The Final Terror
|The Final Terror|
|Directed by||Andrew Davis|
|Produced by||Joe Roth
Samuel Z. Arkoff
|Written by||Jon George
Neill D. Hicks
|Music by||Susan Justin|
The Final Terror (also known as Campsite Massacre, Bump in the Night and The Forest Primeval) is a 1983 American horror film directed by Andrew Davis, and starring Rachel Ward, Daryl Hannah, Adrian Zmed, and Joe Pantoliano. Originally written under the working titles The Creeper and Three Blind Mice, the plot follows a group of forest rangers camping in the Northern California wilderness who find themselves fighting for their lives against a backwoods female killer hunting them as prey. It blends elements of slasher films and survival thrillers.
The film was shot on location in 1981 in the Redwood forests, and was not released for two years, as the production searched for a distributor. It was eventually released in 1983 to capitalize on the rising fame of its young stars (namely Ward, Hannah, and Zmed). Today the film has developed an underground following among slasher fans.
A young couple loses control of their motorbike and fall to the ground, Jim is badly hurt, and Lori runs to find some help. She finds an abandoned cabin but no one is there. She runs back to Jimmy where she finds him dead hanging upside down from a tree, terrified she runs back to the cabin. While running, she steps on a trap full of sharp objects, killing her.
Weeks later, a group of campers arrive at the forest where the killings happened. The campers include Dennis, Margaret, Windy, Marco, Nathaniel, Boone, Eggar, Vanessa, Mike and Melanie. The group makes a clearing in the forest and gather supplies, and spend the night around a bonfire. They wake up early in the morning but Marco and Eggar are missing.
The boys search for him and the others search nearby the camp. Mike takes a swim and Melanie follows him. While having sex, Mike is stabbed by a strange creature, Melanie screams in terror while watching him die.
Nathaniel and Dennis find the abandoned cabin and an old grave. Dennis enters the cabin and Nathaniel hears Dennis scream and enters to be attacked by what he thinks is a strange old lady, but it is Dennis trying to scare him. They find some things inside the house that are being used and new. They take some of the things and food. While opening the cabinet they find the severed head of a wolf. Shaken, they head back to the camp.
That night, while sleeping, Margaret is attacked by the strange creature. She confesses hysterically what she saw to the other campers. The campers hear a strange noise and pursue the source only to find Marco, who has returned to the camp. Vanessa gets angry at the guys for scaring the girls and walks off alone. She finds the old outhouse and enters, and Mike's severed head falls on her, causing her to panic and scream.
Nathaniel and the rest of the group come to her aid, then start a search for Melanie. They decided to spend the night in the camp. In the morning they go to the cabin to try to capture the man who killed Mike. Unbeknownst to the group, Melanie is down in the basement with the killer. They see a hand in a jar and flee. They raft along the river, unaware that the creature is following them. The creature throws the dead body of Melanie in the boat causing chaos.
Burying Melanie near the river, the group continues on to the end of the river and find their empty, broken-down bus. They decide to spend the night there, but the creature attacks the bus. The creature gets inside but the group escape out the back door.
Windy gets separated and lost, and ends up stabbed in the neck by the creature. The remaining group hears her scream and follows her. She is badly hurt and bleeding, so Dennis and Marco decide to go back to the bus to get first aid. The group again tries to search for the way out of the forest.
The group gathers supplies and camouflage themselves. Dennis climbs one of the highest trees, where he sets a trap. Marco begins calling out for Eggar. When Eggar appears, he begins to strangle Marco. The group attacks Eggar, suspecting he was the one who killed Mike and Melanie, but the real creature appears.
While Dennis is watching the rest of the group fight it comes from behind and cuts him off at his ankle, making him fall from the cliff, killing him.
The creature rises up and screams, revealing herself to be Eggar's long lost mother. As she walks down to confront the group, she steps on one of the traps, killing her. Eggar appears to be devastated. The survivors—Margaret, Windy, Vanessa, Nathaniel, Boone, and Marco—watch in horror as Eggar's mother hangs dead in the trap.
- John Friedrich as Dennis Zorich
- Rachel Ward as Margaret
- Daryl Hannah as Windy Morgan
- Adrian Zmed as Marco Cerone
- Ernest Harden Jr. as Nathaniel Hines
- Lewis Smith as Boone
- Joe Pantoliano as Eggar
- Akosua Busia as Vanessa
- Mark Metcalf as Mike
- Cindy Harrell as Melanie
- Irene Sanders as Sammie
- Richard Jacobs as Mr. Morgan
- Donna Pinder as Mrs. Morgan
- Jim Youngs as Jim
- Lori Butler as Lori (as Lori Lee Butler)
- Tony Maccario as Eggar's Mother
Home Video Release
Scream Factory, the horror genre arm of Shout Factory! is scheduled to release The Final Terror in a Blu-ray / DVD combo pack, slated for a July 2014 release.
- MOVIE REVIEW: HORROR FILM THAT MISSED THE BUS Thomas, Kevin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 31 Oct 1983: g6.
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