelligent writing really put this film head-and-shoulders above many of its peers. It's thrilling, engaging, and above everything else, it's smart, which is one of the last adjectives I'd expect to use when describing an '80s "slasher" film. Highlights: the nighttime group chase scene through the woods, the guerrilla warfare ending, and, of course, a young Daryl Hannah. 9/10.

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