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A family descends into a vortex of denial and paranoia after the death of the oldest son.

Starring:
Carolyn Hauck, Suthi Picotte
Runtime:
1 hour 33 minutes

Finale

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Genres Thriller, Horror
Director John Michael Elfers
Starring Carolyn Hauck, Suthi Picotte
Supporting actors Elizabeth Holmes, Steven Nieport, James Johnson, Brad Barnes, Warren Bryson, Maria Jenkins, Domiziano Arcangeli, Regina Ashkinadze, Michelle Aston, Natasha Blasick, Geoff Burkman, Cream Cabahug, Shuo Chen, Yanik Elkin, Blake Gehring, Arlo Hemphill, Byron Lane, John W. Lawson
Studio Image Entertainment
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
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Admittedly, I went in knowing it was going to be bad.
Laura Caseley
The plot is ridiculous, the acting is even worse, and there isn't a moment in this movie that is creepy, scary, thoughtful, suspenseful, or even well thought out.
Joe Harrington
The cover art was clearly the most expensive thing in the film.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Blahblahblah on April 30, 2011
Format: DVD
During the first few minutes of the film I thought to myself "this is going to be crap" -- it looked like it was going to be incompetent cheese like Argento's rather unfortunate "Mother of Tears" -- but I was pleasantly surprised. As the plot began to clarify itself, it wound up becoming an effective piece that was very moody and suspenseful. This is definitely a film for those who prefer a horror movie with a growing sense of dread over special effects and bodycounts. Enhancing the film's effectiveness, although it was obviously low budget, some (not all) of the performers, particularly the lead, were actually quite good. I was particularly impressed by the direction. It was filled with lots of creative shots and movement which helped maintain a tense mood throughout. Whenever the director got creative it worked, instead of coming off as self-conscious garbage like Crank. It reminded me of directors from the 70s who cared what the film looked like, like Jean Rollin before he began making crappy direct to video digital films, or for a more recent example, The Collector (which is a beautifully shot film whatever its faults). The locations and sets also really enhanced the mood. The one critique I have of the film (and it is a major one) is that I found the demon, as well as all of the people writhing around it, ridiculous (which is why the opening left me pessimistic). The less clearly you saw the demon (and his followers at the height of their orgies around the demon, or the raven girl), the better they worked. They should have been kept to glimpses. But maybe the director felt a bit of a need to cater to the limited tastes of those horror fans who require spectacle.
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24 of 31 people found the following review helpful By phreejax on May 11, 2011
Format: Amazon Instant Video
I really liked this movie -- per the director, John Michael Elfer, "Finale" is something of an homage to movies like Dario Argento's 1977 "Suspiria," but there's a lot more going on here than just that. There are (and I think this is quite deliberate) elements here of a great many fine movies, not just the horror / giallo hybrids that Argento became famous for, but also Mario Bavo's gothic masterpieces, Clive Barker's better movies, and even Robert Wise's superb and still-scary 1963 film, "The Haunting."

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.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By TB on April 29, 2013
Format: Amazon Instant Video
I'd like to start by saying thanks to all you reviewers who marked this 3/5 and up. You really had me believing I would be missing out on the chance to watch a quality, low-budget film (yes, the two can exist simultaneously), instead...I feel compelled only to review this so that others don't fall into the same trap.

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.*
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I knew from the first few moments of this movie that I was essentially in a Dante Tomaselli joint, where dark magic itself is the key subject of the movie. By the time the mother started frantically spattering black pigment over all the reflective surfaces in her home, I was really hooked. The grainy film quality, the focus on images of decay and dark sexuality, the reliance on simple practical, essentially theatrical effects, to give the sense of magic. But this isn't just a Tomaselli ripoff. The plot is more coherent, and one has the feeling throughout that there might be hope in the epic battle between evil and an ordinary human goodness that is challenged to take up extraordinary means to prevent calamity from happening.
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