The Final Review
Directed by Joey Stewart
The Final tells the story of a group of high school outcasts who get revenge on the students who torment them.
For years these high school misfits have endured physical and mental abuse at the hands of their classmates, culminating in the events that are known simply as the final.
One of the eight films from the yearly After Dark Horrorfest main event, The Final is the first film viewed out of the latest batch.
And like the previous films released each year, the selection is mixed with somewhat decent horror flicks and not so good ones. However, never have I ever thought or believed that all of these films are to die for: Nice catchphrase though!
I will be checking out each film individually, but something else may come out of these After Dark Horrorfest viewings.
The Final delves into the high school hierarchy, featuring the obvious stereotypes: the jocks, the mean girls, the goth chick, the awkward geek. How many times have we seen this specific set of high school students in horror? How I love and loathe this practice, but I am very cynical and jaded about high school in general (ignore my miniscule rant).
The film seems like a response to the violence in high school that made headlines in the late 1990s, but that is only one interpretation. It does include issues that some high school students face, bullying and teasing until something snaps.
But the simple explanations and long-winded monologues of the so-called ringleader Dane of the high school outcasts make this exploitation film slightly uncomfortable.
The Final is more of a compelling drama than a full-blown exploitation film, which could have been more vicious and more entertaining to watch.
But awkward Dane with his deadly vendetta and suicidal tendencies made me want to chop off my own fingers, if only he would have spoken less than I could have enjoyed this film a little bit more.
The Final is disturbing and compelling, torturing viewers by showing and not showing all of the tormenting acts performed on the high school students. It made it much more compelling and varying when some of the acts were merely implied.
The Final brings up questions on what people deserve when it comes to high school, childhood, home, and life in general. What do we deserve?