Final, The (2010)



The FinalReviewed by Scott A. Johnson

Starring Marc Donato, Jascha Washington, Witney Hoy, Justin Arnold, Travis Tedford, Julin, Lindsay Seidel

Directed by Joey Stewart

Distributed by After Dark Films and Lionsgate Home Entertainment


Nerds and outcasts take a lot of flack from the popular folks for no other reason than they're different. And for as long as they've been abused, there have been movies about them getting revenge. But instead of panty raids and hidden cameras a la Revenge of the Nerds, imagine what would've happened if the nerds were just a little more demented, if they had been pushed just a little too far. What would it be like if the popular kids really got their comeuppance?

The Final is the story of one such group of misfits pushed too far. They plan an elaborate costume party, drug the guests, and take out their revenge to teach them all lessons. Of course, those lessons must be painful and horrifying, but they need to be taught it seems.

While the film itself is the kind that makes people laugh nervously as it overstates its point, what makes this movie so well done is not only the actors involved, but the extreme level to which they go. Seriously, who hasn't been picked on by the school's ace jock? Or mocked by the flirty-slut-popular girls? And wouldn't it be great to, oh...maybe cut off the jock's fingers so he can't play football? Disfigure a bitch because she deserves it?

While the ringleader of the group, Dane, does get a bit super-villainy and monologues throughout the whole thing, preaching about how wronged he was and how they turned him into a monster, it is surprisingly effective in this setting. However, the show is stolen, lock stock and barrel, by Lindsay Seidel, who plays the cute and demented Emily. When she's on the screen, there's a whole lot of spooky going on, and I mean that in a good way.

One reason why The Final rings so haunting is because of tragedies like Columbine, where the people who thought they were slighted decided to seek revenge. This film is the logical progression, showing just what can happen when someone is pushed too far.

4 out of 5

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Terminal's picture

And based on a few of my experiences make your life worse when you stand up for yourself.


Submitted by Terminal on Mon, 03/22/2010 - 5:06am.
Terminal's picture

"What would it be like if the popular kids really got their comeuppance?"

Go to wikipedia, look up "Columbine" and read.

And even though your rants sound like the words of a pretty immature horror geek, I have to say I've been bullied to the point where I've fantasized about painful torture on my tormentors, so you're not too far off sadly.


Submitted by Terminal on Sun, 03/21/2010 - 8:43pm.

I'm with everyone here. I was picked on a lot in high school. I eventually had to drop out and take up homeschooling because the people there made living miserable and I was depressed for ages. I was an angry individual and hoped that there was some karmic justice in the world that would make them see how completely juvenile and ignorant they were, and make them into better people because of it. To some degree, I sympathized with the kids in this movie because I was in their situation at one point, in some ways will always be, but not once did I have the urge to dismember these people or scar them for life just because they were adolescent morons who could only get along with their own breed. And seriously, 4 out of 5? This movie had it's moments but it was not 4 out of 5.


Submitted by Minion on Sun, 03/21/2010 - 5:42pm.
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"Seriously, who hasn't been picked on by the school's ace jock? Or mocked by the flirty-slut-popular girls? And wouldn't it be great to, oh...maybe cut off the jock's fingers so he can't play football? Disfigure a bitch because she deserves it?"

You're clearly a well-adjusted individual, man of the world and life of the party.

And you've opened my eyes. While I sadly was never the "ace jock" (is there only one ace per high school? Who decides?), i did play sports in my high school and dated girls who may have fallen into your broad category of "flirty-slut-popular." However, I never felt the need to disfigure these apparent bitches or cut off my fingers/legs/other extremitites even though I liked horror films. It must've been that damn Jesuit education i was getting. HOWEVER, now I see the error of my ways, thanks to you. Thank you, kind sir, THANK YOU.

I'm off to cut a bitch and take a circular saw to my soccer legs. I've got a lot of catch up work to do...


Submitted by NYC-Hearts on Sun, 03/21/2010 - 5:18pm.
Floydian Trip's picture

Wow, are you still in High School? Were you being picked on as you wrote this? Can't say that I was ever picked on. I was a stoner/jock hybrid so can't relate to feelings of wanting to dismember and disfigure people because I was never called any names. You need some fucking counseling man.


Submitted by Floydian Trip on Sat, 03/20/2010 - 1:46pm.
Terminal's picture

That's because you're perfect in every way. Poets, writers, artists, they aspire to live up to your perfection, your amazing beauty, your je ne sais quoi, if you will. You are what every person should be.


Submitted by Terminal on Sun, 03/21/2010 - 8:46pm.

No, Scott, not even in my darkest moments have I ever considered "disfiguring a bitch because she deserves it." What the hell is wrong with you? Maybe they could relegate you to reviewing just the torture-porn genre so we'll know who to avoid.


Submitted by Berman on Sat, 03/20/2010 - 11:51am.

"And wouldn't it be great to, oh...maybe cut off the jock's fingers so he can't play football? Disfigure a bitch because she deserves it?"

This is the reason horror fans are thought of as mouth-breathing troglodytes. Thanks for that.


Submitted by AngryChairr on Fri, 03/19/2010 - 6:34pm.

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