Starring: Taissa Farmiga, Malin Akerman, Alexander Ludwig, Nina Dobrev, Alia Shawkat, Thomas Middleditch, Adam DeVine
Directed By: Todd Strauss-Schulson
I had wanted to see The Final Girls since I saw the preview. Sadly, it didn’t come to me in theatres, so I had to track it down at Redbox. Why do cool movies get relegated to Redbox or Netflix now while Aloha gets a full theatrical release? The Final Girls has a group of teenagers that are transplanted into an 80’s horror movie. It’s a very self aware Scream inspired movie, and has a great cast. You’ve probably never heard of it. It’s just not fair.
Max (Farmiga) is the daughter of a recently deceased former movie star (Akerman), who was most famous for an 80’s horror movie “Camp Bloodbath”. On the third anniversary of her mother’s death, Max is invited to a screening of the Camp Bloodbath movies. She reluctantly attends at the behest of her BFF’s (Shawkat) brother (Middleditch). Also along for the ride, the boy she likes (Ludwig) and his ex (Dobrev). The theatre catches fire mid-screening and those five are put into the movie. Can they survive till the end? Can Max save her mom from dying this time?
I can’t help to think that it could have been a little funnier, but it’s pretty self aware and funny anyway. Middleditch is a scene stealer when involved, as is DeVine. It’s not a very violent or scary film. It’s mostly a comedy. Even moreso than the recent horror comedy Cooties, which also worked as a horror film. This is PG-13, so don’t expect a lot of gore.
It’s about what I expected from it. I knew it wasn’t going to blow my mind, but I thought it’d be fun. I enjoy teen slasher movies, so a comedy send up of them is definitely my bag. Some people hated the end, but… I didn’t. You can’t always get a pretty end with a nice bow on it. In some ways, it reminded me of the ending to Cabin In The Woods. Just not the ending you’d expect.
FINAL GRADE: B