Poofhawk Rating 1-10: 7 (great to watch at least once)
For this Shivering Showtime Staurday, I have decided to review the movie The Final written by Jason Kabolati. This film is part of the After Dark Horrorfest 4 collection. Many times while having friends over for a movie night, this film has been overlooked on Netflix. However, I have a soft spot for horror b-movies, so I finally watched it on my own. Even the first Evil Dead was a low-budget film that shockingly became a "cult classic".
Now if your looking for a horror that will cause frightening nightmares or compels you to pull the covers over your feet at to calm yourself at night, this is not the film for you. Nonetheless, if your searching for an entertaining, thrilling flick with a pinch of gore and a massive amount of teenage angst, you will not be disappointed. The Final was astoundingly tasteful even with the premise of the movie being school related violence. The story line and the characters were very believable. If you were like me in high school, a bit of a misfit, under-appreciated, and misunderstood, you tend to empathize with the with the "Villains"...to a point, of course. This film reveals the most nefarious and disturbing mentality of a person's mind. Personally, I would be lying if I didn't admit I have daydreamed harm against those who have wronged me. Humans are sinful, by nature. I feel that we all have had a personal horror show in our minds, that we have chosen to contain. Let's not forget the story of Noah and the Ark. God flooded the earth because of an abundance of violence in the world.
The Final did have a small amount of gore, but relied more on suspense to captivate their audiences. I do enjoy the suspenseful nature of the film, but I would of liked more of a cringing sensation while watching. Though, I did feel the methods of torment were unique and well crafted. It gives you indication that these abused souls may be sinister, but are quite intelligent.
In conclusion, I do recommend watching The Final at least once. It is not the type of film you will feel the need to watch over and over, but it is chillingly enthralling.