The Final Destination horror franchise has endured for over a decade by relying on a simple, repeatable premise, in which a group of attractive young people attempt to outrun death’s reach … and fail, miserably. The actors hired to perish in gruesome, sometimes hilarious ways are usually unknowns, fresh faces eager to add a new credit to their relatively thin CVs. Death – Final Destination’s version of it, at least – doesn’t care if you’re famous.
The series’ latest chapter, Final Destination 5, tweaks the formula a bit by introducing a few more recognizable names into the mix, including two established comic actors, David Koechner and P.J. Byrne, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent veteran Courtney B. Vance. Emma Bell, who plays the female lead, recently did a memorable stint on the smash zombie series The Walking Dead; her co-star, Nicholas D’Agosto, had a major role in From Prada to Nada. (Okay, that last one was stretching it a bit.) Candyman star Tony Todd, the actor most associated with the FD franchise, returns to the fold after skipping the previous film, 2009’s The Final Destination – perhaps not his decision, but a serendipitous one nonetheless.
We recently sat down with Todd, Bell, and the rest of the stars of Final Destination 5 to find out what scares them, what it’s like to see yourself killed in 3D, and whose death was the most excruciating:
(Note: These interviews include a few spoilers, which aren’t really spoilers to anyone vaguely familiar with the FD films.)