Release Date: August 12, 2011 Studio: New Line Cinema Director: Steven Quale Screenwriter: Eric Heisserer Starring: Emma Bell, Nick D’Agosto, Miles Fisher, Arlen Escarpeta, Jaqueline MacInnes Wood, P.J. Byrne, Ellen Wroe, Courtney B. Vance, David Koechner, Tony Todd Genre: Horror MPAArating: R (for strong/violent gruesome accidents, and some language) Official Website:FinalDestinationMovie.com Buy Movie Poster:Teaser Trailer (5.10.11): Quicktime TV Spots #1-3 (7.20.11): Flash Player Film Clips #1-5 (8.7.11): Flash Player
Death is just as omnipresent as ever and is unleashed after one man’s premonition saves a group of co-workers from a terrifying suspension bridge collapse. But this group of unsuspecting souls was never supposed to survive, and, in a terrifying race against time, the ill-fated group frantically tries to discover a way to escape Death’s sinister agenda.
If you polled the horror community in an effort to find out what most fans think is wrong with the current state of the genre, it’s likely that “a lack of originality” would receive the highest percentage of votes. It’s no secret that the landscape of the genre has been absolutely flooded with unoriginality in the past decade, with remakes, sequels and shameless rip-offs comprising the large majority of the recent horror movie output.
That said, there are remakes, sequels and yes, even rip-offs, that get it right, and give a good name to this inherent lack of originality. True, we’ve seen some pretty awful remakes in recent years as well as more than a handful of sequels that were clearly made for the sole purpose of capitalizing on an established brand, but we’ve also gotten some pretty good examples of both, which oftentimes get forgotten while we’re spending so much time focusing on the bad.
Continuing our “Best/Worst in Horror 2011″ coverage, here is contributing writer Paul Doro’s selections. As I stated earlier with Jeff Allard’s top 5, each writer is bringing his own opinion to the table, so please respect that. We love healthy debate, so use our comment boards with respect. – Ryan Turek, Managing Editor