The Final Girls (2015)

October 15, 2015 - 9:50pm | FrighT MasteR
  Tags: Adam Devine, Alexander Ludwig, comedic, Final Girls, Groundswell Productions, Josh Miller, Malin Akerman, Mark Fortin, New Line Cinema, Nina Dobrev, parody, slasher, slasher film, spoof, Taissa Farmiga, The Final Girls, Thomas Middleditch, Todd Strauss-Schulson

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Todd Strauss-Schulson
Thomas Middleditch, Nina Dobrev, Adam Devine, Alexander Ludwig, Malin Akerman, Taissa Farmiga

Not to be confused with Final Girl, which came out recently and also starred actor Alexander Ludwig (I wonder if he ever got the movies mixed up), The Final Girls is a great horror parody that pokes fun at the slasher sub-genre, primarily the ones that came out of the 80s, because that's the cheesiest and best decade where slasher films thrived the most (duh!).

The story revolves around Max (Taissa Farmiga), who's the daughter of an 80's scream queen that perished in a car accident a few years prior. Her mom was and will forever be known as the "nice girl" in the fictional Camp Bloodbath series, which just so happens to be holding a special double screening at a local theater. Max gets invited by her friend's horror geek stepbrother Duncan to attend the showing and she reluctantly agrees.

With the group all in place, along with several other moviegoers, the cheesetastic film plays on, but is soon interrupted by a fire that breaks out inside the theater (thanks to an asshole that lit a cigarette inside). Quick thinking by Max leads them through the projector screen where they somehow find themselves on the other end of the movie. Now they must find a way out of the pic before the flick's masked killer finds them.

The film proved to be a fun watch overall and offered a pretty clever and somewhat uncommon premise. The jokes also worked (for the most part) and the directing by Todd Strauss-Schulson was interesting, as we got some uncommon camera work and great use of colors and decent visual effects (ignoring the poor CG car accident in the beginning). While the Max character was a little bland, the rest of the group was good and served their purposes well, though I would've liked to have seen more of one particular character.

The only gripe I have would be its lack of gore, which I'm sure was a conscious decision by the filmmakers to appeal to more viewers (*cough*PG-13*cough*). It's a little sad considering the period their spoofing gave us a lot of solid practical effects. Ultimately, it is a good movie, but had this been more of a gory splatter flick it could've been great. As it stands though, it's still an entertaining watch.

This is a good slasher spoof that knows how to parody itself, while also throwing nods to the greats at the same time. Fans of the genre should dig this most, though general moviegoers may also enjoy the fact that it's a bit lighter than the usual horror fair. Either way, check this out!

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