FRC Feature – Final Destination 5, Strange Trivia
With Final Destination 5 on National Release today throughout the UK, we thought it was time to bring you some strange but true trivia about the horror franchise…
Recently at Big Screen, Warner Brothers treated us to the opening sequence of this new release.Now, let me tell you it was one of the most hilarious and yet shocking 10 minutes of my life. The use of 3-D is amazing and not something for the weak of heart! Although I am not a horror or 3-D this is one film I might just indulge myself with. Here is a synopsis ..
In “Final Destination 5,” Death is just as omnipresent as ever, and is unleashed after one man’s premonition saves a group of coworkers from a terrifying suspension bridge collapse. But this group of unsuspecting souls was never supposed to survive, and, in a terrifying race against time, the ill-fated group frantically tries to discover a way to escape Death’s sinister agenda.
If you haven’t seen it before here is a trailer for you…
As a little bit of fun ready for the last Bank Holiday Weekend before Christmas, FRC brings you some spooky but true trivia from this successful horror franchise.
Throughout the film series, many characters have been named after directors, producers or stars from genre films over the ages. Here’s a rundown of how they got their names:
CHARACTER NAME INSPIRATION
Chaney “Man of a Thousand Faces” Lon Chaney (The Wolfman)
Waggner Director George Waggner (The Wolfman)
Browning Tod Browning (Dracula, Freaks)
Larry Murnau, Director F.W. Murnau (Nosferatu)
Schreck Max Schreck, star of Nosferatu
Valerie Lewton Producer Val Lewton (The Body Snatcher)
Howard Siegel Director Don Siegel (Dirty Harry)
Billy Hitchcock Director Alfred Hitchcock (Psycho)
Final Destination 2
Kimberly Corman Director/producer Roger Corman (Fall of the House of Usher, Little Shop of Horrors)
Final Destination 3
Erin Ulmer Edgar G. Ulmer (Detour, Isle of Lost Souls)
Lewis Romero Director George A. Romero (Night of the Living Dead)
Ashley Freund Cinematographer/director Karl Freund (Metropolis)
The Final Destination
Nick O’Bannon Writer/Director Dan O’Bannon (Alien)
Janet Cunningham Director Sean Cunningham (Friday the 13th)
Lori Milligan Director Andy Milligan (The Ghastly Ones)
Hunt Wynorski Director Jim Wynorski (Chopping Mall)
Final Destination 5
Peter Friedkin Director William Friedkin (The Exorcist)
Candice Hooper Director Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre)
Olivia Castle Horror impresario William Castle (House on Haunted Hill)
The first film, originally titled Flight 180, was based on a concept originally written as a unfilmed script for The X-Files. The title was changed but the number remained.
- In the first Final Destination, a bedside clock fades in from 1:00am to 180.
- In Final Destination 2, a police officer radios in an accident at mile marker 180. The number repeats again when a character is pulled out of the way of a truck, in a road work sign that says “next 180 feet.”
- In Final Destination 3, a light rail train number is 081, which, reflected in the mirror is 180. In the hardware store scene, a tag that fatefully catches on a chain has UNIT 081 written on it.
- In the fourth film, The Final Destination, victims at the race track accident are seated in area 180 (as shown on a sign behind them). The number repeats in video camera footage and on the roof of a bus in the final scene.
In Final Destination, the ill-fated flight is scheduled to take off at 9:25, which is the same as the main character’s birthday (25th September). When he gets on the plane, he sits in seat I (the 9th letter of the alphabet) in row 25.
The number “666,” generally considered to be a bad omen, appears on a luggage cart in the first film and on the car that crashes at the speedway in the fourth film.
In The Final Destination, two characters go into auditorium 13 (considered an unlucky number) and to their doom.
MORE STRANGE TRIVIA
In the first film, the original plan was to have Death as a much more obvious entity, as illustrated when the character Tod sees a shadow in the mirror and the water running back into the toilet to “cover its tracks.” Subsequently, it was decided to have the deaths appear simply as accidents.
Death foreshadowed: During the opening credits of the first film, a hanging doll, a guillotine and a picture of a knife in someone’s chest foreshadow what will soon befall the characters. One character is shadowed by a dagger in the first film, while in the second film, a character’s face fades into the outline of a skull, and yet another character unwisely ignores warnings about his eye. In Final Destination 3, two characters hear the song “Love Rollercoaster,” which refers to the rollercoaster that should have killed them.
In order to film the massive pileup sequence in Final Destination 2, several miles of highway had to be closed down for several days.
In Final Destination 3, the cast members on the rollercoaster had to ride the coaster 26 times on the same night in order to shoot the film’s main premonition scene.
Tony Todd, who plays Bludworth in the first, second and fifth films, provides the voice of the devil above the entrance to the roller coaster in Final Destination 3. In that third film, he also provides the speaker’s voice saying, “This is the end of the line” in the subway.
The opening titles of The Final Destination recreate death scenes from all three of the previous films. The fourth film holds the distinction of containing 11 “kills,” the most of any film in the series.
In The Final Destination, when he is hit by the bus, the character George is in the middle of stating, “My wife said that Deja Vu is like God’s way of…” and then he’s cut off by the impact. Some viewers wonder what the end of his sentence was going to be. The answer is that of a common expression “…telling you that you are in the right place at the right time,” hence the irony of the situation.
FINAL DESTINATION IS RELEASED NATIONALLY 26TH AUGUST 2011
Are you a fan of the franchise? Will you be seeing the film? Have you any strange but true stories form other films? Comment Below…