PLOT: The daughter of a deceased scream queen and her friends accidentally become part of the slasher movie that made her mom famous.
Last Action Hero meets Friday the 13th with a little bit of Scream thrown in. That’s basically what you have here with The Final Girls. Ever since Scream, it seems like a self-referential horror film comes around every few years, and while The Final Girls isn’t exactly Scream or Cabin in the Woods for that matter, but The Final Girls is at least a decent little movie that could do with a little bit of a harder edge.
Max, played by American Horror Story’s Taissa Farmiga, is, I guess, our real-world final girl. Her mother (Malin Akerman), was one of the leads in Camp Bloodbath, a summer camp slasher flick, dies in a car accident. When she attends an anniversary screaming of the film, her and her friends inadvertently get stuck in the movie and have to play out the events of it along with the regular cast. There are some nice moments in this, like the usage of the flashback sequences, and Thomas Middleditch does his best Jamie Kennedy impression as the horror film geek, but there some missed opportunities here, simply because it stuck with a PG-13 rating.
There is as much gore as you can squeeze into a PG-13, which isn’t all that much; not for this genre, anyway.
Gore Rating: 2.5 out of 5
No. There are no scares with this one.
Scare Rating: 0 out of 5
Nope. It’s PG-13, so nothing. There is a workaround, with the real life group trying hard to keep the movie characters’ clothes on, but it doesn’t change the fact that it seems like there’s a little bit missing.
Sex/Nudity Rating: 0 out of 5
I liked this movie for the most part. It’s a decent horror comedy that pays homage to the genre, but the R-rated version would be better. It’s a perfectly fine, castrated slasher movie with a pretty good set up and a great third act.