From the Vault: Carnivore – The Final Terror (1983) Simon Fitzjohn June 12, 2017 Features, From The Vault 4284 Campsites, forests and isolated woodland have provided the backdrop for many slasher movies over the years. Bung a group of sex-starved teens out in the sticks and have them picked off one-by-one by a menacing force. After the success of Friday the 13th the market was flooded with like-minded bloodfests, but at least The Final Terror tries something a bit different. For starters, there is actually a realistic reason for the knife-fodder being out there – namely they are a bunch of trainee forest rangers out and about cleaning up blocked streams and rivers. The group stick together and continue to do so, which adds an air of realism far removed from the ‘I’ll be right back’ nonsense of so many films of this ilk. That is not to say there is not still a truckload of clichés – we get a sex scene, we get some drug use and we get lashings of lousy dialogue. The backstory is that supposedly some crazy old bag was swiped from a mental home by her son and let loose in the forest to cause chaos. There is a twist, but to be honest it is so obvious it is not really even worth bothering about. We get a double killing to open the flick, but then the body count remains pretty low, with the largest number of survivors in a camp slasher that I can remember. And the killings themselves are not great to be honest – a few slashings here and there, but the action is almost exclusively shot at night so it is very difficult to see anything in particular. Spotters of stars making their first steps into the world of acting may enjoy seeing Daryl Hannah, Joe Pantoliano and Rachel Ward take centre stage. Director Andrew Davis went on to helm the likes of Under Siege, Chain Reaction and The Guardian, but this is far removed from that. Carnivore (or The Final Terror as it is better known) is by no means boring and does hold the interest – just don’t expect too much.