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Finale -- A family descends into a vortex of denial and paranoia after the death of the oldest son.
Finale -- A mother tries to unravel the truth behind her son's apparent suicide in this trailer
Finale -- When Helen discovers her son was sacrificed by a demonic cult, no one believes her. Alone, she must destroy the cult to save her family.


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In his realm, death is only the beginning.
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  (in credits order)
Carolyn Hauck ... Helen Michaels
Suthi Picotte ... Kathryn Michaels
Elizabeth Holmes ... Mrs. Bliss
Steven Nieport ... The Collector
James Johnson ... Peter Michaels
Brad Barnes ... PJ Hart
Warren Bryson ... Sean Michaels
Maria Jenkins ... Angela
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Domiziano Arcangeli ... Master of Ceremonies
Regina Ashkinadze ... Ghoul
Michelle Aston ... Siren

Natasha Blasick ... Siren
Geoff Burkman ... Charlie Michaels
Cream Cabahug ... Siren
Shuo Chen ... Man in Red Raincoat
Yanik Elkin ... Student in Play
Blake Gehring ... Todd
Arlo Hemphill ... Tortured soul

Byron Lane ... Matt

John W. Lawson ... Father Dominick

Stefania Marcone ... Cult Member

Angel Monroe ... Jeanette

Christine Moore ... Demon Worshipper
Un-Suk O. ... Ghoul
John Snipes ... Demon Worshipper
Richard Weidenhamer ... Tortured Soul
Dave Woodrum ... Bloody corpse

Read MacGuirtose ... Tortured soul (uncredited)
Katie Whalen ... Ghoul (uncredited)

Directed by
John Michael Elfers 
Writing credits
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Produced by
John Michael Elfers .... executive producer
Michael Elkin .... executive producer
Michael Elkin .... producer
Ryan Stevens Harris .... executive producer
Marisa Wahl .... executive producer
Marisa Wahl .... producer
Original Music by
Shawn K. Clement 
Cinematography by
Ryan Stevens Harris 
Film Editing by
Edward H. Stanley 
Makeup Department
Jill Black .... makeup artist
Colleen Chrzan .... key makeup artist
Christopher Payne .... special makeup and creature effects
Rebecca Schnauber .... assistant makeup artist
Art Department
Liz Arnold-Hood .... assistant art director
Liz Arnold-Hood .... storyboard artist
Sound Department
Kevin Almeida .... sound recordist
Robert Matthew Doyle .... sound designer
Robert Matthew Doyle .... sound re-recording mixer
Ryan Edward .... sound designer (as Ryan Huser)
Chris Marshall .... sound recordist
Andrew Nissley .... sound recordist
Jessie Pariseau .... sound effects editor
Alexandra Spinks .... sound effects editor
Adriel Wool .... sound editor
Dean Zeller .... sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Andrew Burnop .... gaffer
Robert Donovan .... gaffer
Maria Hiestand .... still photographer
Ben Kobbs .... first assistant camera
Daniel Kenji Levin .... gaffer
Michael Norquest .... first assistant camera
Alyssa Soetebier .... electrician
Music Department
Alexis Caverly .... music supervisor (video version)
James Speight .... music editor
James Speight .... orchestrator
Other crew
Liz Arnold-Hood .... production assistant
Tim Conboy .... production assistant
Emily Conlon .... production assistant
David J. Forsythe .... script supervisor
Elliott Galynsky .... location manager
Elliott Galynsky .... weapons wrangler
Sharon Reeh .... production assistant

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USA:93 min
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Australia:MA (2010) | Canada:18A (Ontario)
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3 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Solid and interesting though fairly flawed indie horror shot, 31 August 2010
Author: Bloodwank from United Kingdom

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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