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The Final Girls (2015)

Director:
Todd Strauss-Schulson

Starring:
Taissa Farmiga, Malin Akerman, Alexander Ludwig, Nina Dobrev, Alia Shawkat, Thomas Middleditch

Other notable appearances:
Adam DeVine, Angela Trimbur, Chloe Bridges, Tory N. Thompson

Running time:
88 minutes

Watch this if you liked:

Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Friday the 13th

 

Three years after the sudden death of her mother, movie star Amanda Cartwright (Akerman), Max (Farmiga) finds herself trapped with her friends in the world of Camp Bloodbath, a slasher flick from the 80s starring none other than Max’s mother.

The Final Girls is a very entertaining horror comedy that is heavily based on Friday the 13th but pays homage to many other 80s slasher films.

Visually, I thought The Final Girls was well put together and makes use of effects well. The effects aren’t seamless, but they mostly feel right for the mood, setting or events being portrayed.

The cast do a great job of bringing their characters to life. Whether they were playing the realistic characters from the “real world” or the upbeat, naive characters from the “movie world”, everyone just seemed to be having so much fun.

With a PG rating, The Final Girls definitely leans more towards comedy that satires horror rather than a true horror comedy, but this does not diminish its quality. If you enjoy slasher films and comedies, parodies or satire based around them, then The Final Girls is a good way to spend an hour and a half.

Rating:

“I should have known something was up with this place. I mean think about it.
What the hell kind of summer camp has waterbeds?”

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