The Final Destination films have been carving out a niche in the horror genre since 2000, sending teenagers through a succession of complex and brutal ‘accidents.’ In the films, a series of young people are slain in ostensibly random encounters in the ultimate game of survival.
Isn’t that terrifying? Perhaps, but the films have been well received by viewers, resulting in a successful series of pictures. With each new entry, there are new ways to die, such as a stadium tragedy and… umm… an unfortunate occurrence involving sunbeds.
But how many Final Destination films are there, and how can you watch them in order? If you’re a fan of the show, you presumably already know the answer, but if you’re just tuning in for the first time, this piece will come in handy.
Final Destination is a supernatural horror film directed by James Wong and written by Wong, Glen Morgan, and Jeffrey Reddick, based on a tale by Reddick, that was released in 2000.
Devon Sawa, Ali Larter, Kerr Smith, and Tony Todd star in the first part of the Final Destination film series. Sawa plays an adolescent who manages to avoid death despite foreseeing a devastating plane crash.
He and a few of his classmates get off the plane before it explodes, but Death steals the lives of those who were supposed to die on board.
Critics gave the picture a mixed response.
Positive reviews praised the film for “generating a respectable amount of suspense,” “playful and energized enough to keep an audience guessing,” “an unexpectedly alert teen-scream disaster chiller,” and Sawa’s performance, while negative reviews panned the film as “dramatically flat” and “aimed at the teen dating crowd,” and Sawa’s performance.
Sawa’s performance won the Saturn Award for Best Horror Film and Best Performance by a Younger Actor. The success of the film created a media franchise that includes four more films, as well as a series of novels and comic books.
Final Destination 2 is a supernatural horror film directed by David R. Ellis that was released in 2003. J. Mackye Gruber and Eric Bress wrote the screenplay, which was based on a scenario by Gruber, Bress, and series creator Jeffrey Reddick.
It is the second episode of the Final Destination film series and the sequel to the 2000 film Final Destination. Ali Larter, A. J. Cook, and Michael Landes feature in the film.
Following the box office success of Final Destination, New Line Cinema approached Reddick about developing a sequel. New Line replaced the majority of the production team because the original film’s crew was unavailable.
Vancouver and Okanagan Lake were used for filming.
On January 31, 2003, Final Destination 2 was released, then on July 22, 2003, it was published on DVD, with commentaries, deleted scenes, documentaries, and videos.
Critics gave the picture a mixed response. Positive reviews praised the film as “a real jolter for horror fans” that “recognizes the close relationship between fright and laughter” and “surprisingly good fun for the current crop of horror films,”.
While negative reviews panned it as a “silly and illogical” work that “begins with the same flawed premise” as its predecessor, positive reviews praised it as “a real jolter for horror fans” that “recognizes the close relationship between.
The film earned $90 million internationally after grossing $46 million domestically and $43 million overseas, making it the lowest-grossing picture in the Final Destination franchise.
It also received four nominations, including a Saturn Award nomination for Best Horror Film. In February 2006, a third film, Final Destination 3, was released.
Final Destination 3 is a supernatural horror film directed by James Wong that was released in 2006. It is the third episode in the Final Destination film series and is a standalone sequel to Final Destination 2 (2003).
Final Destination 3 garnered mixed reviews from critics. Some critics panned the picture, saying it was conventional and didn’t add anything new to the franchise, while others commended it for being entertaining and meeting the expectations of its target audience.
Reviewers praised two death scenarios, one using tanning beds and the other involving a nail gun, as well as Winstead’s performance.
The film was a financial success, generating approximately $118 million at the box office, making it the franchise’s highest-grossing episode at the time. In August 2009, a fourth film, The Final Destination, was released.
The Final Destination (sometimes referred to as Final Destination 4) is a 2009 American supernatural horror film directed by David R. Ellis and written by Eric Bress.
Bobby Campo, Shantel VanSanten, and Mykelti Williamson star in the fourth installment of the Final Destination film series and the second solo sequel following Final Destination 3.
The picture, which was produced by New Line Cinema, depicts a group of people who survive a car accident during a race, with Death chasing and killing them one by one.
Following the commercial success of Final Destination 3, a fourth picture was in the works, with Bress penning the script. Producer Craig Perry and New Line Cinema were so thrilled with the storyline that they decided to make a fourth film.
James Wong was supposed to direct, however, he had to withdraw due to schedule issues. As a result of his work on Final Destination 2, studio management chose David R. Ellis to return, who gladly accepted because of the 3-D.
Filming for the film began in March 2008 and was completed in late May of that year.
Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema released The Final Destination in theatres on August 28, 2009.
It is the first picture in the series to be shot in HD 3D, and it is also the most successful Final Destination film, generating $186 million worldwide. Critics largely gave the picture a bad assessment.
Final Destination 5, the franchise’s fifth installment, was released in August 2011.
Final Destination 5 is a supernatural horror film directed by Steven Quale and written by Eric Heisserer that was released in 2011. It is the fifth film in the Final Destination series and serves as a prequel to the first.
Nicholas D’Agosto, Emma Bell, Miles Fisher, Arlen Escarpeta, David Koechner, and Tony Todd star in Final Destination 5, which depicts a young guy (D’Agosto) who has a premonition and saves a group of people from death when a suspension bridge begins to fall.
They quickly find, however, that they cannot avoid death.
Despite the fact that The Final Destination was originally intended to be the franchise’s final film, the development of Final Destination 5 began in 2010 due to its financial success. As with the previous three chapters, filming took place in Vancouver.
The movie was a financial success, collecting $157 million worldwide on a $40 million budget, making it the franchise’s second highest-grossing picture.