Courtesy of E1 Entertainment
Writer/Dir: John Michael Elfers - feature film directorial debut
Cast: Carolyn von Hauck, Suthi Picotte, Brad Barnes, Elizabeth Holmes, Steven Nieport
Reason to see: Always on the hunt for good horror films
Wow, where to begin with Finale. I love an ultra low budget horror film that fully embraces it's low budgetness but doesn't skimp on story, ideas or atmosphere and for that Finale delivers to the bitter end. I certainly can't say I understood it all, but that just ending up adding to its charm.
Finale is a supernatural centric horror film that follows a family where after a death of a family member, each remaining family member becomes drawn into an odd world of the unexplained he left behind. Sometimes by active choice, sometimes by accident, but inevitable all take part or are affected in some way with the bizarre and surreal world. The peak into this world is the one of the highlights of the film, as the visual stylings to depict and incorporate it into the film are freaking awesome. At all times you are completely aware that it's a low budget film, but instead of this being a limitation of the film it fully embraces and owns it, especially with the use of colour and texture through editing. I keep asking myself "How did they *do* that?" or just marvelling at the intensity and vivaciousness of the effects.
Although there was lots to enjoy in the film, I was a bit saddened by the inclusion of several scenes of scantily clad people moaning and groaning ritualistically as well as the presence of some sexual violence, because without this in the film I could really widely recommend it. But, as much as I didn't like those scene they were important to the context of the film and therefore s intregral, as much as I would have preferred not to sit through them. The only other thing that at times threw me out of the pace of the film was the acting, which holds a certain kind of charm specifically to low budget horror movies. But, every time I got thrown out of the film I was quickly pulled back in either by the inventiveness of the story, the fascinating effects or the brilliance of the overall vision. Watching it was a full on roller coaster ride of being drawn into and out of the film, and then back in again. A highly engrossing viewing experience on so many levels, and one that left me thinking about the film ever since.
Warnings: Gore & sexual violence
- A Trail by Fire - Making of Finale (44 minutes) - extensive making of that has tons of behind-the-scenes footage from auditions, shooting on an ultra-low budget, set dressing, practical effects and more. I loved how they walked through several of the scenes of the film from set-up to filming then actually showing the scene in the film, and the energy of how they put those sections together really represented the spirit of the film. The section on practical effects is quite substantial (11 minutes) as well as being informative and entertaining.
- Deleted Scenes (4 scenes, 3 minutes) - all very short scenes that were cut,
Shannon's Overall View:
I found it very engaging
I'll watch it again
I'd recommend to fans of supernatural horror and films with a unique visually style
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© Shannon Ridler, 2010