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posted Friday, October 16, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 42
Gleefully anarchic Girls a joyous '80s slasher homage
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Gleefully anarchic Girls a joyous '80s slasher homage

by Sara Michelle Fetters - SGN A&E Writer

THE FINAL GIRLS
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After the death of her actress mother Amanda (Malin Akerman), the last thing high school senior Max (Taissa Farmiga) wants to think about is 1980s slasher cult favorite 'Camp Bloodbath.' See, her mom was the chief 'Scream Queen' from that little gem, playing one of the counselors brutally butchered by a deranged madman hacking and slashing his way through the camp with a blood-stained machete. It's the role that made her famous yet also left her hopelessly typecast, handicapping Amanda's career in ways she was never able to overcome.

Still, on the anniversary of the film's original release, Max is talked into making a personal appearance at a special screening by her best friend Gertie's (Alia Shawkat) older brother Duncan (Thomas Middleditch). After a freak accident sees the theater burst into flame, the teenager literally cuts the screen in two in hopes she and her friends can escape. Thing is, she's inadvertently sent them all stumbling literally inside the movie itself, Max, Gertie, Duncan, potential boyfriend Chris (Alexander Ludwig) and his narcissistic ex-girlfriend Vicki (Nina Dobrev) face-to-face with the world of 'Camp Bloodbath,' and that includes the character portrayed by Amanda, the perpetually cheery (yet still doomed) camp counselor Nancy.

Director Todd Strauss-Schulson's (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas) and screenwriters M.A. Fortin and Joshua John Miller's The Final Girls isn't the first film to utilize a movie-within-a-movie scenario where the main characters discover themselves on the other side of the celluloid screen (Disney's just used this conceit twice, in fact, for its insanely popular Teen Beach Movie series), but that doesn't make it any less inventive. Working as both an irreverent, giggly eccentric homage to the '80s slasher movie craze as well as a solid little scare flick in its own right, it's the somewhat surprising poignant maturity and warmth at the center of this lunacy that makes this anarchic hybrid memorable. The relationship between Max and Nancy, how the very real daughter of a not-particularly-successful actress relates to the fictional character she was best known for, that stuff is marvelous, giving the film an infectious energetic kick.

There are a lot of wonderful touches sprinkled throughout, not the least of which is the way Strauss-Schulson and company play with genre conventions, doing so in a way that's intrinsically humorous yet still also shows reverence and respect for films like Friday the 13th, Sleepaway Camp, Madman and The Burning. The key group portraying the doomed set of counselors, Pitch Perfect favorite Adam DeVine, freewheeling comedian Angela Trimbur, firebrand Chloe Bridges and relative newcomer Tory N. Thompson, are all superb, while Shawkat, Middleditch, Ludwig and especially 'The Vampire Diaries' starlet Dobrev all add agreeably able support as the 21st century youngsters stranded in an alien, and innately artificial, cinematic world.

None of this would work, however, if neither Farmiga nor Akerman were up to the challenge, and to say both are anything less than divine would be an outright falsehood. The former, so good in her older sister Vera Farmiga's Higher Ground as well as in Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring, is just delightful, adding a level of realism and human decency I can't say I saw coming. As for Akerman, she's incredible, her performance touchingly sublime the way she navigates the emotional interiors of a fictional character coming to grips with her own inauthenticity, who still grows to have motherly feelings for a stranger she's learned the most unfathomable of truths from.

The movie goes on a little long, overstaying its welcome if only by the tiniest, most infinitesimal of margins. Even so, the climax is just plain terrific, while a closing hospital sequence recalling a certain classic slasher sequel (of the non summer camp variety) is close to perfect. Strauss-Schulson does a nice job handling this absurdist mayhem, balancing humor, action and scares with confidence. The Final Girls is an impressive little love letter to 1980s teen slasher horror of yore, and I for one can't help but think it's a movie I'm going to be watching again relatively soon.

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