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Trivia

(at around 4 mins) The race car that skids away from the oil slick in the beginning. Its sound effect is that of a dolphin squeak.
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(at around 11 mins) The film's opening titles recreates death scenes from all three of the previous Final Destination films.
During the car wash scene, Haley Webb actually broke the car window when she was pounding on it. The editors left the shot in.
(at around 41 mins) When Nick is driving he pulls up to a sign that causes him to have a premonition, the sign is clearly marked Clear Rivers Water. Clear Rivers was a central character in both Final Destination (2000) and Final Destination 2 (2003).
(at around 6 mins) The car that crashes at the speedway has the number 666 on it.
The Final Destination series began when Flight 180 crashed in Final Destination (2000). (at around 1 min) At the race track, the victims are seated in area 180 (as shown on a sign behind them) and (at around 34 mins) the video camera footage briefly shows the number on the screen and (at around 1h 13 mins) a bus in the final scene is clearly marked on the roof as number 180.
The race track is called "McKinley Speedway" which was the name of the Town, High School and character Ian McKinley (Kris Lemche) in Final Destination 3 (2006).
(at around 40 mins) Nick Zano ad-lib the "donkey punch" line in the sex scene. Zano stated in an interview that David R. Ellis encouraged him to make up outrageous lines in various takes.
The first Final Destination film not to feature Tony Todd, due to his scheduling conflicts with Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
(at around 50 mins) After the car wash sequence, Janet is seen speaking with someone with a clipboard. The wrecker in front of her vehicle is the same one that Carter was killed with.
In every premonition that Nick has after the accident the words "It's Here" appears somewhere.
The film within the film, "Love Lies Dying", is actually Renny Harlin's The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996). The explosion shown in the film is the climax of that film. The music repeatedly used in that film is the cue "The Strangers are tuning" by Trevor Jones, from Alex Proyas' Dark City (1998). Both are New Line productions.
(at around 19 mins) The racist is seen drinking Hice Pale Ale. This is the same brand of beer that was seen in Final Destination 2 and 3. In Final Destination 2 (2003) there is a drunk driver driving the Hice Pale Pale Beer truck before the pile-up, and in the third movie it drives past the drive-through behind Wendy and Kevin and squishes their truck against the wall. The name 'Hice' comes from the stunt coordinator Freddie Hice who did the stunt work for Final Destination 2.
Ashley Tisdale auditioned for the part of Gearhead's Girlfriend, but lost it to Stephanie Honore. Tisdale also auditioned for a part in Final Destination 3 (2006).
(at around 13 mins) The coffee shop is called "Death by Caffeine", and naturally has several death related items on its menu. These include "Knocking On Death's Door Latte", "Iced Mocha Fatality", "Iced Vanilla Demise", "Frozen Chai Causality", "Last Exit Truffles", and "River Of Sticks Biscotti".
(at around 13 mins) During the scene after the opening credits, all of Nick's friends are in a coffee shop. In the background, there is a TV with the news with subtitles showing. Very briefly at one point the subtitles show the news anchorwoman talking about faulty amusement park equipment. The previous installment to this movie series (Final Destination 3 (2006)) focuses on a group of kids who survived a freak roller coaster accident at an amusement park.
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The only film series to have two directors alternate between the first four films. James Wong directed 1 and 3, and David R. Ellis directed 2 and 4.
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This is the only Final Destination movie with a sex scene.
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The first Final Destination movie to not be filmed in Canada.
The first film in the series where the music was not composed by Shirley Walker, as she passed away in 2006.
(at around 1h 6 mins) The movie theatre is named Tagert Theatres. "Tagert" is the name of director David R. Ellis' daughter.
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This is the first Final Destination not to feature the cast on the DVD cover.
(at around 56 mins) Nick drops a book that opens to a page with an open hand on it just before one of his premonitions. An open palm is a symbol for death in Hindu beliefs.
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(at around 45 mins) In the car wash scene Janet's phone indicates the date 14/04/2006.
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(at around 29 mins) When the newspaper is read by the characters about the mother's death at the salon, a related story says a bus has crashed on HWY 180. 180 is the same name as the original plane in Final Destination (2000).
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Is the only film in the series that has the main premonition and disaster (the McKinley Speedway accident) occur before the opening credits.
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(at around 1h 13 mins) The "Aynx" City Bus in the last scene is actually called Lynx. It is the local bus transportation system for the city of Orlando and most of Central Florida. The last scene was re-shot in the New York section of the theme park Universal Studios Orlando.
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The first film in the Final Destination series to be presented in 3D.
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The main characters all share last names with horror directors: Dan O'Bannon, Sean S. Cunningham, Andy Milligan, and Jim Wynorski.
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As of November 2009, the movie is the highest grossing 3D horror movie at the United States box office.
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At just under an hour and twenty two minutes, this is the shortest movie of the franchise.
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(at around 36 mins) Like the "Clear Rivers" nod, there is a black SS like Carter's car from the original Final Destination (2000) in the garage when Nick, Lori and George go to talk to the mechanic.
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Despite claims by the producers and promotional materials, as well as the film's title, that this would be the final film in the Final Destination series, a sequel, Final Destination 5 (2011) exists.
(at around 50 mins) After the near-death scene in the carwash, there is a towtruck for a company called "Destiny Towing".
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(at around 29 mins) In the death scene with the mother and lawnmower, there is a newspaper stating the hair salon was called Lakeview. That was also the same name as the hospital in Final Destination 2 (2003).
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Many characters are unnamed in the film but are given names in script such as Samantha Lane, Andy Kewzer (Mechanic), Nadia Monroy (Mechanic's Girlfriend), Carter and Cynthia Daniels (Racist and his wife) and Jonathan Groves (Cowboy).
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(at around 40 secs) There is a sign with "McKinley Speedway" written on it, giving the location away to keen eyed viewers.
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(at around 6 mins) The company Bill Wall Leather is featured in most of David R. Ellis' films. In Final Destination 2 (2003) the character Evan Lewis wears a shirt with the name on it as does Eric Christian Olsen's character in Cellular (2004) and in this film the race car that help causes the accident is sponsored by it.
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(at around 1h 15 mins) The name of the 'Brevig's' that Lori and Janet mention is named after the Visual Effects supervisor Eric Brevig who directed the New Cinema's previous 3D film Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008) and also got a special thanks for his work in this film.
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This was one of the last films to be theatrically released by New Line Cinema until it was merged with its sister studio Warner Bros.
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(at around 6 mins) The car that caused the crash is number 45 and this is the 4th Final Destination film. 45 times 4 is 180, the flight number from the first film.
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(at around 43 mins) The car registration sticker before the car wash scene is "04 09", these two numbers together make "13" viewed as an unlucky number.
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While the Flight 180 disaster is referenced like in any of the sequels, this is the only installment where Alex Browning, the main character of the first movie, is neither mentioned nor seen.
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References to the unlucky number 13: (at around 18 mins) When Nick has his first vision, his alarm clock says "2:15". If you subtract the 2 from 15 it equals 13; (at around 1h 3 mins) The auditorium that Laurie and Janet go into is 13.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

at around 1h 1 min) When hit by the bus, George is in the middle of stating "My wife said that Deja Vu is like God's way of...", and then he's cut off by the impact. Some viewers wonder what the end of his sentence was going to be. The answer is that of a common expression, "...telling you that you are in the right place at the right time", hence the irony of the situation.
Hunt's death is reminiscent of the Chuck Palahniuk short story "Guts," which is about a boy whose intestines are sucked out by a pool filter's inlet pump when he sits on it. It is also similar to at least one real-life incident; in 2007 a young girl met the same fate and died in 2008 suffering complications after having had small bowel, liver and pancreas transplants.
Contains 11 deaths scenes, the most of any film in the series.
Although entitled 'The Final Destination,' it is actually the fourth film in the franchise. If you go by the story of the films then this movie is considered as "The Final Destination" since Final Destination 5 served as a prequel to the first film.

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