The Final Girls single shot

Around the time that The Final Girls hit limited theaters and VOD, we showed off some pages from the production diary that helped director Todd Strauss-Schulson plan his stunning, meta horror comedy. And now that the film is hitting Blu-ray and DVD today, we have another cool behind the scenes feature to show you.

In The Final Girls, there’s a key sequence that was pulled off in a single impressive shot. (If you’ve seen it, it’s the part when the camp counselors and kids trapped in Camp Bloodbath try to trap the killer.) I was sure that visual effects were used to combine several different shots into one, but now we can show you on-set footage of The Final Girls single shot being completed by a programmed camera rig that made it possible. And if you haven’t seen the movie, don’t worry, because we have the finished clip from the movie too. Watch! Read More »


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The Final girls interview

Last week we brought you an exclusive batch of posters from The Final Girls, the absolutely fantastic horror comedy with a whole lot of heart from director Todd Strauss-Schulson. If you haven’t seen it yet, I can’t overstate how much you need to stop what you’re doing and go see this movie on VOD right now.

Otherwise, for anyone out there who has seen the movie and/or may be an aspiring filmmaker, the director sent over to us what is basically his making of The Final Girls — but from before the film was even shot. It’s a handwritten guide to shooting the movie, full of notes and quickly drawn shot diagrams that plan the entire film. It just goes to show you how carefully planned every single element of the movie is before cameras roll. See the making of The Final Girls after the jump. Read More »

The Final Girls poster

This weekend brings a wonderful meshing of horror and comedy with some real heart in the form of The Final Girls. The meta flick takes Taissa Farmiga and throws her into the world of the horror movie that her mother (Malin Akerman) made famous, making for a reunion that is simultaneously thrilling, touching and hilarious. It’s like Last Action Hero, but way better.

And to help get the word out about this seriously incredible movie that will be in limited theaters and available on VOD starting Friday, October 9th, we’ve got an exclusive batch of character posters designed by Alex Pardee, the brilliant artist who has delivered awesome work for The World’s End and Attack the Block previously.

Plus, if you need anymore convincing (other than the awesome trailer), director Todd Strauss-Schulson checked in with us to make sure you know that this movie is all about. And if that’s not enough, we had a great interview with him back in August that you should definitely take the time to read. Otherwise, check out The Final Girls posters below! Read More »

The Final Girls interview

Today we saw the first trailer for The Final Girls, wild and very entertaining movie that successfully blends scares, comedy, and character stories to offer a great perspective on horror films and family relationships. I’d enjoyed the film at SXSW, where it premiered in March; today I spoke with director Todd Strauss-Schulson (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas) about the Wizard of Oz influence on the movie, and the very personal experiences that make it more than a simple blend of horror and comedy concepts. Read More »

The Final girls trailer

I went into The Final Girls at SXSW this year having no idea what to expect from the horror/comedy Todd Strauss-Schulson. What I saw was a very funny comedy that has a good take on the tropes of slasher films, but also a movie that has a really effective core about dealing with difficult family trauma. The cast is led by Taissa Farmiga, Malin Akerman, and Nina Dobrev, with Alexander Ludwig, Alia Shawkat, Thomas Middleditch, and Adam Devine in major roles. Check out The Final Girls trailer here. Read More »

Harold Kumar Christmas

Joking about TV edits of R-rated movies is a tried and true Internet tradition. Lines like “Yippie-Ki-Yay Mr. Falcon” and the use of “melonfarmer” will forever live in our memory banks. However, while the results of TV edits are fairly prominent online, the process to get there is usually masked.

Director Todd Strauss-Schulson pulled back that curtain every so slightly on Instagram this week. He showed a list of notes given that needed to be changed on a TV version of his R-rated comedy A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas and it’s pretty damn funny. Check it out below. Read More »

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Last fall’s A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas may not have been a runaway hit, but it was certainly good enough to boost the profile of its relatively unknown director Todd Strauss-Schulson. Before that film, he was best known, by those who knew him at all, for being “some MTV director.” Since the modest critical and commercial success of Harold & Kumar, though, Strauss-Schulson has been weighing a few different options for his next feature.

Among other things, there was talk last year that he could do the horror send-up Final Girls or perhaps the assassin comedy Family Getaway. Now he’s also gone and attached himself to Warner Bros.’ Rascal Raccoon’s Raging Revenge, a live-action/animation hybrid based on a graphic novel by Oni Press that suggests what might happen if Sylvester ever actually managed to catch Tweety. More details after the jump. Read More »

Q&A: Which is the Best 3D Format?

Lets face it, 3D movies are not going away any time soon. Every year we’re seeing more and more films being released and re-released in 3D. So why not experience the 3D in the best way possible?

There are several 3D formats. RealD? Dolby 3D? IMAX 3D? XpanD 3D? Which is the best 3D format? I attempt to answer that question in this weeks edition of Q&A. We’ll take a look at the technical differences, and the advantages and disadvantages between the four big choices. We’ll show you why your local multiplex picked one format over another, and we even got some of the top 3D filmmakers and 3d experts to comment.

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Even as Julie Delpy gears up for a possible third Before Sunrise pic with Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater, the busy writer-director-actress has attached herself to helm a biopic of iconic rock musician Joe Strummer called The Right Profile. Strummer is best remembered as the frontman of British punk group The Clash, though his musical resume also includes solo work, stints with The Mescaleros and The Pogues, and the soundtracks for Walker and Sid and Nancy. (The film is named after this Clash song, from London Calling. The tune even points back to the movies, with lyrics about ’40s film star Montgomery Clift.)

Few details about the project have been revealed at this time, though we do know the film will follow Strummer’s disappearance from the public spotlight in 1982. Variety notes that Delpy could appear in the picture — seeing as she’s acted in nearly all of her directorial efforts, including the recently wrapped 2 Days in New York — but as far as we know, that’s just speculation at this point.

After the jump, A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas helmer Todd Strauss-Schulson finds his next project, while The Help director drops out of Melissa McCarthy’s Tammy.

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