The Final Terror [with Commentary]

5.21 h 23 min1983R
A group of forest rangers go camping in the woods, and trespass into an area where a backwoods mama likes to kill people who come onto her turf.
Andrew Davis
John Friedrich, Adrian Zmed, Ernest Harden Jr., Lewis Smith
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Denise H.Reviewed in the United States on April 16, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Confused but oooh actual trees!!
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When you're on lockdown, this movie is ok bc there's so much outdoor stuff. Trees, rivers, pretty kool overhead shots. I give them props for filming what appears to be the majority of the film outdoors.That's pretty great considering the list of well-known actors who were in this before they hit the trailer and entourage for you Daryl, just put ur leaves on and get on your mark.haha
Aside from the visuals and soon-to-be-stars cast, this movie is a jumbled mess of all kinds of crazy. I still don't know what 'group' this outdoor bunch is supposed to be....some kinda inner-city at-risk teens or work-release juvenile detainees??? And later on, one of them starts trippin about Vietnam...literally makes no sense....However old he is, assuming he's in the same age range as the others, he wouldn't have been old enough to *be* in Vietnam let alone have flashbacks.
The characters are really really incredibly badly written. I thought the premise was "typical American teens go to the woods for naughty weekend fun," but suddenly after the trip starts to become a bit 'rough' shall we say, half of them suddenly become British, accent and all. HUH???
Lets talk 'bad decision making.' Yes 80's was slasher horror of epic proportions, launching the careers of Jason and Freddie, among others. In this particular movie, a bunch of men from some kinda forest-related thingy, decide it's a good weekend to get laid and rely on one of the bosses(?) to find them women-friends of his girlfriend. Ok...fine....but instead of being sensible and just going to a Red Roof, they decide to go rafting 60 miles into the wild, while being driven on a junky bus whose driver is, um, DERANGED. And despite all the very very obviously terrible choices, instead of choosing the Don't Tell Motel, they all go merrily off on the crazy bus. Dumb, people, dumb.
I'm not giving the movie away when I say, they all know who the "killer" is from the begining--and yet STILL go on this stupid outing. What was even more astonishing was that in order to even begin the 60 mile rafting, they have to "clear the river" of trees and debris!!!! No! Just NO!!! Who does that????! Literally even the psycho bus guy tells them there's a nicer area closer by where they won't have to remodel the forest --but they ignore him because he's a 'crazy psycho killer.' Oy vey:(
In another part of the Land of Bad Decisions, when being pursued by murderous something, why would you 1)eat magic mushrooms and/or 2)get repeatedly high while being pursued by the monster?? Who does that? Tell me, idiot residents of Stupid Forest, why would you do these things? Do you think you can get high enough that the monster will decide not to kill you? Or maybe that you'll just imagine the monster *not* being there? Why such bad decisions??? And in an even more bizarre turn, the mushrooms in question were stolen from the "monsters" house. What killer/monster/whatever, keeps jars of magic mushrooms around? Does the monster need a trip to Rehab? Again, this whole thing is the result of really really bad writing.
To their credit, the effects people came up with a great "monster"--I'll keep calling it that so as to not spoil anything if you decide to watch this thing. The monster costume is really unique and has some interesting parts to it...none of which are explained by the movie...I mean you can come up with a theory why this is that and whatever, but overall it's kinda like, huh that's interesting. It was apparent they didn't have a very large costume budget so what they created was pretty ingenious, however it doesn't entirely fit with the character of "the monster." Just watch and you'll get what I mean.
I honestly would rate this higher because you're seeing stars in the making, pretty interesting killer-costume, and beautiful scenery--and I give huge props to the actors for being able to perform outside the studio in actual forest. But I have to say they plot is really really terrible and they literally give away the entire murdery plot on the bus ride...and then knowing they're going on a ride to their deaths, they still actually continue on. Terrible terrible writing. But great scenery.
The opening sequence pretty much sums of the movie--tree limb rigged to kill using metal lids from tin cans...interesting premise suitable for The Walking Dead even, but not enough decent script to create more than a few interesting scenes. Just enjoy the trees.
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Jason & KellyReviewed in the United States on October 18, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Movie nerds will love this
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Horror fans & movie nerd will love this movie.
It's a more obscure title, but it checks out... This movie has some future stars in it, but that's not the main attraction... The non-famous actors steal the show in my opinion. THIS MOVIE IS CREEPY AS HELL. But it's weird. It's a slow burner, like ramps up very slowly like a hockey-stick curve, as many movies did back then.
At the time of this movie's release, Friday the 13th, part 1,2,& 3 had already been released in theaters, so this is basically a rip-off movie... Although this movie seems very 70's & feels older than those films... The print of this movie, that they took the transfer from isn't in the best condition, but because it was shot on film, it holds up well enough, even viewed on my 75inch TV.
rollerkaneReviewed in the United States on June 10, 2017
3.0 out of 5 stars
Gettin' Dark, Too Dark To See
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The picture quality is pretty bad, and the lighting is even worse (prepare to miss a good chunk of action during the night scenes--which make up 95% of the film), but if you can look past that, then this is actually a pretty solid '80s Slasher. It doesn't break new ground or anything, and the killer could have been cooler and the end less predictable, but they did well with what they had and gave us some likable characters who weren't total dunderheads. It's definitely worth a watch for anyone who loves the Slasher Golden Age (like I do), and it's a lot of fun to see Adrian Zmed, Daryl Hannah, Mark Metcalf, and Joe Pantoliano in early performances.
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Michael DobeyReviewed in the United States on June 29, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
80's slasher in the woods with good actors.
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this is a decent low budget slasher in the woods film. the print looks good on this blu ray upgrade. The actors are good too. None of these movies are great cinema but they sure are fun in a horror way. We can enjoy all the mayhem because we know it is not real. Up and coming actors are in this one too. So it's a good little horror film to add to your collection.
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Raven House MysteryReviewed in the United States on May 21, 2017
3.0 out of 5 stars
but that is partly because the terrified group of wilderness hikers make some surprisingly smart decisions throughout the film
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This is a decent slasher film from 1983 with an impressive cast and directed by Andrew Davis (who would go on to direct the action films "Code Of Silence", "Under Siege" and "The Fugitive"). The body count is fairly low for a genre film, but that is partly because the terrified group of wilderness hikers make some surprisingly smart decisions throughout the film. Definitely worth seeing for genre fans.
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Pumpkin ManReviewed in the United States on February 25, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Boring Horror Movie With Hardly Any Body Count!!!
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Meh, this wasn't too good. I was hoping for decent amount of gore and a good body count, but I think only 3 or 4 people died. Way too many survivors for a slasher. Lots of missed opportunities. It was mostly about young adults trying to survive in the forest with an unknown presence watching and stalking them. The killer reveal was kinda lame. I probably wouldn't recommend THE FINAL TERROR!!!
TechnoMachinima1996Reviewed in the United States on November 1, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
An underrated diamond in the rough.
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It starts out with this couple named Jim and Lori that are riding on a motorbike until they wipe out while trying to avoid some downed branches. Jim gets wounded and his girlfriend Lori walks away for a bit to hope to find help. It isn't long before she finds him dead and she soon stumbles into an unexpected booby trap. Next there are this group of ten young male campers are preparing for a little R&R at a campground named Mill Creek. The campers names are Dennis, Marco, Nathaniel, Boone, Mike, and Eggar. Their pushy and irritating mechanic/bus driver Eggar the one in the group that they all pick on (played by Joe Pantoliano, The Matrix, Bound, The Adventures of Pluto Nash, Teresa's Tattoo) tries to talk them out of going there not long after he hears the news on the radio about people coming there and never returning. He tries to talk them into going to Wolf Creek instead, but none of them listen to him plus they make fun of him. They make a stop to pick up the rafts and four beautiful women to join them. Their names are Windy( Daryl Hannah, Blade Runner, Grumpy Old Men 1&2, Splash, At Play in the Fields of the Lord,etc.) Melanie, Margaret(Rachel Ward, Against All Odds, Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid, Night School) and Vanessa. After Boone tells a scary story that for some reason, upsets Eggar he decrees that they should all leave the next day. Come the next day, Marco and Eggar are nowhere to be seen. Without giving away too much, several weird things are happening and some of the campers either disappear or turn up dead. With the isolation that they are in and being that they are roughing it, finding who the killer is, as well as dodging the killers booby traps, will prove to be no walk in the woods.

The scenery is breathtakingly beautiful and picturesque, but also very isolating in every possible way.

There's not alot to the characters; some are funny and love to make jokes and pull pranks, some are scheming, a couple of them are annoying, and some are hot and attractive. Daryl Hannah and Rachel Ward definitely make for smoking hot and drop dead gorgeous eye-candy.

Unfortunately there's no nudity. Also the body count could've been bigger too. None-the-less, what this movie does offer is gripping suspense, a total mystery as to who the killer is, a beautiful yet very isolating area, a pretty good cast, a little bit of gore. The gore is well enough done for what it is. The musical score is quite tense also. What the campers have to do about the killer is pretty cool all in all.

While this movie isn't exactly Friday the 13th all those aforementioned things make this movie interesting, gripping, suspenseful, sexy, unpredictable, and I just can't emphasize the great cast enough. I can't do this movie any better justice than this, so definitely check it out if you want a slasher that's fairly different.
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CricketReviewed in the United States on October 11, 2009
3.0 out of 5 stars
Please Locate a Better Print!!
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As the other reviewers have mentioned, the transfer to dvd is bad. Most notably, the first 5-10 minutes are almost unwatchable and inaudible. If you can get past the credits, the rest of the transfer is acceptable....but not great. The story itself is entertaining. The setting even seems dark and creepy in the daytime, but I suspect that has to do with the bad transfer. Still, a bad dvd transfer is better than no transfer at all. It has what would have been considered an "all-star cast" in the latter part of the eighties, including Daryl Hannah, Rachel Ward, Joe Pantoliano, and Adrian Zmed. However, they were virtual unknowns at the time and unfortunately, they are unknown today to younger audiences. The film also stars the guy from the Twisted Sister videos, "We're Not Gonna Take It" and "I Wanna Rock," but his name escapes me at the moment. He is one of those supporting actors whose face you know, but whose name you don't. I believe he also starred in "Animal House" and "One Crazy Summer" to name a couple of eighties movies.

The storyline is similar to that of "Don't Go in the Woods...Alone." It follows a group of young men and their girlfriends to a weekend in the woods. Inevitably, suspense, murder and mayhem ensue. As another reviewer also mentioned, there is very little bloodshed. Additionally, it has the least kills of any slasher movie I've ever seen. If you like suspense and don't really like gore, you'll like this movie. Personally, I like both, but I'd rather have a good storyline than a nonsensical movie full of gore. I won't give away the plot, but I will say it has the usual twist-ending, as with most horror movies. Overall, I would give the movie fours stars, but I'm only giving it three due to the poor dvd transfer. Hopefully, someone who was connected to this movie will locate a better print in his basement or storage unit some day (which is what happened with "House on Sorority Row" recently. I've already put that one in my wishlist.) Until then, I'll have to make due with the copy I have.
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