Director: Jimmy Huston
Screenwriter: Jimmy Huston
Cast: Cecile Bagdadi, Joel S. Rice, DeAnna Robbins, Sherry Willis-Burch, Ralph Brown, John Fallon, Timothy Raynor
Rated R | 89 Minutes
Release Date: May 13, 2013
It’s the standard opening to a low-budget ’80s slasher flick: Two college kids (Carol Capka and Shannon Norfleet) are making out in a convertible. While things are gettin’ hot and heavy, a burly lunatic jumps on top of the car, slices through the soft-top and stabs them to death.
Meanwhile, at Lanier College, it’s finals week. As the semester comes to a close, a fraternity plays a prank by staging a phony school shooting/terrorist attack. I know what you’re saying, “A terrorist attack!?” Yes, a goddamn terrorist attack. I’m talking ski masks, machine guns, a black van – the whole nine. Only in the ’80s could a silly slasher flick draw on real-life events like the U.S. embassy hostage situation in Tehran and President Reagan’s feud with Libya’s Muammar el-Qaddafi for a punchline.
Anyway, an escalating series of pranks and hazings distract everyone – including the town sheriff (Sam Kilman) – from the presence of a lumbering, knife-wielding psychopath intent on slashing up a few student bodies. That’s pretty much all there is to Final Exam, a forgettable film written and directed by Jimmy Huston (My Best Friend Is a Vampire).
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