In Final Destination, death had a design. Turns out, so did the script writers. I guess I shouldn't feel bad for not noticing this cool horror fan reference hidden in plain sight in the first Final Destination movie; I was only 13 at the time.
Since then, I've seen billions more horror movies and I've noticed one pretty cool thing after watching Final Destination again: the characters are all named after classic figures in horror cinema!
Here's a reminder of the characters we're looking at in one of the greatest horror set pieces of the 21st Century!
Played by: Devon Sawa
Named after: Tod Browning
Who was he? Infamous director of 1932 shocker Freaks as well as the original 1931 Dracula.
Played by: Daniel Roebuck
Named after: Robert Wiene
Who was he? Austrian Wiene directed The Cabinet of Dr Caligari, the 1927 silent horror classic.
Played by: Roger Guenveur Smith
Named after: Max Schreck
Who was he? Max Schreck played Count Orlok in iconic 1922 silent horror Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens.
Tod and George Waggner
Played by: Chad E. Donella and Brendan Fehr
Named after: George Waggner
Who was he? Director of 1941 black-and-white monster movie The Wolf Man. The name 'Tod' is taken from Tod Browning, as mentioned above re: Freaks.
See Tod Waggner meet death's design...
Played by: Seann William Scott
Named after: Alfred Hitchcock
Who was he? Pretty much the most famous thriller/suspense director of all time, creating The Birds, Rear Window, Vertigo and Psycho. You've probably heard of him!
Played by: Amanda Detmer
Named after: Lon Chaney
Who was he? Classic horror star who played The Phantom of the Opera (1925) and also starred in the infamous lost horror movie London After Midnight (1927).
Played by: Forbes Angus
Named after: F.W. Murnau
Who was he? Director of seminal silent horror Nosferatu (1922)
Played by: Lisa Marie Caruk
Named after: Carol Marsh
Who was she? Actress Carol Marsh played girl-turned-vamp Lucy Holmwood alongside Christopher Lee in Hammer's 1958 Dracula (released in the US as The Horror of Dracula).
Played by: Christine Chatelain
Named after: Carl Theodor Dreyer
Who was he? Danish director who made Vampyr (1932), one of the first horror movies to use sound. The story is based upon In a Glass Darkly by Sheridan Le Fanu.
Valerie Lewton (Yeah, this one's pretty obvious!)
Played by: Kristen Cloke
Named after: Val Lewton
Who was he? Producer of many seminal RKO pictures such as I Walked With a Zombie (1943) and Jacques Tourneur's Cat People (1942).
Watch Val(erie) Lewton get hella killed. Possibly the best Final Destination death ever? Discuss!
Clear Rivers (Ali Larter's character) is named after named after the director's assistant. The only character names I can't firmly ascertain classic horror namesakes for are Carter Horton (Kerr Smith) and William Bludworth (Tony Todd), although 'blood-worth' seems to be a simple pun based on Todd's ghoulish profession. Any suggestions welcome, horror fans!