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.
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as Max Cartwright
as Amanda Cartwright
as Hunky Hiker
as Camp Counselor
as Billy Murphy
as Mean Kid
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Critic Reviews for The Final Girls
As horror comedies go, this one sadly winds up somewhere between Scary Movie 4 and 5.
Cut-rate CGI, shaky performances, and a frequently unintelligible screenplay sink the ship.
It hopes to riff off the classic era of slasher films, but unfortunately The Final Girls only ends up adding to the clichés.
Missteps aside, with the vivid imagery around the campgrounds and the slick sense of humor, Strauss-Schulson nails certain aspects.
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.
Audience Reviews for The Final Girls
Bette Davis Eyes? That's all I needed to hear
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.
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.
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