In the Final Destination franchise, Death is not only an entity - it seems to enjoy creating Rube Goldberg-like paths to each unlucky character's doom. As in the Saw movies, the demise of a character in Final Destination is as much a part of the story as the lead protagonist's journey. Each expiration is set up for maximum impact - sometimes very literally - with small choices and seemingly coincidental interactions creating an unstoppable domino effect that leaves audiences hyper-aware of the butterfly effect in their own lives.
From the first film's opening disaster on an airplane to the last movie's gruesome laser eye surgery, these are the most disturbing deaths in the Final Destination franchise. Vote up the untimely ends that left audiences shuddering for years to come.
Kimberly (A.J. Cook) and her friends set off in her SUV for a spring break in Florida, but during a wait to enter the highway, she has a premonition of a deadly multi-car pileup. A semitruck carrying large logs scatters its load across the highway, ending the life of Officer Burke (Michael Landes), who is distracted by a hot coffee spill in his lap.
A motorcyclist slides in the carnage and is smashed by his own vehicle, then a Mustang attempts to avoid the logs but gets taken out by a second large truck. A businesswoman's SUV slams into another log, and the same happens to a mother and son when their car's brake is compromised by a water bottle under the pedal.Is this disturbing?
Revenge Of The Air Bag - 'Final Destination 2'
Kat (Keegan Connor Tracy) drives the remaining survivors toward a hospital, but a blowout sends Kat's SUV out of control. A PVC pipe with a jagged end is thrust through her headrest, narrowly missing her skull.
Emergency crews arrive and begin attempts to release Kat, but too much jarring triggers her air bag and slams her cranium into the PVC pipe.Is this disturbing?
Laser Eye Surgery - 'Final Destination 5'Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures
Fed up with her glasses, Olivia (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) chooses to get laser eye surgery. Prepped and strapped into place, the laser malfunctions and begins to burn her eye as her doctor searches for files elsewhere.
When fellow survivors Sam (Nicholas D'Agosto) and Molly (Emma Bell) bust into the clinic, they find Olivia has freed herself - only to trip and fall out of the high-rise office's window. She lands on the cement below, losing an eye.Is this disturbing?
Hooked In The Elevator - 'Final Destination 2'
Still reeling from her son's gruesome demise and the idea that Death itself is stalking her, Nora (Lynda Boyd) takes an elevator to leave Officer Burke's (Michael Landes) apartment building and head home. In the elevator, she and Eugene (T.C. Carson) encounter an odd man with a wire basket full of prosthetics, including hook hands. Nora's long braid gets snagged in one of the hooks, then a call from Burke sends her into a panic.
In attempting to distance herself from the Prosthetics Man, Nora becomes hopelessly entangled. Then her neck gets trapped in the doors of the elevator. Eugene and Prosthetics Man can do nothing but watch as Nora loses her head with the rise of the elevator.Is this disturbing?