Posted on Friday, August 21st, 2015 by Russ Fischer
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.
We’ll have an interview soon with Todd Strauss-Schulson about how he put the film together, but in the meantime this trailer gives you a good look at the blend of horror and comedy; what it doesn’t show much of is the character drama behind it all, which is perhaps the most effective part of the film. There are hints, clearly, but that’s where the real pleasure of the film lies.
The Final Girls opens on October 9. Trailer via Apple. Joshua John Miller and M.A. Fortin scripted. The cast also features Angela Trimbur, Chloe Bridges, and Tory N. Thompson.
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