"The Final Terror" came out during the early '80's heyday of slasher flicks when the abundance of drive-in theaters ensured that every film like it would have a place to be shown. Now, with the innovation of the DVD, this film is still hanging around even though it's completely unworthy of your time.
A lot of bad films came out during that era, and this is quite simply one of the worst. It has gained some attention because it features some big names in front of and behind the camera, but none of those people give any indication here that they would go on to bigger and better things. Daryl Hannah and Rachel Ward aren't given much to do in this dreck other than scream and look scared, and Joe Pantoliano chews the scenery in his first acting role where he just has to be grumpy and hide the secret that passes for the film's final weak twist ending.
But the biggest surprise here is that this was directed by Andrew Davis, who would go on to be a respected action film director behind films like "The Fugitive". Not since James Cameron started his career with "Piranha 2" has a filmmaker made such an impressive turnaround. This film is dull and so dark that half the time you can't tell what's happening anyway. It's slow-moving, and the special effects are less-than-spectacular. When you're competing with similar films that have Tom Savini working for them, you need to be better than this.
I'm not a believer in the critics who say that these types of films are all interchangeable because there are good and bad examples of every genre. "The Final Terror"is one that you can easily avoid.