ByJancy Richardson, writer at
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Jancy Richardson

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!

Alex Browning

Played by: Devon Sawa

Named after: Tod Browning

Who was he? Infamous director of 1932 shocker Freaks as well as the original 1931 Dracula.

Agent Wiene

Played by: Daniel Roebuck

Named after: Robert Wiene

Who was he? Austrian Wiene directed The Cabinet of Dr Caligari, the 1927 silent horror classic.

Agent Schreck

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

Tod (L) and George Waggner
Tod (L) 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...

Billy Hitchcock

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!

Terry Chaney

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).

Larry Murnau

Played by: Forbes Angus

Named after: F.W. Murnau

Who was he? Director of seminal silent horror Nosferatu (1922)

Christa Marsh

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).

Blake Dreyer

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!


Be honest, did you notice that the Final Destination characters are named after classic horror icons?

Source: Youtube, IMDB


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