Film: The Final Girls

Opened: October 9, 2015

Directed by: Todd Strauss-Schulson

Starring: Taissa Farmiga, Malin Åkerman, Alexander Ludwig, Nina Dobrev, Alia Shawkat, Thomas Middleditch, Adam DeVine, Angela Trimbur, Tory N. Thompson, Daniel Norris & Chloe Bridges

A spoof of ‘80s slasher films, The Final Girls brings humor to horror, but also provides a strong emotional core.

On the anniversary of her mother’s (Malin Åkerman) death, Max (Taissa Farmiga) attends a screening of her mom’s film Camp Bloodbath. When a fire breaks out in the movie theater, she and her friends climb through the screen and are transported into the film. They can’t get out until they beat villain Billy Murphy (Daniel Norris).

The film doesn’t take itself seriously and is aware of the horror tropes. It’s playful when it comes to slow-motion and flashbacks. And the actors stuck as characters in Camp Bloodbath perfectly play the over-the-top acting, especially Angela Trimbur as the oversexed and hyper Tina.

At the heart though, how Max deals with her mother’s death is beautiful.

Final say: Laugh out loud fun. ★★★★★

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