Thanks to UGO, we have the first teaser poster for The Final Destination, the fourth, and presumably final (see what I did there?) installment in the surprisingly successful teen horror franchise. Eric Bress and David R. Ellis (who wrote and directed the second movie, respectively) are back for the fourth movie, which stars Bobby Campo, Shantel VanSanten, Krista Allen, Mykelti Williamson, Haley Webb, Nick Zano, Andrew Fiscella and Richard T. Jones.

The Final Destination will be in 3D, which can be assumed is the trick the studio has up its sleeve to hook audiences into a franchise that’s gone past it’s sell-by-date already. Before we get to the poster, here’s the synopsis the studio has for the movie:

On what should have been a fun-filled day at the races, Nick O’Bannon has a horrific premonition in which a bizarre sequence of events causes multiple race cars to crash, sending flaming debris into the stands, brutally killing his friends and causing the upper deck of the stands to collapse on him. When he comes out of this grisly nightmare Nick panics, persuading his girlfriend, Lori, and their friends, Janet and Hunt, to leave… escaping seconds before Nick’s frightening vision becomes a terrible reality. Thinking they’ve cheated death, the group has a new lease on life, but unfortunately for Nick and Lori, it is only the beginning. As his premonitions continue and the crash survivors begin to die one-by-one–in increasingly gruesome ways–Nick must figure out how to cheat death once and for all before he, too, reaches his final destination.

Sounds just about the same as what we’ve had three times now already. Anyway, here’s the pretty cool teaser poster for The Final Destination:

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I’ve never been a huge fan of the Final Destination series. They’re not terrible movies – they provide some shocking and entertaining jump scares whenever a prime-for-the-kill teen gets offed. But the formula that they can never escape their fate of death only sufficed for one, maybe two movies. The third was entirely unnecessary (not to mention the worst of the three), and the fourth one, it stands to reason, will follow suit.

The teaser poster is pretty cool, I guess, but the tagline “Rest In Pieces” seems like such an obvious thing to choose. I like the use of the skull and the mirror broken on top of it, though.

Just for kicks, check out a couple of images from the movie (click on the images for larger versions):

As far as The Final Destination being in 3D goes, I’m not thrilled with the idea. Most often 3D is used as a visual gimmick and that the novelty of wears off very quickly. The only reason I can see for them employing it within this film is to give it a bit of an edge over most other horror movies (although things like My Bloody Valentine 3D and Scar 3D have already floundered in the 3D horror film market), and also to exaggerate the jump scare/kill scenes.

I guess it will be a little bit more of an experience seeing someone get their head chopped off in 3D. But I sense, just as both the formula of the series and the 3D technology usually does, the novelty will wear off pretty damn quickly.

What do you make of this first teaser poster for the fourth Final Destination movie? Do you think this really will be the final destination for the series, or do you think there will be another on the way if this one does well at the box office?

The Final Destination is scheduled to be released on August 28, 2009

Source: UGO and ComingSoon.net