Years after her mother’s death, Max (Taissa Farmiga) gets talked into a screening of Camp Bloodbath, an 80s slasher film her mom had appeared in. When she and her friends find themselves transported into the film, they will have to fight against the cinematic villain, as Max struggles to interact with a fictional version of her mother.
The Final Girls is a wonderfully wacky premise that pays homage to horror classics — most notably Friday the 13th — but delivers fun all its own, with a slightly emotional story on the side. All the tropes are present and result in great humor from Farmiga and the cast, including Alexander Ludwig, Alia Shawkat, and Nina Dobrev.
Directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson with a screenplay by M.A. Fortin and Joshua John Miller, the film does a great job of capturing all the aspects of old slasher films (rules for survival, how to defeat the killer, etc.). It does so in a way that highlights the hilarity of it all while respecting the genre.
You may dismiss it as a silly parody film, but it is much more. If you’re a fan of the slasher genre, especially the iconic classics, it’s a must. But it’s also a great watch for those not really into scary movies but want some edge in their Halloween viewing.
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