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01-09-2002, 09:39 PM
Alright, the film is a <b>huge</b> ripoff of Halloween, but if you are going to copy a slasher film, why not copy the best. I actually enjoyed this film, despite its vast similarities to Halloween (just listen to that score!) I thought the acting was very well done for a slasher film, and the character stereotypes (stupid jock, kindhearted nerd, conniving jock) were perfectly cheesy. Things move a long with a brisk pace, and the typically slower parts in the middle of a slasher film are offset here by some entertaining pranks and comedy. The presentation is fairly refined with nice tracking shots, and a few inspired camera angles, making this a step up from most slashers. While it wont win points for originality, and could have used a creepier killer (a tubby, 40 year old man with a comb over just doesn't cut it!), it still manages to entertain IMO. I already know Helly doesn't think highly of the film (we just can't agree! :) ), but what does everyone else think?

Joel Groce
01-10-2002, 09:08 AM
This film was alright - it was showing on the big screen here in Austin and I'm kicking myself for not going! I liked the girl in it (the psychology major) and it did have some creepy moments although highly derivative of Halloween. I did enjoy it more than other slashers that people speak VERY highly of like "My Bloody Valentine" and "Sleepaway Camp". But I'm eagerly awaiting "Terror Train" and "Alone in the Dark" for DVD. (but not holding my breath)

01-10-2002, 04:31 PM
I love this film! I remember seeing it opening day on my 11th birthday back in 1981 - it was playing with Prom Night (yes, even on opening day it was co-billed with a more popular film!).
Final Exam is fairly well-made (and surprisingly light on the blood and gore) and the actors are fun to watch. The film gets off to a slow start, but that's what I always liked about it - the college ambiance is so "dead"-on. It reminds me of the college I went to (minus the killer, of course).
Final Exam becomes a slasher by-the-numbers affair - but that is a good thing because slasher films that stray from the formula just don't cut it with me.
Useless trivia: if you ever see the Lucio Fulci film New York Ripper, there is a sequence in the film where you see a movie theater marquee advertising a showing of Final Exam (deep in the heart of then-tres chic Times Square).

01-12-2002, 08:39 PM
Glad to see other people like this slasher movie! The first half is just a lot of fun and games, and the second half delivers the horror goods, that is why I like it so much.

01-12-2002, 11:01 PM
If the genre can be thought of for just a moment in anatomical terms,this would be the sphincter...Nuff said?

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01-13-2002, 08:45 PM
Some pass the test... God help the rest!!!

If there was ever a film worthy of being called a "generic slasher movie," this is it. A generic killer stalks a generic college campus, stabbing his generic victims to death until he finally picks on a generic plucky co-ed who proves to be his demise. Everything in this picture is by-the-numbers, and even those undemanding horror fans who only ask for competent gore will be denied, as the numerous murders are practically anemic. A real yawner.
Sorry to be so harsh on FINAL EXAM but hey, it sucks!
C'mon rhett! This film is more like a TV movie of the week than a suspenseful, scary slasher flick. :(

Give me Graduation Day anytime! :D ;) ;) ;)

01-13-2002, 11:06 PM
Hey, I never said the film was scary, because it definitely isn't. It is just good cheesy 80's slasher fun! :)

01-14-2002, 01:22 AM
Speaking of Graduation Day......
Where the hell is that Troma DVD???????

01-14-2002, 02:48 AM
Originally posted by rhett
Hey, I never said the film was scary, because it definitely isn't. It is just good cheesy 80's slasher fun! :)

Hey, that's ok ;) Everybody got their guilty pleasure, FINAL EXAM just isn't one of mine.:)

01-16-2002, 05:07 PM
More useless trivia: Final Exam and Graduation Day played as a double feature here in San Francisco back in '81 - ain't ya mad you missed that one??

By the way, where is NIGHTMARE on DVD? I just saw the picture above and I liked that movie, too. It wasn't really the slasher I had hoped for, but it was a good time-waster. I remember when it played at theaters (I have the poster, too!) and they wouldn't let ANYONE under 17 in to see it. I think Drive-Ins in Reno and San Francisco paired it up with Meat Cleaver Massacre.

01-18-2002, 11:04 PM
wago70-You have the oringal poster for NightMare?Can you please post a scan of it id really like to see it thx.

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01-22-2002, 04:33 PM
I'm so lame that I don't have a means to scan it for ya. Not only that, I have several newspaper clippings of all the above movies from their original release. It would be cool if I could scan those.