Final Terror Reviews
The only death scene that was done remotely well was the end scene when the villain is revealed and killed.
The movie looked pretty cool at times and went by very quickly.
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.
The story involves an old crazy lady who lives out in the woods and whoever she comes across, she kills. That's pretty much all you need to know about the whole film in general because this isn't a thinking piece of cinema.
Aside from a few bits of boredom, there a very limited number of kills in this movie and yet I didn't mind that because much of the film is atmospheric. You can still create a creepy movie without blood and this one does it well. I also liked how every now and then you would see a glimpse of the killer, but never too much. It made the climax much more frightening.
Much of the film is very dark, and I don't mean in tone, because you barely see much of the action. The direction is in the same style as 'Deliverance' and I liked how the killer turned out to be exactly who it was to begin with instead of some stupid twist where it was one of the campers.