Every October I have a list of movies that I need to watch in order to celebrate the Halloween season. The ever-growing list includes a mix of slasher flicks, new age horror, and the cult classics. Recently the movie world seems to be inundated with spoofs and satires looking to be the next big horror comedy. Well I think I found one that breaks the mold and deserves to be included on everyone’s yearly watch list…
The Final Girls tells the story of a teenage girl, Max (Taissa Farmiga), and her actress mother, Nancy (Malin Akerman), who is best known for her role in an '80's slasher movie “Camp Bloodbath.” A few years after her mom tragically passes away, Max and her friends attend an event in celebration of the original film and its sequel "Bloodbath 2: Cruel Summer. An unfortunate situation occurs in the theater resulting in Max and her friends escaping through the movie screen only to find themselves stuck in her mom’s cult movie along with the doomed camp counselors. With no way of knowing how to get back to reality, the group must team up with the fictional characters, including Max’s mom, to fight off the masked killer in order to make it to the end. Already knowing the plot may seem like an advantage but adding new faces to the mix alters the story line putting everyone in danger.
Directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson, the movie also stars Adam DeVine, Thomas Middleditch, Alexander Ludwig, Nina Dobrev, Alia Shawkat, Angela Trimbur, Chloe Bridges, and Tory N. Thompson.
I am a huge horror and comedy fan but sometimes mixing the two could be disastrous. Many horror comedies feel overdone and unoriginal but The Final Girls is unlike the rest. I didn’t know what to expect when I first watched the movie but I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed it. Quirky yet well written, I would describe it as Wet Hot American Summer meets Friday the 13th. "Camp Bloodbath" is full of slasher clichés and over the top dialogue but The Final Girls made sure to be so much more than that. Being self aware and using an interesting twist gave the film the opportunity to invent a new formula. The movie relies heavily on strong, gutsy women who use their intelligence rather than the typical "I'm a vulnerable female" mentality to make it further in the movie (or movies since its a movie within a movie- ha!). There was blood, gore, laughs, and a even a few very emotional scenes that will pull at the heartstrings. The creative camera techniques and awesome cinematography made the film truly fun to watch. Visually, the set designers did amazing, using vibrant colors and subtle nods to other classic films. The Final Girls will definitely make my list of must watch movies year after year.
The Final Girls was released to limited theaters on October 9th, 2015 and on Video On Demand. Or grab it when it comes out on DVD/Blu ray November 3rd, 2015. Be sure to check out the end credits for hilarious outtakes!