'Final Destination 5' opens today, and with it, the franchise joins a somewhat-exclusive club of horror franchises -- including 'Friday the 13th' (12), 'Halloween' (10), 'Nightmare on Elm Street' (9) and 'Hellraiser' (9), among others -- that can claim at least five entries.
The series started off quite well -- the second one was nearly as good as the first -- but saw a slight dip in quality with the third and fourth installments. However, we've heard that the latest film is a return to the thrilling heights of the earlier flicks. One thing that that never really lagged is its casting of attractive young stars eager to meet with grisly on-screen deaths, a time-honored tradition in the horror genre dating back to the '70s and '80s classics listed above and continuing through the 'Scream' series in the '90s and 'Saw' in the aughts.
Now, as part our ongoing Summer's Sexiest Women series (see: Natalie Portman, Penelope Cruz, the lovely ladies of 'X-Men,' Blake Lively, Megan Fox and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Rosario Dawson, Mila Kunis, Olivia Wilde, Freida Pinto), we present you with a photo gallery of the women of the 'Final Destination' series at their finest, followed by a video collection of some of their sexiest work. The starlets we've featured include Ali Larter, Shantel VanSanten, Amanda Detmer, Chelan Simmons, Alexz Johnson, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Crystal Lowe and Jacqueline MacInnes Wood.
(For a fuller list of the lovely ladies of the death-is-after-you-and-it's-really-really-stunningly-persistent franchise, look here.)
'Final Destination 5' hits theaters Aug. 12. Now for a retrospective on some of the series' finest talent, featuring:
Here's Ali Larter in the famous whipped-cream-bikini scene from 'Varsity Blues':
Here's Ali again, this time in an old commercial from before her film career took off:
And one video of Ali, this time the work of a loving fan who compiled some particularly sexy footage from TV's 'Heroes':
We never really watched 'One Tree Hill' much, but had we known Shantel VanSanten had a scene like this, we would have tuned in:
Check out the trailer for 'Final Destination 5':
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