6th: Final Destination 5 (2011)
The final installment – so far – of the Final Destination franchise, this 2011 horror respects the pattern of the previous movies and tells the story of a group of friends fighting their destiny and even death.
Here, Sam Lawton (Nicholas D’Agosto) has a premonition regarding the collapse of the North Bay Bridge during a trip with his friends. While he manages to save some of the passengers, now they have to outrun death itself.
No Country for Old Logic
If you have managed to get until the fifth movie, you already know that they all are like vanilla ice-creams – different shapes with the same flavors. So, no one will condemn you if you are already tired of them.
But, what is worse in this movie is that logic has died a long time ago and the Final Destination team did not even bother reviving it along with their franchise.
The deaths become more and more ridiculous and they literally make you jump and yell “this is not how x works!” An example: if you are a gymnast and you fall, you might get badly hurt or even die, but you surely don’t turn into a human accordion.
The Final Salvation
What does not make you throw your TV or computer out of the window is the ending. If you have seen the entire franchise, the ending will leave you speechless and the only words you will be able to utter are going to be “Oh my God”. Also, the sadist in you might enjoy another movie about young pretty people getting butchered.
5th: Carrie (2013)
Sometimes, in order to bring back the magnificent movies from the past, you have to remake them. So here we have the third movie after Stephen King’s novel with the same name.
As its predecessors, Carrie 2013 follows the young girl from the title (Chloe Grace Moretz) as she struggles living with a deranged paranoid mother (Julianne Moore), being bullied and humiliated by her peers and developing telekinetic powers.
Bury It Like Carrie Buried Her House
The movie is not that terrible, but you will more likely find yourself quite disappointed and maybe bored. When you bring to the public the same story for the third time, few actually still pay attention.
Chloe Grace Moretz is too pretty and in no way someone looking like her would be considered a looser in high school, regardless of how weird her mother is, and maybe, after the bathroom scene she would have become even popular.
Also, the original had a creepy atmosphere and an excellent story development, while this version lacks complexity and is artistically empty.
One Last Chance
If there is one thing we can admit is that the effects are really good. Also, Chloe Grace Moretz’s performance is good enough to both make the audience feel her character’s sadness and to feel frightened.
One could say that this version manages to connect the generations by making the fans of the 1976 version remember their youth and convincing the younger generation that an old tale can still be appealing.
4th: Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014)
Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones is the spin-off and the fifth movie of the more popular Paranormal Activity horror series.
Unlike the previous film, this one follows a young Latino, Jesse Arista (Andrew Jacobs) as he becomes affected by the mysterious death of his neighbor, a presumed witch and as he encounters some characters from the previous movies during his not exactly pleasant adventures and investigations.
These found-footage horror movies might have looked like a great idea, especially after Cannibal Holocaust (1980) and The Blair Witch Project (1999), but they are nothing but a poor excuse for bad quality and bad acting.
The first Paranormal Activity movies were not great either – just overrated – but this one really is the worst of the franchise. Made mainly to gain some fans from the Latino community in the USA, this movie is just dull and a waste of time and money.
Also, using the same tricks has become tiresome. If there is going to be another Paranormal Activity movie, let’s pray and hope that it will finally bring something new on the screen.
Why watch this movie? Well, for once, you could watch it to complete the entire series. The movie has a few decent horror images, the tension and suspense are not bad either, and if you are truly a fan of the franchise, seeing again some characters will make you happy.
Also, it is quite interesting to see some other group of people rather than the typical middle-class suburban American family.