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The Final Terror (1983)

R | | Horror | 1 May 1983 (USA)
A group of rangers go camping on unfamiliar forest grounds. All is well until the group members begin to start getting picked off by a cunning, tactical, malevolent, killer in the woods.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Friedrich ...
Dennis Zorich
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Marco Cerone
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Nathaniel Hines
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Boone
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Margaret
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Windy Morgan
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Vanessa
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Eggar
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Mike
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Melanie
Irene Sanders ...
Sammie
Richard Jacobs ...
Mr. Morgan
Donna Pinder ...
Mrs. Morgan
Jim Youngs ...
Jim
Lori Butler ...
Lori (as Lori Lee Butler)

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This terrifying movie takes place out in the backwoods where a group of rangers go camping. But when one of the group snaps, and leaves one by one some of the group disappears. It is left up to the rest of the group to defend themselves against this evil. With the killer disguised as the forest surroundings, one of their group held hostage, and a terrifying attack on their tour bus leaving it incapable of travel and one of them with a major injury they have to turn the tables on the killer. Written by ANDREW LINES <peter@stmartins.f9.co.uk>

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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 »

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

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Dennis Zorich: If you people want to survive, you better start looking and thinking like the forest.
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25 September 2008 | by (the Mad Hatter's tea party.) – See all my reviews

The inspirational for this sub-standard, low-budget woodland slasher/survival horror is obvious ('Friday the 13th'and 'Deliverance'), but even then it took the hackneyed clichés and kind of added its own messy slab to the well-worn formula. Was it for the better? I don't know? What fell by the wayside was the overall pacing due to there being too little to the transparent story and simply having the characters going through the motions. Too much dead air with a small body count and not enough thrills. When they were inserted, it was feeble. Other then a decent opening (with that smoking theme song) and thunderously outlandish closing, in between was a lot of repetitively aimless parading. It's easy through those parts because of the beautifully authentic setting that was fluidly photographed. Although the nocturnal scenes are poorly lit. Director Andrew Davis (who would go onto to be a pivotal action deliverer with titles like 'The Package' (1989), 'Under Siege (1992) and 'The Fugitive' (1993) and many more) does a quite passive, if workman-like job without the setting the world alight. There's true grit, but the attacks are telegraphed and rushed leaving it struggling to sustain any sort of momentum in its attempts of suspense. Atmosphere on the other hand, breathes some starkness and the environment moodily blends well with Susan Justin's eerily unhinged music score and penetrating forest sounds. The cast is more interesting to look at on paper, than actually watching their performances. Really the material doesn't allow much room for growth and makes them all unappealingly disposable. Too many I guess. Daryl Hannah, Adrian Zmed and Rachel Ward are fine. Joe Pantoliano in a short role makes the most in an over-exaggeratedly on-edge turn and Lewis Smith's unpredictable character kept one amused. It has its moments, but fails to really come out of first-gear.


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