Release Date: October 9th.
Written by: M.A. Fortin and Joshua John Miller.
Directed by: Todd Strauss-Shulson.
Starring: Taissa Farmiga, Malin Akerman, Alexander Ludwig, Nina Dobrev, Alia Shawkat, Thomas Middleditch, and Adam Devine.
The Final Girl: is a trope in thriller and horror films (particularly slasher films). It refers to the last woman alive to confront the killer, ostensibly the one left to tell the story.
Every Horror fan should already know this term, but we felt it was relevant to reiterate.
Camp Bloodbath, and she just can't seem to live it down. She wants to be a serious actress, but to casting agents, she's nothing more than that shy virgin with a guitar who died painfully at the hands of Billy, the movie's maniac. Her daughter Max loves her though, and that makes everything better; their relationship is loving and wonderful, which is why it's so unfortunate that it ends in a car crash that leaves mom dead.
|THERE ARE NO HAPPY ENDINGS HERE.|
|DON'T REACH IN THAT BAG, MAX, THERE'S MORE THAN POPCORN IN THERE.|
Hilarious hi-jinks and extreme sentimentality ensue.
|WE HAD AN ACID TRIP LIKE THAT ONCE.|
As funny as this movie was, we were surprised to find how effective its emotional aspects were; in many ways, the story between Malin Akerman and Mini-Farmiga drove this movie, and made it into something truly special. It's really a story about how someone comes to terms with the death of a loved one, and I have to imagine that anyone who has lost someone close to them will easily identify with the emotional current that runs through this one. Some of them might even need some tissue.
This is definitely Malin Akerman and Mini-Farmiga's show, but the rest of the cast does a great job too. Adam Devine owned the best comedy bits in this one by far; Alexander Ludwig was pretty solid in his 2nd movie of 2015 that has the words Final Girl in its title; Thomas Middleditch is his usual, enjoyably goofy self; and Alia Shawkat is Alia Shawkat. To know her is to love her.
|MINI-FARMIGA KICKS ASS IN THIS ONE.|
|ALSO, WORST HIDING SPOT EVER.|
|YEAH, US TOO.|
|THE 14-MINUTE LONG SHOWER SCENE THAT WILL NEVER BE.|
|ALSO, NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF A GOOD FLASHBACK.|
We loved every minute of this movie, and as unlikely as it may be, we really hope that they end up doing a sequel. Either way, fans of Horror Comedies and Classic Slasher flicks should definitely give this one a go.
The Final Girls is available now on VOD.
Mini-Farmiga and her crew of hotties.