The instant I saw the trailer, I was hooked. I love the entire genre of horror comedy. The horror is gentle enough that I don't wuss out, and the comedy is generally based on a love of the material.
Plus, The Final Girls had a fantastic cast. Malin Ackerman, Alia Shawkat, Nina Dobrev, and Taissa Farminga have all been in good stuff. Many of the male actors were also familiar names.
A genre I loved featuring a good cast meant I bought a ticket on one of the few nights my local theater showed The Final Girls. One good thing about living in a big city is having local theaters that can afford to show indie movies.
The Final Girls setup is simple: Max (Taissa Farminga) goes to an anniversary screening of Camp Bloodbath, the movie that made her late mother (Malin Ackerman) a scream queen. When a fire starts in the theater, Max and her friends escape through the screen and find themselves in the movie. Eventually, they decide that they have to make it to the end of the movie and kill Billy.
I am not sure The Final Girls was the best choice for the movie's title. It made me expect more of a feminist message (although the movie does have feminist leanings). What it does have is a strong emotional core. Max's relationship with her mother's character is beautifully done. She wants to be able to at least save this small part of her mother.
The chills are done pretty well too. Billy's scary theme was surprisingly effective. I felt like I would've enjoyed watching the cheesy original, since there were still several scares in the comedic take. I found the ending extremely fitting for a movie that mocked horror tropes when it wasn't serving as a touching paean to grief.
The Final Girls is currently available as video on demand from most retailers. It will be available to rent from Redbox starting November 3rd.