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The Final Girls (2015)



Critic Consensus: The Final Girls offers an affectionate nod to slasher tropes while adding a surprising layer of genuine emotion to go with the meta amusement.

Movie Info

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.more
Rating: PG-13 (for horror violence, some crude and sexual material, language and drug use)
Genre: Horror, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Joshua John Miller, M.A. Fortin
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 3, 2015
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Taissa Farmiga
as Max Cartwright
Malin Akerman
as Amanda Cartwright
Cory Hart
as Doctor
Dave Davis
as Camp Counselor
Daniel Norris
as Billy Murphy
Bryce Romero
as Mean Kid
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Critic Reviews for The Final Girls

All Critics (57) | Top Critics (13)

As horror comedies go, this one sadly winds up somewhere between Scary Movie 4 and 5.

Full Review… | October 9, 2015
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Cut-rate CGI, shaky performances, and a frequently unintelligible screenplay sink the ship.

Full Review… | April 10, 2016

It hopes to riff off the classic era of slasher films, but unfortunately The Final Girls only ends up adding to the clichés.

Full Review… | February 26, 2016
Fan The Fire

Missteps aside, with the vivid imagery around the campgrounds and the slick sense of humor, Strauss-Schulson nails certain aspects.

Full Review… | February 23, 2016
The Film Stage

Hiding beneath the veneer of a slasher horror comedy beats a touching and heartbreaking dramedy about letting go, and accepting that sometimes nature has to take its course.

Full Review… | November 23, 2015
Cinema Crazed

A very well balanced film, jumping between the dramatic and comedic with much easy in a very good and entertaining way. [Full review in Spanish]

Full Review… | November 9, 2015
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Audience Reviews for The Final Girls


Bette Davis Eyes? That's all I needed to hear

Spencer Macklin
Spencer Macklin

Super Reviewer


The 'Last Action Hero' of slasher movies, 'The Final Girls' is a giddy, cunningly funny spoof of slice-and-dice campfire tales. One area of contention for devotees of Friday the 13th and other films of its ilk is that the studio has neutered the rating to a PG-13. However, I found the suppression of gratuitous splatter and nudity to be refreshing after Turbo Kid and Deathgasm. Its innocence is almost wholesome in retrospect. Surprisingly, the film contains a poignant emotional hook with Max (Taissa Farmiga) reuniting with her deceased mother Amanda (Malin Akerman) inside the film-within-the-film. You truly want them to surmount the subgenre's conventions. Speaking of clichés, the screenwriters astutely skewer the correlation between promiscuity and imminent death, the jock's sex-starved innuendos ("I'm a cherry stealer") and the deformed villain's revenge for a traumatizing prank years ago. The film is chockfull of ripe one-liners ("I can't believe we're about to casually watch someone die? What is this? Detriot?") and the faux 1986 Grindhouse trailer with the digital film scratches and cheesy logline ("They'll be singing 'Kum Ba NOOOO'!") is worthy of inside-baseball chuckles. Most films that culminate with a stinger for a sequel usually elicit groans from me, but the lockstep succession into Camp Bloodbath II is both internally logical and enticing due to the film's already stellar quality. For a stroll down the path of meta humor, I would gladly watch the self-reflexively hilarious The Final Girls over the overrated Scream canon any day.

Cory Taylor
Cory Taylor

Super Reviewer


Delivering nonstop laughs, The Final Girls is a hilarious and witty horror-comedy. When the daughter of an '80s scream queen attends a screening of her mother's cult horror film "Camp Bloodbath," she ends up getting transported into the film. The script is incredibly well-written and does a great job at satirizing the tropes and clichés of '80s slasher films (particularly Friday the 13th). The film also really captures the look and feel of an '80s slasher. However, some of the performances are a little weak, and the setup that gets the daughter to the theater screening is a little clumsy. Still, The Final Girls is a lot of fun and a clever spoof of the genre.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer

The Final Girls Quotes

Amanda Cartwright: Oh hi, what's your name?
– Submitted by rob g (7 months ago)
Vicki: At least I get to see her on the anniversary of her death. Even if she is being chased by a psycho.
– Submitted by rob g (7 months ago)

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