“The Final Girls” trailer: meta-horror done right

(Image: TIFF)

(Image: TIFF)

I love slasher films.  Mostly because you can connect the dots easily and everything follows the same exact storyline.  Shift a few characterizations around, but boom.  What you see is what you get.  (That’s probably why I’m also a romance genre junkie.)

In The Final Girls, the idea of characters knowing what’s going to happen in their favorite horror film — “Camp Bloodbath” — is only the beginning.
A fire starts in the theater where five friends are catching an anniversary showing of the film, and boom; they find themselves at “Camp Blue Finch”, and realize they’ve become a part of the film.  Cue the meta-comments by the friends, and all the crazy cliches!  “Why am I colorblind?  Am I having a stroke?”  “We’re in a flashback.” Awwww, YEAH.

Synopsis! –

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.

Nina Dobrev, Taissa Farmiga, Alexander Ludwig, Alia Shawkat, Thomas Middleditch play the Main Five in this horror spoof, with Malin Akerman (Trophy Wife; why did that fantastic show get cancelled, dammit?) as actress Amanda Cartwright, star of “Camp Bloodbath”.

Director Todd Strauss-Schulson (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas) seems to be able to tweak the genre just enough to get giggles of the good kind, rather than the usual hate-watch laughter.  Think of this as Wet Bloody American Summer.  But with out the talking can of vegetables.  Well, it’s not in the trailer, anyhow…

The Final Girls hits theaters/VOD October 9th, 2015, and will premiere at TIFF in September.  I’m not ashamed to say I’m completely stoked. There’s no poster yet, but even though I have no idea what it’ll look like, I want it.  In fact, with this film I may just go for it and buy the movie outright.  Because this has the makings of an instant camp classic.  In more ways than one.  Chi-chi-chi!

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