Does The Final Girls recreate the '80s slasher flick? Find out here.
|"This PG-13 won't let me|
take my top off!"
Being a fan of these types of films, it's easy to understand and respect what director Todd Strauss-Schulson is going for here. His visual elements definitely stand the test of a recreated past that exists in a bloodied camp stalked by a masked machete killer. The stylistic kills are a definite throwback to better times and the apparent love for Friday the 13th is marked from front to back. The Final Girls flirts with genius at times but ends up falling short due to a PG-13 rating that restricts the gore factor, limits the sexuality, precludes any nudity, and makes a slasher relatively non-threatening. There was never ONE Friday the 13th movie with anything less than an R. Making a film that exists in the same type of world nearly renders any similarities or tribute like aspects totally useless. With a harder rating and more true genre similarities, this could have been so much better.
|"MY GOD!! What IS that smell?"|
Horror fans will delight in the throwback scenarios in The Final Girls. Some will even love it for its campy tone. For this guy, it fell short of what it promised. When paying respect to a genre through the use of a film like this, you absolutely cannot fall short in recreating the tone, violence, and a terrifying yet charismatic killer. This doesn't live up to what they set out to do, The Final Girls wants so badly to be the next Cabin in the Woods, but doesn't come close to the love and care that went into that high concept little gem of a movie. With the rating ramped up to an R, more sexuality, and more gore, this could have been great. As it stands, The Final Girls is a mediocre attempt.
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