Final Destination is an American horror franchise based on an unproduced spec script written by Jeffrey Reddick he originally submitted to the X-Files television series. Distributed by New Line Cinema, all five films are centered on the themes of fatalism, predestination, and precognition, in relation to death. In a less abstract sense, each film features a protagonist having a premonition of an terrible accident that would kill numerous people, including the protagonist. The protagonist and a handful of people then escape from the scene of the accident, before it happens just like in the protagonist's vision. The group of people then start dying in a series of elaborate and often gory scenarios that frequently resemble Rube Goldberg machines in their complexity. The series is noteworthy amongst others in the horror genre in that the "villain" of the movies is not the stereotypical slashers, monsters, creatures, beasts, ghosts, or demons. It is the entity Death itself, which manipulates the environment in deadly ways with the intent of "recapturing" those who somehow manage to escape their fates the first time.