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A family descends into a vortex of denial and paranoia after the death of the oldest son. Though labeled a suicide, the bizarre circumstances lead the mother, Helen, to believe there are ... See full summary »

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A family descends into a vortex of denial and paranoia after the death of the oldest son. Though labeled a suicide, the bizarre circumstances lead the mother, Helen, to believe there are darker forces at work. Black paint was thrown over everything reflective in the son's decrepit Victorian house, an explosive trap set in his bedroom and a woman from his past haunts the cemetery where he lies buried. But when Helen's investigation threatens to ruin the life of her teenage daughter, Kate, and possibly her own sanity, she realizes there is but one escape from this nightmare world - the very route attempted by her dead son. Finale captures mystery, horror and suspense in the colorful visual style of the 1970's Italian gialli. Written by Anonymous

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In his realm, death is only the beginning.

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Solid and interesting though fairly flawed indie horror shot
31 August 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Things get off on the wrong sort of footing with this one it has to be said. Visuals painted in sickly green palette and a tad tricky to make out, it doesn't work for more than a minute or so but the film takes a good deal more than that before settling down into a regular color scheme. If you can get past this, Finale settles into a decent groove, a tense and smartly paced cult themed offering. It follows the Michaels family, devastated by the suicide of their eldest son, but getting into further trouble of a paranoid and possibly supernatural kind. As grieving mother Helen, Carolyn Hauck hits the right fraught and fragile notes, obsession and rising paranoia that comes off nicely and is well reflected in the films obsessive use of close ups. As daughter Kathryn, Suthi Picotte exudes fresh and likable natural star power and makes for a good grounded contrast to the mounting of strange goings on in the film. Other roles are solidly filled by an array of mostly newcomers, actors aren't always sparkling but no one comes off as a grinding dud, baddies have the right quiet menace, the teen casting is realistic enough and so on. Director John Michael Ehlers shows his inexperience with the aforementioned green lit opening debacle and also overuses the color red in the final block, as well as some other stylistic infelicities, mostly in the form of visually incoherent moments. Luckily he uses close ups well, makes some fun creepy visuals with clocks and mirrors and other everyday objects granted sinister significance and is quite good at conjuring a cramped, dangerous atmosphere. Which goes a long way towards helping out some of the more frustrating sequences. Some of the scenes of action do particularly well, a fine seat edge nervous intensity to them that really pushes the film a few notches. The film ends too abruptly and has a slightly sketchy feel to the writing, but its overall a pretty worthy and pleasing little offering. Probably won't please those who don't already have a taste for this level of production, but those who do its recommended.


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