How did this slasher gem manage to hide from me for forty years? Originally filmed in 1981, The Final Terror was shelved for a couple years and finally released in 1983 to capitalize on the newfound popularity of Daryl Hannah and Adrian Zmed. Other recognizable faces include Rachel Ward, Joe Pantoliano, and Mark Metcalf.
The backstory is told as a campfire legend and features the "Crazy Ralph" character, in this case "Eggar," played by Joe Pantoliano. Then, people start getting picked off. It should come as no surprise to fans of the genre that the couple having sex is first to go.
There is a lot of early-eighties overacting and campy dialogue, but the payoff at the end is decent. Maybe I was overzealous calling it a gem, but I thought it had some originality and didn't adhere to most of the tropes. I recommend it to connoisseurs of the slasher genre.
If you've seen it, drop me a comment and let me know what you thought!