Movie Review: ‘Final Destination’ Series To Return


Poster courtesy of New Line Cinema.

Final Destination is a franchise full of blood, guts, and more blood. From planes to escalators, these films are sure to make you feel uneasy about everyday situations. The first movie came out in 2000, and sequels followed in 2003, 2006, 2009, and 2011. When Jeffery Reddick created the first movie, he intended it to be part of the X-Files series, but New Line Cinema released it as a film.

The films follow someone who has a premonition of a catastrophic disaster, then when they come back to reality, they realize it’s actually going to happen. They save themselves and several other people from the accident, but death doesn’t like to be cheated, so they start dying one by one, horribly gruesome deaths.

The violence, gore, language, and rare nudity make the movies R-rated. The movies are horror/thriller movies, but they are mostly slasher with no jump scares. I found the movies entertaining, as movie gore doesn’t gross me out, but if it makes you queasy, you definitely should not watch them. However, if you are interested in watching the movies, the third, fourth, and fifth ones are on Netflix. The first two are on Amazon, Apple TV, and several other streaming sites for $2.99.

A trailer for the 2000 film.

Now, like many movies, there’s a proper order to watch them in. Though the movies were released in the standard order of 1-5, you should watch the fifth movie first since it leads into the next one. All of the movies circle the plot of the first movie release: the disaster was a plane, and the flight number was 180. Everyone with a vision researches it and learns about Flight 180, and Alex, the boy who had the vision. A sixth installment of the movie is coming this year, and it will debut on HBO Max. It will follow the same plot structure, and actor Tony Todd will return to the series.

From slasher to physiological, I’ve always been a fan of horror movies, no matter the kind. I started the movie with low expectations as I thought it would be one of the low-budget gore films, but it certainly surpassed what I thought it’d be. All of the films are filled with suspense and the occasional comedic moments.

After watching the five movies, my stomach definitely was a bit turned, but that’s what’s so great about the films. You won’t be able to get them out of your mind. If you’re looking for gruesome, stomach-churning, foul movies, you should absolutely check out Final Destination.