Now playing in select theaters and available on VOD is director Todd Strauss-Schulson‘s horror/comedy The Final Girls. Perri reviewed the film after its premiere at SXSW earlier this year calling it “insanely entertaining” and Evan also raved about it when it closed the Stanley Film Festival back in May. At the risk of making this place an echo chamber, I’m also here to tell you that you should check the pic out as soon as time allows. It’s a fun, smart, and surprisingly touching spin on the slasher genre.
The plot goes something like this: Taissa Farmiga‘s character, Max, is struggling to cope with the untimely death of her mother (Malin Akerman) three years after her passing. To Max’s chagrin, her mother’s legacy has little to do with the person she was and everything to do with her role as an actress in a cult classic horror movie, Camp Bloodbath. Through an event that I won’t even try and describe, Max and her friends find themselves inside the movie and are forced to try and survive the vengeful wrath of the Jason Voorhees-esque monster, Billy Murphy. Much like The Cabin in the Woods, Scream, and others, The Final Girls understands slasher tropes and smartly uses that to its advantage. That said, Farmiga and Akerman’s relationship gives the film a unique emotional center that sets it apart from its peers and makes it a must-watch for any horror fan.
Before you run off to watch The Final Girls, stick with me just a few more minutes to read through this week’s Top 5: