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I liked "Finale" so much that I did a little research, and found this very revealing comment by the director, John Elfer:
"My oldest brother hanged himself when I was 12, and my mother retreated into grief-stricken denial and paranoia, blaming his death on the planned sacrifice of a demonic cult. I wrote FINALE to face my demons, telling the story from her perspective.
My team landed grants from Kodak and Panavision, then set out for the post-industrial wasteland on the outskirts of my hometown, shooting in backwoods, abandoned houses, down dirt roads, crypt-like passages and cemeteries - desolate, haunting, forgotten places.
We ran through flames, blasted a prosthetic head with shotguns, got held up at gunpoint by police who mistook us for burglars, the FBI found our prop pipe-bombs and shut down the highway to blow them up.
We lived on location and worked without heat or running water in the dead of winter. I stunt-doubled for actors, even dressed in drag with my legs shaved.
I gave up all stability, even lived out of my car to see FINALE to completion. I took a leap of faith to chase my dreams - a trial by fire - and we passed."
Elfer's movie more than just 'passes.Read more ›
That being said, let's make this quick and easy. The script is terrible-with a capital 'T'. The acting was poor-on everyone's part; just because you nail a line here or there, or pull off the right expression that is actually called for in the moment, that does not forgive an hour and a half of mostly missing the delivery. The story/theme/plot...well, I've seen some combination or another a dozen times. The only good things to come from this film? The director and the effects artist(s). The director has talent-that's obvious- interesting shots, a good eye for drama, but his vision is clearly too grand for the budget. The demon and the effects used to portray him, were actually impressive, and rightly creepy. These two things are about the only highlights of this film.
I will also add that college/high school kids make for a very boring focus of this film (adults make for the best occultists ). However, I bet any drama student with a "wannabe" obsession for the occult would love it!
All in all, I give one star for quality, but I award a second star for at least having the courage to not only make this film, but upon completion, having further courage to release it.
*Nothing personal, just thought it was a crap film.*
According to another reviewer, the creator of this project (I won't call it a "film") made this as a way, allegedly, to deal with his demons after the suicide of his brother. I don't know if this is true, and if it is, my sincerest condolences to him for having to live through such a trauma. But personal trauma does not a movie make. And this, dear readers, is a bad, bad movie. Perhaps he was not yet ready to tell his tale. Or perhaps he simply didn't know how, and it does a disservice to that experience by being a hollow, nonsensical and childish movie that looked more like a sequence of Marilyn Manson music video clips than anything resembling a horror movie. It's an unbridled, unrestrained festival of unrelated images and a rudimentary, unimaginative concept of storytelling and filmmaking. I don't care what your life experiences are, or what catharsis you need. If you make bad art, it's bad art.
The plot, if we can call it that, is nonsensical at best, and relies on a series of tired horror tropes that go nowhere and mean nothing. We have a series of jarring noises and jump cuts, twitchy figures and by-the-book-creepy settings, some chick in goth attire eating birds that we don't care about, as well as some thrown-together "clues" that lead to no logical conclusion. The acting is terrible, as is the writing. The story has no basis in the real world, and leaves the audience with a collection of glaring plot holes to contend with. For example, the demon is supposed to "collect souls" at 10:28, so every night is fraught with potential peril. Right?Read more ›
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