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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.
A family descends into a vortex of denial and paranoia after the death of the oldest son. Though labeled a suicide... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Very Stylistic, Well-Crafted Independent Film See more (8 total) »


  (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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While Producer 'Michael Elkin' and Director John Michael Elfers were set dressing an abandoned house on Christmas morning, they got held up at gunpoint by police who mistook them for burglars.See more »
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7 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Very Stylistic, Well-Crafted Independent Film, 7 June 2010
Author: gavin6942 from United States

Death is stalking a small town plagued with a rash of apparent suicides. But one grieving mother (Carolyn Hauck) believes that there are darker forces at work and plunges herself into a supernatural nightmare to uncover her dead son's association with an evil cult. Her behavior grows increasingly paranoid and bizarre as she races against time to battle the terrifying demon unleashed to destroy her entire family in this atmospheric descent into horror.

According to he Internet Movie Database, "All the SFX were achieved in-camera (no CGI), melding techniques from early film magicians, like behind the lens filters, two-way mirrors and speed ramps." Also, "Real animal bones were used for set dressing." This was my primary reason to love the film. While the directing and acting are both great, I'm big on traditional / conventional effects, and what they were able to achieve here makes new methods look like garbage.

Digital Retribution (whoever they are) are quoted on the cover as saying, "Truly bizarre and disturbing imagery... like Argento's best work." For me, any comparison to Argento carries with it a heavy burden of proof, as he is the ultimate master of cinematic style. Luckily for Digital Retribution, that wasn't at all what they were saying. The actual quotation from their review reads: "Like Argento's best work, not everything is solved by the end of the movie, and a lot of what you see simply goes completely unanswered..." Nice try, "Finale", but you took this completely out of context. The review also says the "bizarre and disturbing imagery" is "peppered", implying that it is by no means constant.

The writer-director, John Michael Elfers, has gone on record as being an Argento fan, and has said that he prefers "Deep Red" over "Suspiria", so the film's comparison's to the Italian giallo director are not really surprising. is more on target when they say, "Shot lovingly in the Italian Giallo vein..." I can see this, as the film has a definite style, almost stronger than the substance.

The wardrobe person should be commended on the outfits of Kathryn "Kate" Hauck (Suthi Picotte), whoever this person was. She looked magnificent on camera and I think it made her character a lot more easy to identify with. I, for one, fell for her and sympathized right away.

There's great use of direction, with camera positions bringing typical background objects (clocks, jars) to the foreground, and a conscious effort to highlight the symbolic, with a repetitive use of the clocks and mirrors -- very effective! James Speight and Shawn K. Clement's atmospheric music coupled with NEVER 3NOUGH's Mansonesque metal drove the film like a conductor in a barreling freight train. At first the film was a bit slow to get into, but it picks up quickly and does not let you settle in.

The mythology is solid and crisp, and while there is no need for a sequel, one would not be unwelcome. The same ground could be explored by the same characters or all news ones with equal power. I believe Elfers is involved in other projects currently, but I do hope he has left the door open in his mind to walk back into this world.

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