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DVD Release: The Final Girls

November 3, 2015

By John Corrado

The Final Girls DVDAfter playing as the closing night film of Midnight Madness at TIFF, Sony Pictures is releasing the horror comedy The Final Girls on DVD.  Max (Taissa Farmiga) is a teenager still grieving the death of her mother, Amanda Cartwright (Malin Akerman), who was a famous scream queen in a cheesy 1980s slasher movie called Camp Bloodbath.

When Max reluctantly attends a revival screening of her late mother’s film, at the encouragement of local nerd Duncan (Thomas Middleditch), she ends up sucked through the big screen with her group of friends, reuniting the mother and daughter and forcing them to play by the rules of horror movie cliches in order to survive.

Although The Final Girls is a bit of a mixed bag overall, and doesn’t do quite as much with this great premise as it probably could have, often playing more as pure comedy instead of slasher or horror, the film still provides its fair share of cheesy and enjoyable throwback fun.  There are enough cool meta moments, including clever uses of flashbacks and slow motion, to warrant a mild recommendation for genre fans, and the whole ending is also pretty great, anchored by an unexpectedly emotional kick.

The DVD includes separate commentary tracks with director Todd Strauss-Schulson, the writers and the cast and crew, alternate endings, deleted and extended scenes, as well as several featurettes.

The Final Girls is 91 minutes and rated 14A.

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