Nick (Bobby Campo) © New Line Cinema

On what should have been a fun-filled day at the races, Nick O’Bannon (Bobby Campo) has a horrific premonition in which a bizarre sequence of events causes multiple race cars to crash, sending flaming debris into the stands, brutally killing his friends and causing the upper deck of the stands to collapse on him. Persuading his friends to leave before the accident happens, they appear to cheat death … or have they? Yes, The Final Destination franchise is back, and this time in 3D, giving the audience a visceral thrill ride, which actor Bobby Campo is excited to talk about.

The kills are more creative in this franchise than other horror movies.

Nick (Bobby Campo) holds on to Lori © New Line Cinema

Yeah, the appeal to it is these things are everyday situations. After the second movie, I couldn’t really drive behind an 18-wheeler, but I did and then a tire fell off right after that and almost hit my car so it’s real. Those moments happen and that’s the thing that’s great about it. It takes something that can really happen to you so that’s the fear that we’re playing on, that’s the fear that we’re evoking and it’s more exciting. It’s not something that’s a fantasy like a stalking killer with a knife.  This could happen to anybody at any moment.

What about shooting this in 3-D? Did you have to hit your mark just right?

These cameras were so bad-ass. We’ve never used anything like this before. James Cameron spent many decades developing these things for Avatar so we got to be that guinea pig in a way.  The big difference was blocking. There wasn’t a lot of it but you do have to be precise on everything. The audience can’t just spectate in this movie. The technology literally draws you into the film.

They don’t explain why you have these visions. Did you have to make up your own reason?

I really played into the fact that I don’t know why this is happening. He doesn’t know and I wasn’t going to try to come up with my own reasoning. It wasn’t, ‘I don’t know why this is happening,’ but, ‘How am I going to get through this? How can I win? How can we piece these different things together that we do know and make this understandable to us?’ That was the way that I went about it.

What was the scariest scene for you?

We were doing the racetrack sequence, and it didn’t really look as drastic as when I did it, but I fell down four or five different bleachers, and it was really me doing that. You can’t really see it on film. You can’t really tell. But we were down and it got kind of nuts, I thought I’d tweak an ankle or something.

Were you a fan of the franchise?

A thrill ride for Nick (Bobby Campo) and Lori (Shantel Vansanten) © New Line Cinema

I saw the first one ten years ago as a little pup and they’re great concepts because you take something that everybody does and make your worse fear come true.  You’re just flying on so many emotions and there are so many places you can go with it and now we’re doing it in 3-D, you’re living it. You’re in it with us. It’s kinda weird. It’s almost easier to watch the zombie movies because it’s a fantasy. This one is so real. It’s so interactive. It’s so much fun. It’s like a thrill ride, going to a roller coaster.  It’s the same kind of an amusement park feeling, so it’s a great date movie.

Are you worried that this is opening the same day as Halloween II?

This is fun, it’s 3-D, it’s historical because some of this stuff has never been used before. There are so many things in our favor.  I wish them the best but, at the same time, we stand by our product.

Judy Sloane

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