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"The ones who got off that roller coaster are still going to die,...unless we can figure out how to stop it."
Wendy, Final Destination 3 trailer
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Final Destination 3 is the third film in the Final Destination series, released in 2006.

Wendy and her high school friends are visiting an amusement park with her graduating class. But after feeling of dread that follows her through the night and hopping on a roller coaster, she receives a premonition that the ride is going to claim the lives of her and her friends. She suceeds in saving most of them, but many still die including her boyfriend Jason. Worse still, Wendy starts noticing the pictures she took of her peers seem to foreshadow their respective demises, and as Death chases the survivors to balance the books she takes it upon herself to try and save her friends.


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This film provides examples of:

  • Artistic License – Physics: The roller coaster accident. Where do we even start?
    • Loss of hydraulic pressure would actually lock the shoulder bars in place as a failsafe. They then could be manually released with a pedal.
    • Most coasters have backup restraint systems (such as a seatbelt) on top of the shoulder bar failsafe.
    • A tiny video camera wouldn't even slow the train down, let alone knock off wheels and derail it.
    • The train splitting in half would actually cause the coaster to slow down as it would suddenly have half the mass and momentum. Losing wheels would add even more drag. The end result would be the coaster either bottoming in a valley or locking up on a hill. This has happened in Real Life because a coaster went out too light (too few riders) or even because of excessive wind.
    • The loops are designed so that a free-rolling coaster won't actually hang on them, but will roll backwards. Coasters have locked upside-down before and it's a very scary and uncomfortable experience, but ultimately the riders were all rescued.
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    • Coasters are specifically designed so that during normal travel, the G-forces would lock riders in place in their seats even in the event of total restraint failure. "Airtime" is mostly an illusion.
    • Many coasters have multiple "blocks", with brakes separating them, so that if anything happens during the ride the other trains could be braked safely.
    • And on top of all that, coasters have safety alarms; if hydraulic pressure started bleeding out, the ride would have immediately e-stopped.
  • Asshole Victim: Most of the characters. Some aversions would be: Ashley, Ashlyn, Wendy, Jason.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: While Ian is listing off people he thinks death seems to favor he lists Charlie Manson, Osama Bin Laden, pimps, and vice presidents.
  • Big "NO!": Wendy at the end when she realizes a train is about to run her over.
  • Bolivian Army Ending: The ending doesn't reveal whether Wendy, Kevin, and Julie manage to escape the train accident alive. According to the alternate ending and Word of God(though preceded by the phrase "in my mind"), they don't.
  • Break the Cutie: Death really seemed to have it in for Wendy.
    • The story begins with her witnessing the deaths of her boyfriend and best friend, and believing that she could have saved them. (Wendy had no way of knowing, at that point, that even if she had gotten Jason and Carrie off the rollercoaster, they would have just been added to Death's list and been virtually certain to die, anyway.)
    • Throughout the film, Wendy's failed attempts to save the other survivors of the Devil's Flight disaster were visibly weighing her down.
    • In the final scene, Wendy could have died when the train derailed and crashed, like Julie and Kevin did. Instead, she survived the crash, climbed out of the wreckage severely injured and in agony, and had just enough time to cry in anguish over the deaths of her sister and close friend, before another train appears, bearing down on her. Death allowed Wendy, Julie, and Kevin to live peacefully for a few months and believe that they were finally safe before taking Julie and Kevin, and then further allowed Wendy to experience a few moments of anguish, as well as false hope that she herself would live, before killing her, too.
    • Just to pile insult upon injury, Wendy has a premonition of the subway disaster, even though she is already on the train and there is nothing she can do to prevent it. So, in effect, Wendy has to experience the terrifying ordeal twice for no discernible reason.
  • But Not Too White: Ashley and Ashlyn are already quite tanned, and yet decide to get touch-ups before graduation anyway.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The Christensen family's bracelet. The unidentified figure on the Death's List after Ian/Erin also wore it, and Wendy is certain that she didn't wear it at the fair. Guess who did?
  • Choose Your Own Adventure: The "Choose Their Fate" feature on the Thrill Ride Edition on DVD. Somewhat subverted however, as it was simply a more creative way to show deleted scenes from the film, even including an alternate ending.
  • Denser and Wackier: An extremely dark example. The deaths in this are far more elaborate and over-the-top than in the previous two. Especially notable is Julie getting dragged around by a horse at the 4th July celebration.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: We knew Perry was next all of three seconds before she gets skewered.
  • Eureka Moment: Wendy, when she realizes that Julie is the next on Death's List after Ian/Erin because the figure after them wore their family's heirloom bracelet, something that Julie has been nagging about.
  • Every Car Is a Pinto: Averted with the drive-through collision, probably because an explosion would've obscured the fan-blade-to-the-head manner of the resulting death.
  • Eye Scream: Erin gets nails shot through her face during a nail gun accident. Several of them go through her eyes.
  • Evil Laugh: The laugh of the devil statue at McKinley's fair. It comes up a few times afterward, including in the epilogue. Fittingly, it's provided by Tony Todd A.K.A. William Bludworth.
  • Failsafe Failure: The sunbed deaths combine this and No OSHA Compliance.
  • Fan Disservice: Two girls go inside a tanning bed topless, only to be burned alive when the machines malfunction.
  • Fatal Fireworks: The finale takes place at a tricentennial, featuring fireworks. Said fireworks set off a horse that manages to nearly kill one character (and upon failing to do so, kill another), and at the end of the scene, the fireworks nearly hit the three main characters, only to cause the death of the film's only human antagonist.
  • Foregone Conclusion: If you saw the previous two films, then you know that the characters just saving each other from death does not save them completely, it just moves them down the list meaning that Wendy, Kevin and Julie are pretty much doomed during the train crash sequence.
  • Final Girl: Wendy. Subverted first as she appears to only survive about 15 seconds longer than the other two friends killed in the subway crash; then Double Subverted as that was in fact a premonition, and eventually zigzagged although highly implied to be subverted after all in the end.
  • Foreshadowing: A plot point; photographs taken of the various characters show the way that they'll end up dying.
  • Forklift Fu: A forklift goes haywire in the warehouse the leads are in, pushes over a shelf which almost sends dozens of pieces of fence wood into Ian, although Wendy manages to save him. However, it leads to Erin's death almost right after.
  • Goth: Ian and Erin
  • Hope Spot:
    • It looks like Wendy, Kevin, and Julie manage to cheat Death; Kevin and Julie have been saved by Wendy, while Wendy herself avoids being killed by Ian, who's apparently her cause of death. It even goes to skip three months afterward to show that they're still alive. However, it turns out that Wendy's cause of death isn't Ian, but trains (see Red Herring below), and because Kevin and Julie are with her, they get killed too (though They may already been doomed from the start, anyway, if one believes in the theory that Death is the one who gave Wendy the premonitions).
    • The alternate version of the tanning bed deaths has Ashlyn freeing herself from the bed, only to electrocute herself and Ashley when she tries to free her friend.
  • Hufflepuff House: Julie has two friends, Amber and Perry. Perry turns out to be the one who was on the rollercoaster with her, locking her as the next victim. Amber ends up a Red Herring.
  • Improbable Infant Survival: A group of young boys try to bluff their way onto the roller coaster, but are kicked off by the carnival staff for not being tall enough to ride it. Thus, the boys avoid dying in the crash, without any need for psychic visions to warn them away.
  • Informed Attribute: Wendy goes on and on about how much of a control freak she is, yet this trait never comes into play within the movie. In fact, she's perfectly happy to let Kevin help and sometimes take the lead.
  • Invisible Parents: Wendy and Julie's mother is briefly mentioned, but never makes it onscreen.
  • Ironic Echo: When Kevin tries to help Wendy in the aftermath of the rollercoaster disaster, she coldly dismisses him, saying that the only reason they ever hung out together was because they were dating each other's best friends. Wendy tells Kevin, "We don't even like each other." Later on, when Wendy says that she'll be freaking out every second, hoping that Kevin is okay, he teases her by asking, "Why? We don't even like each other." Wendy gives a weak laugh, and the two hug each other.
  • Irony:
    • Right before the rollercoaster accident, Carey says she's planning to dump Kevin soon. After the accident, Kevin wistfully tells Wendy that he was planning to propose to her.
    • Wendy leaves Ashley and Ashlyn a message that ends with "sorry I was too late". She means too late to join them at the tanning salon. It ends up meaning too late to save them.
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • At the funeral, Frankie thinks that Ashley and Ashlyn are dead because of him. When Julie asks why, he tells her that if men like him didn't see women as nothing but sex-toys, they wouldn't try so hard to look good by going on diets, exercising, and (in Ashley and Ashlyn's case, which is what led to their deaths), tanning. Too bad he ruins the moment when he tries to kiss Julie seconds later.
    • Ian makes some pretty valid points about how vague the "signs of death" are, pointing out that virtually anything could be interpreted as a sign if you're looking hard enough. Also, his suggestion that the last in line should make the utilitarian sacrifice to break the chain is pragmatically logical, and even followed through with in a deleted ending to the fourth movie (although it doesn't work).
  • Kill ’Em All: As with the previous two films, we see every main cast member getting killed in a vision and/or in reality. This time however, everyone actually does die, as Wendy's vision of the subway crash happens mere seconds before the actual crash, and she can't do anything to stop it in the short time that she has (Technically, there might be chances for at least some of them to survive without stopping the train, given the vision of the upcoming accident, however this is apparently unlikely).
  • Lighter and Softer: Though none of the films is actually light on tone (well, except for the fourth, maybe), this film goes back to the teenage angsty tone of the first (they're directed by the same director) and thus isn't quite plot-heavy and mature as the second film, which is dark no matter how brutal the deaths for the later films are.
  • Murder by Cremation: The tanning bed deaths.
  • My Hair Came Out Pink: The novelization mentions why Frankie had shaved his head shortly before the events of the film. His attempt at dyeing it resulted in it turning pink.
  • No OSHA Compliance: Because otherwise many of the deaths wouldn't work. The hardware store, weight room, and tanning bed in particular.
  • The Not-Love Interest: Wendy and Kevin slowly bond over their experiences of loss at the fair and the fact that they have to race together to save others (and themselves) from Death's List. While it can easily be interpreted as romantic, they are still grieving, and no love ever comes out of it.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted. The school name is McKinley, while that is also Ian's last name. It comes up in the plot when Wendy has a vision of the name and assumes it's related to Ian in some way.
  • Punny Name: Ashley and Ashlyn get burned to ashes.
  • Red Herring: Wendy thinks that the clue for her cause of death is her shirt she wore during the night at the fair, which has "McKinley" written on it, which she interprets as Ian being her cause of death. It's not. The actual clue is Jason's blurred face. It represents the blurred faces of passengers of a train, which will be her true cause of death.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Ian wants to take revenge against Wendy for having apparently caused Erin's death.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: Jason dies in the rollercoaster derailment just as Wendy predicted, which causes her to spiral further into depression and blame herself for his death.
  • Shout-Out: The death-foreshadowing lines on the photographs are straight out of The Omen.
  • Sound-Only Death: The movie closes with the viewers never knowing if Wendy, Kevin, and Julie manage to escape the train collision, though the sounds of the collision are there for everyone to guess. The chance is high for an unpleasant end.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Wendy, Julie and Kevin survived in the novel adaptation of the film. It helps that the novel ended before the train crash scene.
  • Spooky Photographs: The source of the premonitions throughout the movie.
  • Take a Moment to Catch Your Death: The football player narrowly avoid having his head cut off by ornamental scimitars while on a weight machine. Exuberant, he does another rep on the machine, not realizing that the scimitars have frayed the cables, resulting in them snapping and crushing his head between the weights. Who would design a machine like that anyway?
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: The employee at the tanning booth has to take a phone call outside. As he's not at the counter, he doesn't know anything about the malfunction that leads to Ashley and Ashlyn's deaths.
  • You Must Be This Tall to Ride: A couple of boys who've ducked past the "You Must Be This Tall" sign are kicked off the Devil's Flight coaster by the attendant.
  • Younger and Hipper: After the adult-focused second film, the franchise went back to following the lives of senior high school students.

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