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Final Destination 2
Death is like a boomerang. it keeps coming back
When Kimberly has a violent premonition of a highway pileup she blocks the freeway, keeping a few others meant to die, safe...Or are they? The survivors mysteriously start dying and it's up to Kimberly to stop it before she's next.
I love this 1 because it starts with two college aged women going away for spring break and one woman is standing in front of her house with her father and the other woman her friend says "can u hurry up I'm horny!"
If my friend ever said she was horny for sex in front of my father i would probably orchestrate a freak log accident myself tbh
The Final Destination introduced us to the subgenre of Slapstick Horror and I really liked the first part. It is for that reason that I tried to avoid the sequels as they are usually far worse as we all know.
This film is a great exception to that rule in that it takes what made the first one so original and enlarges and exaggerates it. The deaths are wonderfully over the top and so elaborate I can sense the glee and enjoyment had in thinking them up.
And that's perhaps the main reason I liked it so much. It's fun. It definitely focusses more on the slapstick side than on the horror which resulted in me laughing out loud and being grossed out at the same time.
And that opening car crash alone warrants a viewing.
There isn't a direct sequel in history that improved so much on the original. The amount of extrapolation from FD1 here is mind boggling.
If Buster Keaton made a horror movie, it would be Final Destination 2. A
This is the essence of formulaic film making as a positive quality rather than shorthand for lazy and insipid dreck. The franchisee owners distillate exactly what worked most effectively from the establishment feature. They then had all the perfect ingredients to make the best possible cake of horror, one that when you go to put it into the microwave doesn't explode and start a fire just at the moment that you accidentally drop your phone in the toilet and you dive in after it but your face gets too close to the bowl and the vapours of your roommates stinky poo make you pass out on the bathroom floor while your apartment goes up in flames…
This could be a copy and paste review of Final Destination, a welcome addition on the first yet it does differ in becoming so laughably overblown in its situations and dialogue. Yet lovably absurd.
The sequel follows Kimberly (Cook) and yet another group of people she cheats out of death by avoiding a pileup. With links to the first, a year since with the ripples still being felt.
There's absurdity, and then there's Final Destination 2. It's gorier than the first and more ambitious with the concept but it's so mixed with its tone. Is…
FD2 brings a sicker sense of humor, more blood, and a larger sense of mythology to a franchise perfectly suited to all of those things. The opening 'near death' experience is completely baller and, unlike its predecessor, the film never really slackens.
Same formula, new players, similar outcome. Felt a bit less dated and has some creative kills. But the nostalgia factor of teen actors that I identify with probably still places the first one above it... excited to get to the rest of the series. I've heard good things about the 3rd and 5th.
I loved the first Final Destination, and this might actually be even better.
I watched a short about FD1 where they revealed that they changed the tone of the ending in response to test screening feedback. They mercifully downplayed the romantic subplot BS and went out with a final jump.
Final Destination 2 has the benefit of knowing exactly what it's going for from the start, and it absolutely revels in it. Surprisingly, the atmosphere of dread that hung over the first movie has lightened a bit--FD2 ends up as a gruesome black comedy.
Though the deaths are more spectacular, this sequel suffers from an inconsistent tone and unintentionally humerus moments on top of the contradictory and conveluted plot the first one suffered from.
Again, I found myself loving this.
Day 22 of 31 Days of Horror:
"You ever hear of the ozone layer, asshole?!"
The story is not bad and the death sequences were creative.
75/100; 11/31 in October
Fuck I'm so late I'll never catch up. I blame Westworld, Scream Queens and AHS: Roanoke for taking over my screen time. I'll do my best.
Once again this was better than I expected. I'd say it was better than the first movie. Also between the two installments Ali Larter went from mildly attractive to super hot.
YOU HEAR ME YOU REAPER COCKSUCKER!!
This one is alot of fun. It really stretches it's legs in the formula and gets the tone right. Any horror fan needs to check this out.
The 2016 (2nd) edition of the list. You can see the original and more info here.
With a list of…
All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…