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Final Exam

1981

Action / Horror / Thriller

4.7

Synopsis

In a small college in North Carolina, only a select few students are left to take mid terms. But, when a killer strikes, it could be everyone's final exam.

Director

Jimmy Huston

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by lianzantoro 10 /10

The Night He Came to Campus

A shadowy figure randomly decides to stop at a small college campus and stalk the student body.

Final Exam is an anomaly of the early 80s slasher craze. It eschews blood, gore, and sex, in favor of characters and atmosphere. For me this film succeeds for all the reasons that most viewers consider it a failure. The character development actually works.

The characters are all stereotypes. The virgin, the tramp, the airhead, the nerd, the jock, and the preppy. But three of those characters are really memorable. Courtney the virgin, (Cecile Bagdadi), is so likeable and believable. Radish the nerd, (Joel S. Rice) is annoying yet endearing. Wildman the jock, (Ralph Brown) is a total goofball. I really enjoyed watching these people interact.

The killing doesn't commence until the last third of the film, but it's really atmospheric with the killer stalking his victims on the dark, deserted campus. Limestone College in Gaffney, SC where this was filmed was the perfect location and really adds to the atmosphere.

The killer having no motive actually works much better than having some convoluted motive. The killer not wearing a mask, but mostly being in the shadows is very effective. Roaming the campus wearing a mask when it's not even Halloween would've been kind of conspicuous.

If you want to time travel back to 1981 at the peak of the slasher craze, watch Final Exam. Then watch The Burning and The Prowler.

Reviewed by marcusgrant-86630 8 /10

What Would Happen If Michael Myers Crashed A Porky's Sequel?

Final Exam has all the ingredients of a typical 80's slasher - deserted location, silent killer, spooky synth score, lots of coeds for the picking - but its attention to character and college hijinx help it to stand out from the glut of similar films out there at the same time.

Final Exam's plot is about as simple as it gets. Coeds are sliced and diced during finals week at their college. That's it. Thankfully, the makers of Final Exam have peppered the film with a group of interesting and goofy characters who keep morale up until the slashing begins.

To many, this is a HUGE hindrance. Besides a bloodless prologue, the killing doesn't start until nearly an hour into the 90 minute film. If that's a deal breaker, then take your negativity elsewhere. This is one of those movies where I'd have been perfectly content to watch this cast of characters go about their day to day lives, laugh, fall in love, have their hearts broken, play pranks on each other, etc. In many ways, it's a great college comedy...that just happens to be crashed by a psycho killer.

The killer in Final Exam is of the strong, silent hulking variety. We learn nothing about this guy and can barely make out his features. For Michael Myers, this is unnerving because of his clean, white mask, but it's strangely frustrating here. Sure, random violence is always usually scarier than a big, dramatic unmasking scene where the killer goes on for 10 minutes about their abusive childhood and how they were never asked to dance at prom, but I feel like they could have given us something. There's a throwaway line about a girl who was accidentally killed during a sorority initiation a little while back, so maybe this is her father or brother getting revenge? Who knows.

Final Exam is a very underrated piece of 80's drive-in cinema. You can do much worse. Hell, you probably already have.

Reviewed by martinscrimm 8 /10

A Character Driven Slasher Film?

Final Exam gets a bad rep. It's not gory, it's not terribly scary, and it takes about an hour to get to the slashing, but it's obvious that it was tying to do something a little different. Judging by most people's reactions, they didn't succeed, but I beg to differ.

Not once was I bored and that's more than I can say for a lot of other movies. The characters and performances were amusing and watchable, which kept me going until the bodies began to hit the floor. The killer could stand to be a bit more imposing and I do think, in this case, he should have worn some kind of a mask, but that's a small quibble.

I admire Final Exam for trying something new. On the surface, it seems like your run of the mill slasher film (which it turns into in its last half hour), but there's a uniquely humanist angle here that I like.

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