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The Final Terror (1983)

R | | Horror | 28 October 1983 (USA)
A group of rangers go camping on unfamiliar forest grounds. All is well until the group members start getting picked off by a cunning, tactical, malevolent, killer in the woods.

Director:

Andrew Davis

Writers:

Jon George (screenplay), Neill D. Hicks (screenplay) (as Neill Hicks) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Friedrich ... Dennis Zorich
Adrian Zmed ... Marco Cerone
Ernest Harden Jr. ... Nathaniel Hines
Lewis Smith ... Boone
Rachel Ward ... Margaret
Daryl Hannah ... Windy Morgan
Akosua Busia ... Vanessa
Joe Pantoliano ... Eggar
Mark Metcalf ... Mike
Cindy Harrell ... Melanie
Irene Sanders Irene Sanders ... Sammie
Richard Jacobs Richard Jacobs ... Mr. Morgan
Donna Pinder Donna Pinder ... Mrs. Morgan
Jim Youngs ... Jim
Lori Butler ... Lori (as Lori Lee Butler)
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Storyline

A group of rangers go camping on unfamiliar forest grounds. All is well until the group members start getting picked off by a cunning, tactical, malevolent, killer in the woods.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

If you go down to the woods today you're sure of...

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Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 October 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Carnivore See more »

Filming Locations:

Crescent City, California, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Arkoff International See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was shot in 1981, but was shelved when the filmmakers couldn't find a distributor right away. It wasn't until 1983 when it was released to capitalize on the rising stardom of Daryl Hannah and Adrian Zmed. See more »

Goofs

When the bus is seen on the bridge alone, you can tell it is daylight, when it is supposed to be dark. See more »

Quotes

Dennis Zorich: If you people want to survive, you better start looking and thinking like the forest.
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Alternate Versions

An alternate version titled "The Creeper" includes some alternate footage and extended scenes not found in the regular "Final Terror" version. This version was never released in the US. See more »

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Utterly Forgettable
19 December 1999 | by S.A.B.See all my reviews

The 1981 horror film THE FINAL TERROR looks as if it were written and produced immediately following the surprise box office success of 1980's FRIDAY THE 13TH. Much like FRIDAY THE 13TH, THE FINAL TERROR involves a group of particularly annoying young people who are stalked by a mysterious killer deep in the backwoods, where they have set up camp. However, this film has very little of the graphic gore that made FRIDAY THE 13TH so memorable, while at the same time the plot and direction are not any better.

While the acting isn't bad, it is far from inspired and there is very little chemistry between the characters. For example, some of the campers have British accents while others have Southern accents, while the film is supposed to take place in northern California! At the same time, the acting is competent enough to prevent the film from qualification as "horror cheese."

Other than some good atmospheric cinematography, the only reason to see this film is to see all of the future talent involved. Director Andrew Davis would later direct THE FUGITIVE with Harrison Ford, while cast members Daryl Hannah and Rachel Ward would go on to be Hollywood stars. Otherwise, horror fans and non-horror fans alike should skip this bore of a film.

*1/2 out of ****


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