I love a good 80’s slasher flick, don’t you?
Friday the 13th, Sleepaway Camp, Cheerleader Camp, Slumber Party Massacre…the cheesier the better as far as I’m concerned, and let’s face it, the 80’s were THE definitive era of cheesy horror. The following decades had plenty of decent killer flicks of course, but the genre started taking itself way too seriously at one point and didn’t that just suck all the fun out of the classic slasher…yeah it did.
The 80’s camp slasher was one of the most epic subgenres that horror had to offer, making camp seem like a non-stop sexathon/orgy of death.
FYI, I’ve been to camp, and camp in real life is a lame-ass combination of mosquito bites, stinky kids, asshole counselors and ear infections…at least that’s what camp was for me. Maybe everyone else’s camp is sexy and bloody, but mine just sucked, not a penis or a murderer in sight.
Still, I always had the movies, and The Final Girls centers around one such movie, Camp Bloodbath, a cult slasher about a Jason-esque masked killer named Billy Murphy who stalks/slashes the counselors of the picturesque Camp Blue Finch. Bloodbath is the most famous film of scream queen Amanda Cartwright (Malin Akerman, who mysteriously does not age), a failed actress and mother of young Max (Taissa Farmiga) who tragically dies in the first few minutes of The Final Girls.
Three years later, Max is convinced to attend a screening of her mother’s masterwork on the anniversary of her death, and after a series of unfortunate events, Max and four of her friends somehow become trapped inside the movie.
The concept isn’t wholly original I know (hello Pleasantville), but the script by M.A. Fortin and Joshua John Miller is damn near perfect and filled with fun 80’s moments and smart dialogue, and coupled with an absolutely pitch perfect cast, which includes Alexander Ludwig (so pretty and a walking jawline), Adam DeVine (the most hilarious part of the movie) and Alia Shawkat (this girl should be in EVERYTHING), The Final Girls is an absolute bloody delight from start to finish.
Fun Fact: Writer Joshua John Miller is the actor who played Homer (the kid) in Near Dark, which is one of my favorite movies ever…fangirl shriek anyone?
Although hailed as a spoof, I prefer to see The Final Girls more as a love letter to the 80’s slasher, because even though the movie is thoroughly mocking the genre, it is also lovingly paying homage to all the trashy awesomeness of the very films it parodies.
I don’t wanna say too much more about The Final Girls, because honestly, a big part of the fun was seeing where the embattled characters would end up next, and this is definitely one movie I do not wanna ruin for anyone. So do yourselves a favor and don’t read any spoilers and go see The Final Girls, because this is one fucking good movie, and definitely not one you wanna miss.