The Final (film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Joey Stewart|
|Produced by||Jason Kabolati|
|Written by||Jason Kabolati|
Laura Ashley Samuels
Justin S. Arnold
|Music by||Damon Criswell|
|Edited by||Bill Marcellus|
|Distributed by||After Dark Films|
The Final is a 2010 American horror film written by Jason Kabolati, directed by Joey Stewart, and starring Jascha Washington, Julin, Justin S. Arnold, Lindsay Seidel, Marc Donato, Laura Ashley Samuels, Ryan Hayden, and Travis Tedford.
A disfigured teenage girl enters a restaurant and quickly draws the attention of everyone there. She begins crying, and a flashback begins...
In high school, Ravi gets bullied by Bradley and Bernard. Emily is taunted and abused by three girls, Heather, Bridget, and Kelli. Dane, another outcast, has an old, secluded house in the woods which he inherited from his late uncle.
Kurtis is a likable student and an aspiring actor. He invites his schoolmates to a video shoot. There, Bradley and Bernard insult Ravi in the restroom and break his camera. Dane stumbles in, and Bradley intimidates him, revealing that he has been bullying Dane as well. The next day at school, after learning of the incident, Kurtis confronts Bradley, asking him to leave his friends alone.
The outcasts, Emily, Jack, Ravi and Andy and Dane, decide to get revenge on the bullies and send a message to the community. Among their inspirations are horror films and lessons in class about deadly chemicals and torture methods of old cultures. They plan to spare Kurtis, as he doesn't mistreat them. They prepare a costumed party at Dane's secluded house and invite the bullies over. They lace the punch bowl with a drug, causing everyone who drinks from it to fall unconscious. They see Kurtis among the group but still proceed with the plan.
When the teens wake up, they find themselves chained together. The outcasts then declare their intention to make them suffer a fate worse than death, as revenge for the years they have suffered from bullying. In their first act of violence, Jack shoots Miles, a loud-mouthed teenager, with a cattle gun to his face and knee. One boy, Tommy, flees for help, but steps into a bear trap in the woods. Three boys nicknamed The Triplets, who help the outcasts, capture and bring him back to the house.
Immobilized and silenced by a drug, Bernard is then tortured with needles by Emily. Ravi secretly gives Kurtis a key, and he escapes. Dane, obsessed with revenge, stabs and kills Ravi. The torture continues with Emily smearing a corrosive compound on Heather's face. As Bridget apologizes to Emily, she tells her to cut off Bradley's fingers to spare herself. She is unable to do it. When Emily gives the offer to Bradley, he agrees and cuts two of Bridget's fingers off. Emily then smears the compound on half of Bridget's face.
Kurtis encounters Deputy Henessey and asks for help, but the Triplets shoot the Deputy. Kurtis grabs his gun, flees to a neighboring house and informs the owner Parker, an elderly war veteran, of the events in Dane's house. However, Parker doesn't trust Kurtis because he has a gun. After tying up Kurtis to an armchair, Parker goes to Dane's house alone to investigate. He trips over a cord, and a trap severely injures his legs. Despite the injuries, he successfully kills two of the Triplets.
An insane Dane taunts Bradley, who attempts to apologize. Dane severs his spinal cord with a switchblade, paralyzing him from the waist down. After freeing himself, Kurtis calls the police and heads to Dane's house. As Andy is about to cut off Riggs' tongue, Kurtis appears and kills Andy. Dane shoots Kurtis in the arm, but Emily kills him before he can kill Kurtis. Emily says her last words to Kelli, then has Jack shoot her dead. As the police burst in, Jack kills himself after saying: "There are more of us out there".
The next day, a news reporter recounts how the popular kids were abducted and tortured without reason. Kelli, unharmed but traumatized by the events, commits suicide. At school, Kurtis exchanges eye contact with the remaining Triplet. The final scene reveals that Bridget is the disfigured girl from the beginning of the film.
The film bears similarity to an actual 2009 plot by two Utah teenagers to kidnap high school classmates identified as jocks and bullies, then murder them with slow torture while videotaping the experience. As in the film, one of the Utah teenagers was an immigrant from Iraq who had been teased and bullied because of his ethnicity.
- Marc Donato as Dane
- Jascha Washington as Kurtis
- Whitney Hoy as Bridget
- Julin as Heather
- Lindsay Seidel as Emily
- Laura Ashley Samuels as Kelli
- Justin S. Arnold as Bradley
- Travis Tedford as Andy
- Eric Isenhower as Jack
- Vincent Silochan as Ravi
- Farah White as The Reporter
- Preston Flagg as Riggs
- Hunter Garner as Tommy
- Ryan Hayden as Miles
- Daniel Ross Owens as Bernard
- Matthew Posey as Parker
The Movie Spot gave the film a 3.5 out of 5 saying "The Final is a decent movie. And a great entry to the Horrorfest series." The film holds a 13% "rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on eight reviews.
- "Horrorfest '10: Teen Abuse Taken Too Far in Trailer for 'The Final'".
- "2 Utah teens accused in plot to kidnap, kill Midvale classmates".
- "Where Can You See After Dark Films' Horrorfest 4?".
- "After Dark Unveils Its Horrorfest 4 Poster".
- "Horrorfest 4 DVDs Get a Release Date".
- The Final at Rotten Tomatoes