Description: Final Destination is an American horror franchise composed of five films, comic books and novels. It is based on an unproduced spec script by Jeffrey Reddick, originally written for the X-Files television series, and was distributed by New Line Cinema. All five films center around a protagonist that has a premonition of a terrible mass-casualty accident that will kill numerous people, including themselves and the other characters. The protagonist and several other people manage to escape from the scene of the accident, before it happens, but are later killed in a series of bizarre accidents that frequently resemble Rube Goldberg machines in their complexity.
The series is noteworthy amongst others in the horror genre in that the “villain” of the movies is not the stereotypical slasher, but Death itself (very occasionally seen as a fleeting shadow), which manipulates the environment with the intent of claiming the lives of those who managed to escape their fates.
In addition to the films, a novel series (which includes the novelizations of the first three films) was published throughout 2005 and 2006 by Black Flame. A one-shot comic book titled Final Destination: Sacrifice was released alongside select DVDs of Final Destination 3 in 2006, and a comic series titled Final Destination: Spring Break was published by Zenescope Entertainment in 2007.
The movies are different in themselves, but all have the same theme and structure.
The movies begin traditionally with the main character in a place prone to accidents (an airport, a highway, an amusement park, a race track, and a suspension bridge, respectively). They start to realize that something strange is going on. There are ironic signs such as plates, numbers, music, people, talking characters or places in poor storage conditions. All this refers to death or accidents. Soon after, the main character says they have a strange sensation and then an accident starts claiming several victims. The main character snaps out of it and they conclude that it was a dream or a premonition: the vision ends a few moments before the actual accident happens and the main character concludes that it was true, because some things they saw in the premonition start happening. This is the time to try to prevent. Confusion always happens, causing some who should die in the accident to survive. But some people (either friends, colleagues or even strangers) end up dying in the accident. A memorial happens and the main character realizes something is still wrong. After a few survivors die, the main character seeks an explanation and realize that Death is seeking one by one, and in the same order that they should have died in the accident. The character begins to have premonitory visions concerning the upcoming deaths. At that time, some characters come together to prevent death, while others disagree, thinking that’s insane, and eventually die. Generally, the main characters survive to the end. But the film ends when the main characters think they have defeated death – but it was just waiting for the right moment to strike again.