Scream Factory Presents: The Final Terror (Review)

Image courtesy of Scream Factory.
Image courtesy of Scream Factory.

Okay. What if I told you that there was an early 80s horror film that had Doug Neidermeyer (Mark Metcalf) from Animal House, Perfect Tommy (Lewis Smith) From Buckaroo Banzai, Pris (Daryl Hannah) From Blade Runner, Officer Vince Romano (Adrian Zmed) from T.J. Hooker, Meggie Clearly (Rachel Ward) from the Thorn Birds, Nettie Harris (Akosua Busia) from the Color Purple, Joey (John Friedrich) from the Wanderers AND Francis Fratelli (Joe Pantoliano) from the Goonies all in the same movie. You would want to see that film, right?

Well, lucky for us our friends from Scream Factory are here to help us out because on July 1st they are releasing 1983’s cult classic “The Final Terror” on a Blu-Ray/DVD Combo.

The Final Terror was actually filmed in 1981 and it took two years for the production to secure a distributor and even had two working title, The Creeper and Three Blind Mice (Which makes sense because it’s a song the campers in the film sing).

Directed by Andrew Davis (Above the Law, The Fugitive) the story revolves around a group of campers, it seemed kind of a work release program to me (They are part of the Conservation Corps – DanXIII), who find their plans of having a little fun out in the woods turned from a weekend of relaxation and partying to fighting for their very survival.

The Final Terror certainly has some gruesome images but to be honest it really is more of a thriller than the typical slasher films of that time. One of the things going for it is a likeable cast, the only two character that are off-putting and this is done intentionally are Eggar (Pantoliano) who is the group’s bus driver and is wound up a little too tightly and Dennis Zorich (Friedrich) who is a Vietnam vet and is quick to hunt down and find their assailant in an attempt to get some bloody-handed justice.

Being what I consider a thriller the scares besides a kill that is seen at the beginning to get you in the mood for what is to come are all slow burners. The tension builds and builds and I’m not trying to be cute in this description but it all ends up with a final terror, one that you’ll be talking about for a bit after.

As usual Scream Factory has loaded their latest release with extras:

New Audio Commentary with director Andrew Davis
New interviews with actors Adrian Zmed and Lewis Smith, Post Production Supervisor Allan Holzman and composer Susan Justin
Original Theatrical Trailer

This is a film that somehow I missed in my days of working at the video store in my youth, not sure why either but I certainly think it’s an entertain film and if you like the genre I believe you’ll want to add it to your collection as well. You still have time to visit Scream Factory by following the link above and pre-ordering your copy today!


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Searching through the alleys for useful knowledge in the city of Nostalgia. Huge cinema fanatic and sometimes carrier of the flame for the weirding ways of 80s gaming, toys, and television. When his wife lets him he is quite happy sitting in the corner eating buckets of beef jerky.

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