Final Examination

Year: 2002

Director: Ed Raymond

Written by: Sean O'Bannon, Kimberly A. Ray

Threat: Psychopath

Weapon of Choice: Rope

Based upon: none

IMDb page: IMDb link

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The tyranist's thoughts
This one is a T&A slasher that is often closer to soft-core porn than it is to being scary. But if you didn't know that after reading the back of the case, it's probably your own problem and not theirs.
The plot, which is conveniently thin, involves a bunch of late-twentysomething girls who are invited to be a group centerfold of a magazine. They arrive at a hotel in Hawaii and start to die. Badly.
Kari Wuhrer plays one of the two cops and is almost the only reason to watch this one. No she doesn't get naked, and maybe that's why she stands out. Of all the women in the movie, she alone seemed capable of acting. The other bit that is worth it happens close to the very end when yet another member of the psychopathic family is revealed. It is the most frightening bit in the movie and the actress (whose name slips me at the moment) deserves a pat on the back for that one scene. She's nothing special in the rest of the movie, unfortunately.
So the script was obviously cobbled together as they shot and the acting was about what you'd expect for a T&A slasher flick. The effects were adequate, but nothing special. Really the movie came of as pretty mediocre with very little to set it apart from its peers. The camp value was even low enough that it wouldn't be much fun in a group.
You can probably skip this one without feeling even a little bad. Unless, of course, you adore Kari Wuhrer and want to see something relatively recent that doesn't involve giant spiders.

Total Skulls: 16

Sequel setup
Rips off earlier film
Horror film showing on TV/in theater in movie
Future celebrity appears
Former celebrity appears
Bad title skull
Bad premise
Bad acting
Bad dialogue
Bad execution
MTV Editing
OTS skullskull
Girl unnecessarily gets naked skull
Wanton sex skullskull
Death associated with sex
Unfulfilled promise of nudity
Characters forget about threat
Secluded location
Power is cut skull
Phone lines are cut skull
Someone investigates a strange noise
Someone runs up stairs instead of going out front door
Camera is the killer skull
Victims cower in front of a window/door
Victim locks self in with killer
Victim running from killer inexplicably falls
Toilet stall scene
Shower/bath scene skull
Car stalls or won't start
Cat jumps out
Fake scare
Laughable scare
Stupid discovery of corpse
Dream sequence skull
No one believes only witness
Crazy, drunk, old man knows the truth
Warning goes unheeded
Music detracts from scene
Death in first five minutes skull
x years before/later skull
Flashback sequence skull
Dark and stormy night
Killer doesn't stay dead
Killer wears a mask skull
Killer is in closet
Killer is in car with victim
Villain is more sympathetic than heroes
Unscary villain/monster
Blood fountain
Blood spatters - camera, wall, etc.
Poor death effect
Excessive gore
No one dies at all
Virgin survives
Geek/Nerd survives
Little kid lamely survives
Dog/Pet miraculously survives
Unresolved subplots
"It was all a dream" ending
Unbelievably happy ending
Unbelievably crappy ending
What the hell? skull