The Final Girls (2015)

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

Oct 9, 2015 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

"The Final Girls" is never once scary, the effects are schlocky, and the action/fight scenes are confusing, especially one that takes place in a dark shack where it is impossible to tell what is happening.

Oct 9, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The Final Girls is all smiles and winks, but lacks the blood to make its horror satire pulse.

Oct 9, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

A playful deconstruction of the slasher film that ultimately packs a surprisingly affecting punch.

Oct 8, 2015 | Full Review…

A horror comedy that proves that with the right actors you can make an amusing movie even if a lot of your ideas are borrowed.

Oct 8, 2015 | Full Review…

The gender commentary is still on point, and The Final Girls successfully disembowels its target trope. But it works better as film criticism than it does as a film.

Oct 8, 2015 | Full Review…
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Make a slasher movie that's about an R-rated slasher movie, then make that movie be PG-13? Solid weird ass choice. But whatever, The Final Girls is some proper fun.

Gimly M.
Gimly M.

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Amusing film-in-film horror comedy with a pretty fresh premise and good acting. Unfortunately, even within the movie's logic, not everything makes sense. You can see past that and have a decent time anyway, and there are some very fun ideas and insane camera angles. Other ideas are brushed over a little half-assed. Overall a decent attempt that could have turned into a classic with a little more care.

Jens S.
Jens S.

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½

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

Spencer Macklin
Spencer Macklin

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½

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

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