Killer Machines | 31 Nights of Horror Challenge

For this year’s 31 Nights of Horror Challenge, the Day 22 prompt is Killer Machines. I was still traveling so my options were limited so I went with Final Destination 3 (2006) on AMC’s annual Fear Fest. This series of movies  is notoriously bad but still in good fun.


When Wendy Christensen has a vision of an accident on a rollercoaster that results in her and her friends’ deaths, she instantly begins to panic and gets off the ride, causing some of her friends to get off as well. The remaining friends, including Wendy’s boyfriend, are stuck on the roller coaster and involved in an accident. With Death waiting around the corner, Wendy and Kevin Fischer must try and work out Death’s plan before they and the remaining survivors end up dead.

Our Thoughts on Final Destination 3

First off, this series is just a grab bag full of cliches and really bad acting but it is still in good fun especially if you don’t have any other horror movies to watch, like we did, stuck in a hotel room

I went with Final Destination 3 out of the marathon that was on that night on AMC’s Fear Fest because of the roller coaster scene. My wife and I love roller coasters and we do what we call a Rock n Roller Coaster Tour Across America each summer. 

3 out of 10


The cast members on the roller coaster had to ride it 26 times on the same night in order to shoot the film’s main premonition scene.

Tony Todd, who portrayed William Bludworth in Final Destination (2000) and Final Destination 2 (2003) provides the voice of the devil above the entrance to the roller coaster. He also provides the speaker’s voice saying, “This is the end of the line” in the subway towards the end of the film.

Most of the roller coaster footage was filmed on the “Corkscrew” at Playland, part of the Pacific National Exhibition in Vancouver, British Columbia. The actual ride is much tamer and slower (only contains a double corkscrew inversion) compared to “Devil’s Flight”, which contains multiple vertical loops and multiple corkscrew sections. In order to achieve such a roller coaster, CGI was applied to the roller coaster set, which contained a hydraulic setup that mimic the actual roller coaster.

You have to remember that this was 2006 and a lot has changed since then, especially with technology and cell phones. Do people even use tanning booths any more?