The Final (2009) - After Dark Horrorfest 4

Genre(s): Horror
Lions Gate || R - 99 minutes - $19.98 || March 23, 2010
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2010-04-18


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Joey Stewart
Writer(s): Jason Kabolati (written by)
Cast: Marc Donato, Jascha Washington


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • Featurette
  • Deleted Scenes


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.40)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Thereís nothing more fun than talking about a renegade group of high school kids who get picked on so bad that they decide to drug their fellow classmates at a party and then massacre them one by one for hours on end. That last sentence was sarcasm for the record; donít go get all agitated at me now people. The Final is the seventh in the series of the After Dark Horrorfest 4 and one of the weaker ones sadly enough. The premise sounds promising but fails to excite and captivate audiences.

Dane (Marc Donato) is tired of him and his weird friends getting continually picked on at high school by the jocks, preps, and cheerleaders. His friends are in the same situation and want to finally show the popular kids that the nerds of the school deserve respect. Now you might ask yourself, just how do they decide to get that respect? Hold a peace conference? Run for class president? No, instead his group makes a conscious decision to drug their fellow classmates at a costume party and one-by-one kills them in vicious and despicable manners to teach them lessons.

Yes, this has a Saw mentality to it. I know Iím going to get yelled at for using that movie in some of my reviews, but this one does have that same genre to it. Throughout the night, as the classmates are tied to one another thru shackles, they are put through rigorous tests to prove their worth as humans. They are either forced to injure themselves, injure their loved ones, or pay the price and die. Kurtis (Jascha Washington) manages to escape with the help of one of his captors though and struggles to find help in the woods to hopefully save his classmates who never treated him wrong. Can Kurtis come to the rescue of the preps, jocks, cheerleaders, and any other typical stereotype I missed out or will the nerds and dorks rule the cabin that they preside in?

The film has an awesome premise, but as I wrote previously that it falls mercifully short due to lame characters and a failure of an ending. The ending was so stupid that I couldnít help but laugh and wonder who thought of it. The ending is so disappointing and made me want to stop watching so-called horror films altogether, thatís honestly how upset I was after viewing the flick. Oh, sorry, back to the premise.

The idea of the nerds and dorks taking control over the popular kids is an awesome idea and one Iím sure thatís been done multiple times but probably in a better fashion. The kids quickly take control, lead by Dane, of the classmates yet fail to extract their revenge on all of the people there. They only go through I think maybe six or seven before the so-called rampage ends after a brief runtime. The violence in the film is pretty mundane and petty at best, which is disappointing to write about.

If the premise had been improved, the violence raised and anything scary or horrifying happened than the review that I wrote up for this flick would be better. Instead, viewers are treated to a brief kidnapping, brief torturing, and an ending that is sure to cause riots in the household.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Commentary with Jason Kabolati and Joey Stewart: The two converse quite well on this track with fairly little downtime in between their comments, which is astounding for films these days. I enjoyed listening to this track much more than the film itself, so if you get the free time feel free to take a listen to these two.

Behind the Scenes (21 minutes): This is your typical behind the scenes extra that shows how some of the shots were made and cast/crew interviews. By far the best extra available here on the disc although thatís not really saying that much in comparison to the other stuff that can be viewed as extras.

Deleted Scene (1 minute): Yes, the producers decided to seriously put one deleted scene here if you so choose to view it when you have free time. Thereís nothing here relevant, so pass.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Average is the way to describe the transfer of this one, at least, in comparison to the rest of the series. Thereís nothing here thatís amazing to talk about as though the good and the bad of this transfer really cancel one another out. There is, as always, grain here but not the extent for some reason that the others have. That is probably due to the fact that the film is mostly in a house indoors with only a few of the shots outdoors. Brightness levels were decent but honestly there were some issues with flesh tone levels that had me wondering who checks the transfers. They were disproportionate to the rest of the cast, which is never a good thing to note.

The Dolby Digital 5.1 track is slightly impressive in comparison to the rest of the series, but not once again to the point of where I would call it amazing. Dialogue levels were fairly steady the entire film and not once did I tweak the volume up or down, which as always is great for a DVD release. The problem here is the lack of any surround sound. I actually checked periodically to make sure this was a 5.1 track and not a 2.0 track, as though almost all the sound comes straight from the center and front rear speakers. The few gunshot scenes to be had here didnít provide me with anything to go off of, as though they were dull sounding and nothing ear-catching.



.::OVERALL::.

Itís disparaging the way that each of these films ruins the ending by the little one-minute clip that starts the movie. The outcome is predictable, the characters flawed, and no real hot chicks in this one makes this a dull killing flick. Look Iím sorry alright? If thereís no hot chick for me to stare at then I normally tune out. This is one final you definitely want to pass on.