Coming to our Midnight Madness screens in the next few days is Todd Strauss-Schulson's Final Girls, an uproarious horror-comedy featuring Taissa Farmiga, Malin Akerman, Alia Shawkat, Nina Dobrev and Thomas Middleditch. Final Girls follows Max, her friends and her mother Amanda Cartwright, who was a famous scream-queen in her time, starring in a series called Bloodbath. They reluctantly agree to go to an anniversary screening of her movie. When they mysteriously wake up within the movie, the group must mind established genre tropes in order to stay alive.
Check out some of the buzz from it's premiere at SXSW!
From Perri Nemiroff at Collider:
"The Final Girls is a dream come true for anyone with a soft spot for slasher movies. Max and her friends Gertie (Alia Shawkat), Vicki (Nina Dobrev), Chris (Alexander Ludwig) and Duncan (Thomas Middleditch) literally tear open the screen, walk through it and wind up in a horror movie. From there, it’s all about playing by some genre rules and subverting others in order to avoid getting hacked up by the film’s machete toting villain, Billy, and it’s tons of fun."Read the rest of the review here!
From Monica Castillo at International Business Times:
“Final Girls is a movie treat for longtime horror-genre fans and occasional moviegoers alike. You don’t need to understand every “Sleepaway Camp” reference to laugh throughout the film, as much of the humor is based on genre generalizations. The writing, editing, synth soundtrack and low-budget look capture the era to comedic effect, framing it for modern-day outsiders to have their laugh. Final Girls is a nostalgic love letter the ways we were scared way back when and how we can laugh at it all now."
Read the rest of the review here!
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