It’s always exciting when a horror film can think up a truly unique premise to draw its scares from—though we just as easily love when reliable staples from the genre are reconfigured to popular (and often gruesome) delight. Yet the ideal situation is when the best of both worlds can blend like so much blood and terror, and an old fashioned idea can be spun off in a radically new and exciting direction. That’s exactly what appears to be happening in the upcoming The Final Wish.
The Final Wish taps into that karmic retribution horror that makes the simple monkey’s paw archetype still so effective. When Aaron Hammond (Michael Welch) returns home to help his mother (Lin Shaye) after the death of his father, he stumbles upon some unusual belongings that were in his dad’s possession. Matters only get worse for the Hammond family after this point in a film carries the same Rube Goldberg-ian variety of mayhem that was present in the writer Jeffrey Reddick’s biggest claim to fame, Final Destination.
This exclusive clip helps demonstrate the rollercoaster of a performance that Lin Shaye delivers in this film, as well as the tense dynamic between Aaron and his mother. The short segment hits an extremely unnerving chord and indicates that this may be one of Shaye’s more memorable horror roles. And let’s just say after watching it, you’ll never listen to Bobby Darin the same way again. Yikes!
The Final Wish will be in theaters Jan. 24 for an exclusive one-night only affair, courtesy of Fathom Events. However, the premiere will also include a recorded introduction by Lin Shaye, as well as a Q&A with the cast and crew from Screamfest Horror Film Festival.
Daniel Kurland is a published writer, comedian, and critic whose work can be read on Den of Geek, Vulture, Bloody Disgusting, and ScreenRant. Daniel knows that the owls are not what they seem, that Psycho II is better than the original, and he’s always game to discuss Space Dandy. His perma-neurotic thought process can be followed at @DanielKurlansky.