The Final Girls
Directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson
A young woman grieving the loss of her mother, a famous scream queen from the 1980s, finds herself pulled into the world of her mom's most famous movie. Reunited, the women must fight off the film's maniacal killer.
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★★★½ review by Hollie Horror on Letterboxd
Any horror comedy that makes me cry receives an automatic 3+ rating. I don't have too much to say about The Final Girls other than I found it enjoyable and I really, really loved the character of Tina ("What's up with this cassette?"), she was adorable and hilarious and looked the most '80s of the entire cast, I also [always] really like Alia Shawkat. It was also almost surreal to watch a movie co-written by Joshua John Miller, who starred in a few '80s staples (and maybe it packed a bit more of an emotional punch knowing that Miller conceptualized the movie to help cope with the loss of his father, Jason Miller, who starred in The Exorcist).
★★★★ review by Daniel Rodriguez on Letterboxd
It seems that The Cabin in the Woods success brought meta-Horror back to life: 'The Final Girls', 'Final Girl', 'Digging up the Marrow' and 'The Editor' on the big screen; 'Scream' and 'Scream Queens' on the small screen... It's pretty popular!
Final Girls features a group of friends that gets "magically" trapped inside the most popular slasher movie of all time, 'Bloodbath Camp' aka 'Friday the 13th'. It is pretty much a fantasy horror that references slasher movie and uses a lot of genre gimmicks in fantastic ways. It is a lighthearted movie, free from gore or nudity, which took away a bit of the "magic" of 80s slashers, but there is more to like about it though. To name a few things, I would say the characters, which are pretty nice, the killer himself, the visual effects, the synth soundtrack, the ending...
Final Girls might not have a brilliant final act like Cabin in the Woods for instance, but I liked it a lot better, it's much more entertaining.
And now, a possibly controversial statement: Taissa Farmiga is the best Final Girl/Scream Queen/Badass Chick of this newest generation.
★★★★★ review by Austin on Letterboxd
Watch a film set in a summer camp, no Friday the 13th though.
I love this movie sooooo much. It hits all the right notes. Hilarious and then scary in some parts. Tassia and Malin are so great as mother and daughter. Alia is amazing. Chloe Bridges is great. Ugh this cast. I love them all. The cinematography is crisp. I need a part 2.
★★★★ review by Travis Lytle on Letterboxd
A complete and exuberant surprise, Todd Strauss-Schulson's "The Final Girls" is a hilarious and heartfelt deconstruction of the typical 1980s slasher film. Not a horror film in and of itself, "The Final Girls" celebrates that genre with a potent blend of comedy, fantasy, and familial drama. It is a smart, funny, and touching piece of work that bubbles with charm and entertaining energy.
The story is better left discovered by its audience, but, in broad strokes, follows a group of teens who find themselves sucked into notorious 1980s faux-slasher, "Camp Bloodbath." The teens, well-aware of the horror tropes at work in the film, search for a way to escape the film while saving the film's characters from certain death.
The heart beating within the narrative is three-fold. First, that heart is a smart observation of the character types that people such horror films. "The Final Girls" works to uncover the authentic and specific humanity behind such archetypes as the shy girl with the guitar and the clipboard, and the adventurously promiscuous damsel. Second, the film presents contemporary characters who are layered rebuttals of their decades-old counterparts. Instead, of a prototypical athletic lunkhead, the film presents an athlete who is smart and sensitive. Instead of the standard mean-girl, the film offers a wounded, introverted soul. Third, "The Final Girls" provides an unashamedly sentimental yet potent and genuine examination of a mother-daughter relationship.
The production puts a premium on its comedy, but also works hard to duplicate the textures of what its celebrates. It sends up slasher films by providing those films' spitting image. The film moves quickly and buoyantly, generating visual and aesthetic excitement with its design and playful camera work. The cast is well-chosen, easily communicating the film's required comedy or emotion.
"The Final Girls" takes apart the slasher film and, in doing so, results in something clever and completely entertaining. Full of wit and surprising warmth, the film is both a living tribute to the horror subgenre and an appealing comic-fantasy in its own right. Its smart script, energized direction, and ideal cast make it a wholly satisfying and engaging genre-bender.
★★★★½ review by Arlo Mclean on Letterboxd
This film oozes with unique visual style and incredible cinematography, seriously it’s shocking how good this film looks. It has a touching story that works really well, I highly recommend to anyone but mostly to fans of the slasher genre. A lot of things only us slasher fans will understand ;)
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