The Final Girls – USA, 2015

 
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The Final Girls is a 2015 American comedy slasher horror feature film directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson from a screenplay written by M.A. Fortin and Joshua John Miller.

Cast:

Taissa Farmiga, Malin Åkerman, Alexander Ludwig, Thomas Middleditch, Alia Shawkat, Nina Dobrev, Chloe Bridges and Adam DeVine.

Plot:

Max (Taissa Farmiga), a high school senior, is mysteriously transported with her friends into a 1980s horror film that starred Max’s mother (Åkerman), a celebrated scream queen.

Trapped inside the movie, Max finds herself reunited with her mom, who she lost in real life. Together with Max’s friends, they must fend off the camp counsellors’ raging hormones, battle a deranged machete-wielding killer, and find a way to escape the movie and make it back home…

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Review:

Don’t be put off by the first fifteen minutes of set-up (and a CGI car crash), because once the film-within-a-film fun begins The Final Girls is a witty and well-directed take on ’80s slashers that even references slapdash Spanish slasher Pieces (1982). This is postmodern mayhem that makes some of the tropes in Scream (1996) and its sequels seem positively dated.

Although The Final Girls is occasionally overdone, with a mother-daughter sub-plot that can grate slightly, the film is nonetheless required viewing for all horror aficionados and may well appeal to a broader audience that can appreciate the overly mocking, yet affectionate, tone.

Adrian J Smith, MOVIES & MANIA

Other reviews:

‘Though not quite as inspired or consistent as the similarly self-mocking likes of The Cabin in the Woods, Tucker & Dale vs. Evil, or the first two Scream pics, this is good fun that should delight genre fans.’ Variety

‘ … Strauss-Schulson brings an appropriately wacky comedic style to The Final Girls. Co-writers M.A. Fortin and Joshua John Miller have shamelessly raided the horror-movie canon, efficiently repurposing familiar references to amusing effect, without neglecting nods to Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street and similar fare.’ The Hollywood Reporter

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“It embraces the genre as an ode to the amazing women that make it further than any of us ever could, and it does so brilliantly. It shines a light on why we love horror (warts and all), and better yet, the reason it’s the best genre in cinema—because it helps us face our fears through a narrative filled with monsters and terror. And who better than a final girl to take us through that journey?” Rhino’s Horror

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 … a strange cross between The Cabin in the Woods, Friday the 13th and Last Action Hero, and it’s an equation that adds up to a ridiculous and fun flick that’s a blast to watch with an enthusiastic audience … An R-rating would have been nice to make the homage more complete, there are certain moments that drag, but ultimately its great execution of a high-concept script that should appeal to all genre fans.’ Cinema Blend

‘Even though The Final Girls never pushes for scares, it’s still a dream movie for horror fans because of the ripe exploitation, brilliant riffage off of everyone’s favorite slasher flicks, and the clever remastering of so many old-school production values. Think of it like VH1’s “I Love The 80s” for horror fans.’ We Got This Covered

‘ …it’s the welcome dash of affection for cheesy horror films that elevates the film from amusing novelty to something clever enough to get excited about. That it’s a funny, creative, fast-paced, and well-shot satire is good enough; that the cast is this much fun is what makes it especially noteworthy.’ The Horror Show

Cast and characters:

  • Taissa Farmiga … Max Cartwright
  • Malin Åkerman … Amanda Cartwright / Nancy
  • Alexander Ludwig … Chris
  • Nina Dobrev … Vicki
  • Adam DeVine … Kurt
  • Thomas Middleditch … Duncan
  • Chloe Bridges … Paula
  • Alia Shawkat … Gertie
  • Angela Trimbur … Tina
  • Tory N. Thompson … Blake
  • Dan B. Norris … Billy Murphy

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