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The Final Destination Babes

Published August 26, 2009 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Images property of New Line Cinema
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The Final Destination introduces audiences to Shantel VanSanten and Haley Webb, but don’t get too attached to them. You know how a Final Destination is going to go. VanSanten tried to overcome her fears by learning how the film was made.

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“What’s funny is I’m always given these horror movies and they come across my way and I don’t ever watch them,” VanSanten said. “I feel like sometimes maybe that’s why, because I really am freaked out by them. I tried to look at when they’d do the prosthetics or cuts and blood and dangling flesh from me. I tried to look at it as okay, this is their job so tell me how you do it. More like a technical way. Then I would think it was cool but I don’t do well with gory films at all.”

When it came time to shoot a sequence on a mall escalator, the world of the film overcame VanSanten. “For me, it’s not something you can really look forward to and it’s not something that I found myself trying to figure out how to prepare. It’s a circumstance that not a lot of people, you think about but not a lot of people ever go through in their lifetime hopefully. So I’m sitting there asking myself like how would I react? What would I do? What would I be thinking? As much as I could preplan or think about it, we got into the scene one day and he goes to hold onto my hand, I put my head down and just lost it. We were actually shooting in a mall that was abandoned in New Orleans and we’re three stories up. Even though I’m in a harness, there’s so much that the movie teaches you that can go wrong that you’re just like oh my God. You think about your own mortality and your own life, and you’re like, ‘What if my dad never sees me get married? What if I die right now?’ You’re faced with that so much, it felt like you sometimes didn’t need to prepare because that pure adrenaline and the actual circumstances you were in when you were shooting were enough. It was pretty brutal. Even when I watched it, there was so much emotion for me in that scene.”


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Webb embraced her dangerous scenes. Her character finds herself stuck in a car during a car wash malfunction that floods her vehicle. “Well, that was three days of shooting and I was underwater for about 12 or 14 hours a day,” Webb said. “At one point, I filmed for about 12 hours that day in the car while it was filling up. Then we had to get another shot when I was dry. So I had to go change my clothes, get my hair back straight. Naturally it’s kind of curly, and then go back in the water at like 11 o’clock at night or something. But it was really intense. There’s a part where I’m hitting the window and I actually in real life broke the actual window of the car. So I was badass on set for like two days, got a couple claps from the crew, I’m not going to lie. They were just like, ‘Nice work.’ It was fun. It was really scary, really intense but that’s what I loved about it.”

Since it’s The Final Destination, that’s not all. She’s also got her head stuck in the sunroof. “I could feel it. It was not quite tight but I’m kind of a masochist and I wanted it to be as real as possible, so I was like, ‘No, you know.’ They were like, ‘Haley, we don’t…’ I was like, ‘You f*ckin’ do it. Just make it a little bit tighter.’ So it was pretty tight but I could definitely move my head and get out of it. It is crazy though, the amount of energy you exert just struggling in water, I did not expect that. At a certain point, the water’s up to my chest and I was exerting so much energy that my body, I was like oh, physically I can’t do this anymore.”

The Final Destination opens to theaters on August 28th.

For the trailer, poster and more movie info, go to the The Final Destination Movie Page.

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