The Final Destination

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The Final Destination
Final destination 09.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by David R. Ellis
Produced by Craig Perry
Warren Zide
Written by Eric Bress
Based on characters created 
by Jeffrey Reddick
Starring Bobby Campo
Shantel VanSanten
Mykelti Williamson
Music by Brian Tyler
Cinematography Glen MacPherson
Editing by Mark Stevens
Studio Zide/Perry Productions
Distributed by New Line Cinema[1][2]
Release dates
  • August 28, 2009 (2009-08-28)
Running time 82 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $40 million[3]
Box office $186,167,139[4]

The Final Destination (also known as Final Destination 4) is a 2009 American supernatural horror film written by Eric Bress and directed by David R. Ellis, both of whom also worked on Final Destination 2. Released on August 28, 2009, it is the fourth installment of the Final Destination film series, and the first to be shot in HD 3D. It is currently the highest grossing Final Destination film, earning $186 million worldwide but also received the worst critical reception of the franchise. It was followed by Final Destination 5 in 2011.

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.


Nick O'Bannon, a college student, watches a race at McKinley Speedway for a study break with his girlfriend, Lori Milligan and their friends, Janet Cunningham and Hunt Wynorski. While watching the speedway race, Nick suddenly has a premonition that a race-car crash will cause the Speedway to collapse, killing numerous people. Nick panics, persuading Lori, Janet, Hunt, security guard George Lanter, mechanic Andy Kewzer, mother Samantha Lane, racist tow truck driver Carter Daniels, and Andy's girlfriend Nadia Monroy to leave, escaping seconds before Nick's vision becomes a reality. They all manage to get out of the speedway auditorium and a fight breaks out, where Nadia gets angry and yells at them. She is suddenly obliterated by a stray tire that flies out of the stadium in which it decapitates her and also slices off her left arm. The movie then cuts to the title by showing (In x-rays) the past deaths of the other three movies in a random order.

Several days after the disaster Carter tries to burn a cross on George's lawn for not allowing him to save his wife at the stadium. After leaving the truck, a horseshoe that is attached to the rearview mirror falls and turns the radio back on. The noise from the radio shakes the remaining beer in the six-pack plastic holder causing it to fall from the dash. As it falls, it catches the gearshift, shifting the vehicle into drive. Unable to get in the truck, Carter chases it down the street; getting snagged by the tow chain and dragged down the street. Sparks from the cable set the truck and Carter on fire and the truck explodes. George, who came out to see the commotion, witnesses this. The next day Samantha dies after a rock propelled by a lawn mower is shot through her eye following a series of harrowing accidents at the beauty salon. Lori and Nick learn of the deaths and research the premonitions from the previous films realizing that Death is coming after them. Hunt and Janet refuse to believe, but they convince George to help them save Andy. However they arrive too late and Andy is launched through a chain link fence by a carbon dioxide tank fired off by a broken wench at the garage.

Nick receives new visions of water and a coin hinting that Janet and Hunt are in danger. Hunt goes to a country club pool to have sex with a girl. Nick tries to call him to warn him to stay away from water,so however a kid squirts Hunt with a water gun hitting the phone. Hunt steals the gun, pushes the kid into the water and places it onto the pool drain, but the gun falls onto the drain's On/Off switch, causing the pool to start draining.

Janet goes to a car wash and she fails to notice a sign that says to close her radio antenna. When she drives into the wash, one of the brushes knocks her antenna into the wash's fuse box. Afterwards, Janet receives a phone call from Lori who tells her to avoid water, but the phone loses signal. Meanwhile, Hunt's lucky coin is knocked into the pool by a golf ball and as he dives to retrieve it he is sucked in by the drain. Lori and George manage to save Janet but Nick fails to find Hunt, who was still struggling to get off the drain. Eventually the drain explodes, taking Hunt with it and killing him. George tries to commit suicide but fails after several attempts, leading the group to believe that saving Janet stopped Death's plans. To celebrate Janet and Lori go to the mall to watch a movie while Nick has another premonition about the speedway. He and George arrive in time to see Jonathan Groves crushed by an unattended bathtub that comes through the ceiling. George is run down by the ambulance as they leave.

At the movies, Lori begins to see signs and suspects they aren't out of danger while Nick rushes to save them. A series of events ignites a fire behind the theater curtain and Nick manages to convince Lori to leave. Janet refuses to believe and is killed by shrapnel when the fire sets off a chain of explosions that chase Nick and Lori out. Lori is pulled into an escalator's gears as Nick awakens and realizes that this was all a vision. Unable to save George from his death, Nick rushes to the theater and barely manages to stop the fire before it causes the resulting explosions.

Weeks later, Nick notices a loose pylon outside of their hangout and warns the workers about it before meeting Lori and Janet inside. He deduces that the mall disaster vision was merely a red herring meant to lead them to where they needed to be for Death to strike. At that moment, the pylon collapses, causing a truck to swerve and crash into the restaurant. As the final scene turns into a x-ray, Janet is shown to have been crushed under the tires while Lori's neck is snapped, decapitating her, and Nick is thrown into a wall, bashing his skull and jaw, as the credits roll.




After the success of Final Destination 3, which was initially planned to be in 3D,[5] Eric Bress wrote a script, which impressed producer Craig Perry and Warner Bros. enough to green-light a fourth installment. James Wong was on board to direct, but because of scheduling conflicts with Dragonball Evolution, he decided to drop out. Consequently, the studio executives opted for David R. Ellis to return because of his work on Final Destination 2. He accepted because of the 3D.[6] For the 3D, Perry said that he wanted it to add depth to the film instead of just "something pop[ping] out at the audience every four minutes."[7]


A car on "McKinley Speedway" sequence as shown in film

Although shooting was to be done in Vancouver, which was where the previous three films were shot, David R. Ellis convinced the producers to shoot in New Orleans instead to bring business to the city, and because the budget was already large.[8] The opening crash sequence at "McKinley Speedway" was filmed at Mobile International Speedway in Irvington, Alabama. Filming began in March 2008 and ended in late May in the same year.[7] Reshoots were done in April 2009 at Universal Studios Florida.[9]



The soundtrack album was released on August 25, 2009, three days before the film's theatrical release, under public record label JVC/Sony Music Australia. The album consists of 23 cues composed and mixed by Brian Tyler. He took over scoring the series after the untimely death of the composer for the first three films, Shirley Walker.

Commercial songs from film, but not on soundtrack[10]


The CD features the score composed by Brian Tyler, omitting commercially released songs that were featured in the film.

U.S. edition[11]
The Final Destination (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Film score by Brian Tyler
Released August 25, 2009
Label JVC, Sony Music Australia
  1. "The Final Destination" – 2:56
  2. "The Raceway" – 3:07
  3. "Memorial" – 2:46
  4. "Nailed" – 3:22
  5. "Nick's Google Theory" – 1:30
  6. "Revelations" – 2:28
  7. "Raceway Trespass" – 1:39
  8. "Stay Away from Water" – 2:38
  9. "Flame On" – 1:43
  10. "Moment of Joy" – 1:17
  11. "Signs and Signals" – 2:51
  12. "George Is Next" – 1:12
  13. "Car Washicide" – 3:05
  14. "Newspaper Clues" – 1:57
  15. "Premonition" – 1:50
  16. "The Salon" – 3:53
  17. "Questioning" – 1:04
  18. "Death of a Cowboy" – 2:08
  19. "Gearhead" – 1:56
  20. "Sushi for Everyone" – 2:53
  21. "The Movie Theater" – 3:03
  22. "You Can't Dodge Fate" – 1:28
  23. "The Final Destination Suite" – 13:29

The soundtrack attracted generally favorable reviews. Christian Clemmensen of gave the score 3 out of 5 stars and felt Tyler was "capable [...] to further explore new stylistic territory while making substantial use of the structures and tone of [predecessor composer] Shirley Walker's music." His approach to the scores were called "intelligent", and provide "adequate if not strikingly overachieving recordings is testimony to his immense talents."

The reviewers were also impressed with the extension of the sound used by Walker in Final Destination 3. "It relates to an affection for Walker's contribution to the industry," said an unnamed critic.[12]

A SoundNotes reviewer grades the film with an impressive score of 7.5/10, remarking "Brian Tyler slugs his way through the inadequacies of The Final Destination and produces a score with reasonable entertainment value and enough of an appeal to make it function well apart from the woeful film."[13]


The film was released in 3D as well as in conventional theaters on August 28, 2009. It was initially planned for an August 14 release.[14] It was also the first 3D film to feature D-BOX motion feedback technology in select theaters.[15]

Box office[edit]

According to USA Today and Newsday, The Final Destination debuted at the top of the North American box office, beating Rob Zombie's Halloween II, earning $28.3 million during its first weekend.[16][17] It is also topped the box office in the UK.[18] The film remained #1 at the box office in North America for two weeks. On September 11, 2009, it gained just over a million dollars and dropped to No. 7.[19] The film grossed $66.4 million domestically and $119.3 million in foreign sales, with a total of $186.5 million worldwide.[4]

Home media[edit]

The Final Destination was initially scheduled for a DVD and Blu-ray Disc release on December 22, 2009. The film was pushed back to January 5, 2010 in the US. Both the DVD and Blu-ray Disc included two pairs of 3D glasses with each set and featured a 2D version on the disc, along with additional scenes. Only the Blu-ray Disc version included two alternate endings, a "making of" featurette about the deaths, storyboard visualization and a preview of A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010).[20] The Blu-ray Disc release, also a combo pack, includes a standard DVD of the film.

In Target stores, some of the DVDs included an exclusive Final Destination comic book.

The movie was released uncut in Australian theaters with an MA15+ (Strong horror violence, sex scene) rating. When the movie's DVD/Blu-ray Disc release was reviewed, the ACB (Australian Classification Board) noted several scenes in the 2D version that exceeded the guidelines of the MA15+ category. There were two editions released in Australia: a DVD version which only contains a censored 2D version (most of the blood effects taken off and gore trimmed) and a DVD release awarded an R18+ rating (High impact violence) with both uncensored 2D and 3D versions (and 3D glasses included). The covers between the two releases vary.


The film received generally negative reviews from critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 29% of 94 critics gave the film a positive review, with a rating average of 4.3 out of 10.[21] The site's consensus is: "With little of the ingenuity of previous installments, The Final Destination is predictable, disposable horror fare." Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 0–100 reviews from film critics, has a rating score of 30 based on 14 reviews.[22]


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  16. ^ Bowles, Scott (August 30, 2009). "Final Destination knocks off stiff competition at box office". USA Today. Retrieved May 25, 2010. 
  17. ^ "Final Destination arrives at No. 1 with $28.3M". Newsday. August 30, 2009. 
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