Moonlight Frights: The Final Girls
The minute I saw the trailer I knew I was going to love this film. The Final Girls has soared to my top film of 2015 and I think it’s what I’ve been looking for. This comedy-horror flick pays tribute to 80’s slasher films with an all-star cast. Taissa Farmiga (American Horror Story), Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley, Fun Size) and Nina Dobrev (The Vampire Diaries) are just a few of the talents that grace the screen and the screen-within-the-screen. While the plot seems like a recipe for disaster, it is anything but.
The film starts off with Max waiting in the car while her mother, Amanda (Malin Åkerman) auditions for an unnamed film. Frustrated that she’ll only be relegated to a scream queen in Camp Bloodbath, Amanda and Max drive off only to be hit and their car upturned. Three years later, Max is studying with Gertie (Alia Shawkat) and Chris (Alexander Ludwig) when super horror fan, Duncan (Middleditch) shows up and asks Max to attend a screening of Camp Bloodbath and its sequel Camp Bloodbath 2: Cruel Summer. She reluctantly agrees and attends the event with Gertie in tow along with Chris. While having a nice chat outside the theater, Chris’ ex and Max’s former friend, Vicki (Dobrev) shows up and clings onto the former.
As they watch the film, Max attempts to leave for fresh air while her mother is slaughtered onscreen. Before she can do that, a fire erupts in the theater and she and her friends seek refuge by the screen. Using a machete dropped on the floor (because it’s totally okay to carry one to a screening), Max tears into the screen. Awakening in the woods, Max and her friends seemingly look for help until Duncan reveals they’re trapped within the movie. While the group tries to figure out what to do, they pretend to be camp counselors alongside the film’s doomed cast. While that would spell disaster for any other film, the film takes it up a notch and has the cast do incredible to make this film a superb tribute.
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