The Final Terror actually isn’t a terrible movie. It’s low budget and the acting isn’t always the best, though it is fun seeing Daryl Hannah and Joe Pantoliano before they were big, and some of the shots done by Andrew Davis (The Fugitive) were quite impressive.
The Final Terror
Shout Factory | R – 82 min. – $26.99 | July 1, 2014
A group of young campers out for what they hope will be a fun-filled weekend finds their plans spoiled by a disguised, merciless killer who stalks the forest in search of new victims. Soon they are caught in a terrifying web of bloodshed and murder. It is up to the remaining few to defend themselves and put an end to the terror-filled weekend.
SPECIAL FEATURES – 3.0/5
The features are a bit light, but we do get an insightful, if not a bit dry, Audio Commentary with Director Andrew Davis; Post Terror: Finishing The Final Terror (22:59) which is an interview with Post Production Supervisor Allan Holzman and Composer Susan Justin; The First Terror with Adrian Zmed and Lewis Smith (16:22) where the two actors recount their time on the production; also included is the Theatrical Trailer (2:17) and a Behind the Scenes Stills Gallery.
VIDEO – 2.75/5
The movie begins with an explanation that all film footage, including negatives, were lost so the transfer was culled together from other sources, mostly from private film collectors, so don’t take my rating the wrong way when considering the strain Shout Factory went to deliver this film onto home video. As it stands, the movie is inconsistent where colors go from cool to warm, detail levels aren’t always the best and darker scenes, while sometimes nice and stark, also shows off a fair amount of noise. Still, when you consider the source, it’s not a terrible transfer.
AUDIO – 3.5/5
The movie comes with a half decent DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono track which features clear dialogue levels and even the music/score comes through well enough although at times it does top out once in a while. Considering the film’s age, and presumably limited budget, it’s still an impressive lossless track.
OVERALL – 2.5/5
Overall, The Final Terror actually isn’t a terrible movie. It’s low budget and the acting isn’t always the best, though it is fun seeing Daryl Hannah and Joe Pantoliano before they were big, and some of the shots done by Andrew Davis (The Fugitive) were quite impressive. The Blu-ray released under Shout’s Scream Factory line does an OK job with the video since film prints were lost and the audio was adequate and culls together some nice bonus features.