It seems you can’t kill death after all.
With the age of the horror reboot in full swing, even one of the most unique offerings the genre has ever seen will enjoy a second coming.
Final Destination was one of the more creative and inventive twists on horror at the time. And to date, few films have come close to capturing the unique magic it had.
The first film hit theaters nearly two decades ago, offering a new take on the typical horror motif. The Final Destination films weren’t about a supernatural monster or a deranged serial killer coming after the film’s protagonists. Instead, it was about death itself acting as the villain.
This didn’t mean it featured a skeleton in a black cloak with a scythe, either. Instead, it was about the immaterial concept of death coming after a small group of characters, claiming their lives either in grotesque, freak accidents or a series of unfortunate events linked together. It was like if the concept of death took an interest in Rube Goldberg machines. It was elaborate, but it worked.
The franchise spawned five films, as well as novels and comic books. The franchise seemed dead, especially after star Tony Todd basically said as much. But maybe he was talking about part six potentially hitting theaters. While that won’t happen, fans of the series will be able to enjoy a reboot which is officially in motion from New Line Cinemas.
The movie will have horror mainstays on the job, namely Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan. They’re about to release Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, a remake of Guillermo del Toro’s work. They’ve also worked on four movies from the popular Saw franchise, and the horror spoof Piranha 3DD – but we won’t talk much about that last one.
Previously, the reason for the series’ halt was simple – the films were too expensive to make. While blockbuster films are almost always hefty in terms of their financial burdens, Final Destination is a special case. With so many elaborate death scenes to create and so many complex sequences to capture on film, it can get costly quick.
The infamous traffic accident scene from part two reportedly took over a month to film, and cost at least 20 million by the time things were through. Take this in contrast to films like Annabelle, which can provide scares with relatively low costs, and it is easy to see why Final Destination went away for a bit.
But there’s arguably not a better time to bring it back than now. The horror genre has been in reboot mode for some time, and the comeback train isn’t slowing down. Late 2018 saw the return of Michael Myers in a new Halloween movie, featuring leading lady Jamie Lee Curtis.
2019 will also provide more trips down memory lane, as a reboot of Child’s Play and a remake of Pet Sematary are both scheduled for a theatrical release.