Slasher movies first popped up in the 1970s. There was Black Christmas, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Alice, Sweet Alice, and Halloween. It was a fresh and exciting new drama for the masses. Nowadays, the genre's a joke. Nothing but, gore, nudity, and zero originality. Final Exam is completely unoriginal, and yet it's different.
Plot - College students are taking their final exams, waiting for summer vacation. I can't say anymore, because that's it. The killer doesn't kill until the climax. I can't describe the climax. It's rare for these movies to be only suspense until the end. It's really lame. It's not bad. There's nothing dumb about it. 3/10
Acting - It's average. The girl and Mark are good, Radish and Gary are okay. The worst are Wildman and Courtney in the last 15 minutes. I was actually surprised at how the acting was better than I thought it would be. They seem like college students, making it all the more realistic. 7/10
Set Design/Location Shoot - It's a college. Very uninteresting. There's another location, but it's only shown for a few seconds. 5/10
Cinematography - Okay. Nothing noteworthy. 5/10
Soundtrack - The music sounds interchangeable. Mostly quiet. 0/10
Script/Dialogue - The dialogue's realistic, the dialogue sounds at times sounds like gossip. Whenever Radish speaks, it's about murder. He's probably got the best dialogue like Randy from Scream. Not the best actor though. 8/10
Characters - Courtney's kind, sweet, and envious. Lisa is a girl who's got the looks and can get by in life just fine with it. Courtney wants that, and it's up to Radish to cheer her up. Janet's a romantic. She's in love with Gary and that's the only thing that matters. Gary's a Gamma pledge, and he'll do anything the Gammas tell him to, even steal the answers. He is reluctant at first, showing that he will at least think about what he's doing before acting. He is also an a**hole. Janet has shown him nothing but love and he's got the audacity to call her a b****. Although understandably, he's tied to a tree with whipped cream and ice covering him in his underwear at night. Mark and Wildman are sociopaths. They pull a prank shooting, so Mark can pass his exam and his parents can pay for his car again. And everyone just brushes it off. The girls just laugh after seeing a Gamma sticker on the van, Coach finds it hilarious, and the Sheriff treats it as if it is a prank. Radish and Janet are the only ones to care, and Janet's only mildly surprised. Mark and Wildman deserve legal punishment. Radish is murder-obsessed. During the prank shooting and the climax, he says, "it's happening", apparently expecting both events to happen. He's even got a poster of Murder Is My Beat on his wall, further accenting his obsession. He's also got sense, as during both the prank and the climax he immediately calls the cops. He fails in the climax, because of the prank. We don't get any information on the killer. He's a discount Michael Myers, who is the most boring slasher villain ever. He is just awful. Believable characters, except for the killer. There's not much depth. There's no exposition background. 7/10
Gore/Nudity - No creativity whatsoever. No murders except opening scene, for 50 minutes! Brief nudity. 0/10
Overall - One of the worst slasher in existence. Worse than Death Nurse 2. Decent movie though. Jimmy Huston was attempting something different. We replace gore with characters. It works more as a failed thriller/college drama. I have a theory about the killer. When watching movies, you want to feel immersed in the story. We'd like to feel we're around the characters. So my theory is, that Jimmy Huston wanted us to feel as if we are characters. That's why we spent those long 50 minutes with no murders. We're characters in the movie. Suddenly, this psycho killer shows up out of nowhere and now the characters are confused as to who he is and why this is happening. That's why we never find out the killer's name, motivations, and switch in campuses. It's because the characters have no idea who he is and why he's here. We're not supposed to know, because we are the characters. We're confused, just like the characters. I think that's what people didn't get when they saw it, and it's a shame too. It's a sh**** slasher movie, but an okay movie. I will admit, I found it strange how this killer seemed to have supernatural powers for no other reason than to be a rip-off of other, more well-known killers. I will still bump the movie up 1 point, just for that reason. Also, this movie has no sense of continuity. When, Gary goes to steal the answers, it's nighttime. When he comes back out of the office, it's still night. But then, we see him taken to be treed, it's clearly daytime. Just thought I'd give it a mention. It's an okay movie. I don't understand the 14% on Rotten Tomatoes, just because it's boring. Did they pay attention to the other things the movie has in it. I give it a 5.375/10, rounded is 5.38, rounded is 5.4, rounded is a decent 5/10.