Way back in April 2010, when Final Destination 5 was announced, the first thing writer Eric Heisserer said was: “I got the job with two words: LASIK surgery.” That means hard-core fans of the franchise (assuming they exist) have been waiting a good sixteen months to see some poor sap get his/her face fried by a laser. Now that day has come, and the scene, which, if you love to squirm, you can watch here, is being used in the trailer.
All of this would lead a reasonable person to assume that the American Academy of Ophthalmology, which has an interest in people not being afraid of Lasik, wouldn’t be so happy with FD5. Not so! Here’s Allison Neves, director of public relations at the AAO, who e-mailed us today: “Horror filmmakers are required to push the limits of outrageous fantasy, and that’s what they’ve done here. It is their job to turn everyday scenarios into something sinister and diabolical in order to entertain an audience. This scene is pure Hollywood entertainment created for people who enjoy this genre.”
There you have it. The American Academy of Ophthalmology is totally cool with torture porn that equates Lasik with eye-melting. Good for them!