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Director: Tyler Shields
Running Time: 90 mins
Tyler Shields has made a splash over the years as a Hollywood photographer, so it makes perfect sense his directorial debut would be a horror movie. Having said that, the crowd at FrightFest may well be divided over Final Girl, which sits as a curate’s egg amongst today’s crop of cinematic nightmares.
The convoluted story opens with a sinister scene where a young girl is interrogated by a shadowy, suited type (Wes Bentley) in sparse, concrete surroundings. Flash forward to over a decade later and Bentley has trained the girl – Veronica (Abigail Breslin) – as a party-dress-wearing death machine, programmed as bait for a group of psychotic teenage »
- Steve Palace
If you go down to the woods tonight and you see a group of smartly attired young men sitting around on leather couches laughing, you might want to get out of there. These men have a hobby: they get their kicks from hunting young women through the trees. But one day they mess with the wrong girl.
That’s the premise of Final Girl, part of this year’s Frightfest selection. It’s the directorial debut of accomplished photographer Tyler Shields, who works with longstanding friend Abigail Breslin as his star. We asked him how it came about and he told us that being a filmmaker is what he’s really wanted ever since he was a child. “Photography kind of just happened. Making movies was always my dream.”
Meeting the boys
The way this particular film developed would »
- Jennie Kermode
Notorious snapper Tyler Shields has made his directorial debut with horror film Final Girl. It’s safe to say when Shields puts his name to something it isn’t going to be run of the mill, and that’s certainly the case here.
A tense, atmospheric and above all strange tale of revenge, it stars Abigail Breslin as a young assassin charged with wiping out a group of teen psychopaths and Wes Bentley as her grizzled mentor. I got on the Fifties-style phone for a look past the movie’s Americana exterior and into the bloody, beating heart beneath…
The film is arguably quite unusual. What drew you to this story?
Oh Steve, I wouldn’t say it’s arguably unusual, I’d say it’s very unusual! »
- Steve Palace
The Hunger Games meets Kick-Ass in this nightmarish story of survival! When a pack of teenage boys choose the seemingly innocent Veronica (Abigail Breslin) as the next victim of a deadly hunting tradition, they soon discover she’s not as innocent as she looks…
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- Phil Wheat
The Hunger Games meets Kick-Ass in this nightmarish story of survival!
When a pack of teenage boys choose the seemingly innocent Veronica (Abigail Breslin) as the next victim of a deadly hunting tradition, they soon discover she’s not as innocent as she looks…
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- Gary Collinson
To clarify, this article and the ones similar to it are not reviews of this fall/midseason’s pilots (because pilots can change a lot between now and when they broadcast). These are just my first impressions of the not-for-air network pilots that I have been able to screen. I last wrote about NBC’s Blindspot. Next up: Fox’s Scream Queens, which premieres with a two-hour episode on Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 8 p.m. The Premise: A devil-clad killer begins targeting those involved with Kappa House, the most popular, sought-after, and sadistic sorority on campus, causing everyone to question who the killer is and if they could be his or her next victim. The Cast: Emma Roberts (American Horror Story) as Chanel Oberlin, Jamie Lee Curtis (New Girl) as Dean Cathy Munsch, Skyler Samuels (The Nine Lives of Chloe King) as Grace Gardner, Lea Michele (Glee) as Hester, Keke Palmer »
- Chris King
Each and every year a Frightfest there always seems to be an overriding theme that ties a lot of the films screeening there – be they in the main or discovery screens. This year the theme, at least from the films I’ve seen so far, would seem to be strong women. Be it the strong women that take charge of proceedings in films like The Sand, Stung and Night of the Living Deb or the strong “final girls” in films like Last Girl Standing and this, Final Girl.
Directed by professional photographer Tyler Shields, Final Girl tells the story of Veronica who, after her parents are murdered as a young girl, is groomed by a mysterious mentor to become a lethal assassin, her sights »
- Phil Wheat
Final Girl – not to be confused with Todd Strauss-Schulson’s Hilarious The Final Girls) – is a “cool” movie. Like, swanky-murderers-who-act-like-psychotic-Rat-Pack-members “cool.” But it’s not very sensible, nor does it care about being a nonsensical horror-stereotype-busting acid trip. Tyler Shields is a devilishly creative filmmaker, and there’s a certain amount of respect earned through this wicked battle of the sexes, but as a storyteller, Shields is more erratic than a scat rapper. With that said, the question morphs from “Is Final Girl an enjoyable movie?” into “Do you value aesthetics over substance?” Narration versus cinematic anarchy – take your pick!
Abigail Breslin plays an orphaned girl named Veronica, Shields’ titular “final girl.” After the death of her parents, she’s taken in by a man named William (Wes Bentley), who trains her to be a female assassin with a specific mission. William tells her about a group of men who »
- Matt Donato
Blowing vintage Rolls-Royce cars up, showing the glitz and the glamour mixed with the blood grime, photographer Tyler Shields definitely has his own style. One of the most infamous photographers of his time, Shields has shot everything from the stars of today and tomorrow to controversial photos of thought-provoking images such as an African-American man hanging a Kkk member. Tyler has a very visual eye, and it shows in his work as a photographer, so when it was announced that Shields would be making his directorial debut with the survivalist horror film, Final Girl, it seemed like a very natural next step in his evolution as a visual artist. The film, which makes its theatrical and VOD debut today, is a visual treat, a horror film that is full of excellent performances and an ability to make every single shot look like the beautiful photography that Shields is know for. »
- Jerry Smith
The ferocious rhymes of hip-hop icons N.W.A.’s controversial 1988 anthem “F–k tha Police” scarcely seem to have aged when they blast on to the soundtrack of “Straight Outta Compton,” echoing into a world where the abuse of black Americans at the hands of law-enforcement officials remains common headline news. But if “Compton” is undeniably of the moment, it’s also timeless in its depiction of how artists and writers transform the world around them into angry, profane, vibrant and singular personal expression. A conventional music-world biopic in outline, but intensely human and personal in its characterizations and attention to detail, director F. Gary Gray’s movie is a feast for hip-hop connoisseurs and novices alike as it charts the West Coast rap superstars’ meteoric rise, fractious in-fighting and discovery that the music business can be as savage as the inner-city streets. A very smart piece of »
- Variety Staff
Abigail Breslin is the new gal in town in her upcoming flick Final Girl, and based on this exclusive clip, it's going to be thrilling (to say the least). The creepy scene shows the former child actress alongside Alexander Ludwig as the two battle it out over who can show the most intense glare in a café. Ok, in actuality, Breslin is shown sitting in a corner booth all to herself as Ludwig—looking handsome in a suit, we might add—makes his way over to the actress. "This seat taken?" he asks, before she cleverly replies, "Just by you." The two have chemistry that you can cut with a knife, and as their conversation grows, viewers begin to realize there's »
Little Miss Sunshine goes the way of La Femme Nikita in “Final Girl,” a mildly intriguing thriller of comeuppance that leaves you wanting more — not more archly stylized violence or repetitive revenge fantasy, perhaps, but more insight into the connection between the eponymous assassin (Abigail Breslin) and her highly skilled mentor (Wes Bentley). Then again, with its seemingly deliberate absence of context or character development, this patchy, underwritten thriller could almost pass for a critique of any number of genre forebears in which the mere presence of a hot, ass-kicking female avenger is meant to seem subversive. Drawing out a thin, largely tension-free payback scenario involving four murderous jocks with a penchant for sweet young blondes, Tyler Shields’ so-so but promising directing debut could get a boost from its name leads in otherwise modest theatrical and VOD play.
Not to be confused with “The Final Girls,” a cheeky horror sendup currently making the festival rounds, »
- Justin Chang
Alexander Ludwig was a human punching bag on the set of his new movie, "Final Girl" -- and director Tyler Shields was the one delivering the blows to his chiseled abs and face. We got this clip of Shields pumping up Ludwig for an intense scene by landing several combination punches to the body. The video's pretty awesome -- either Tyler's a total lightweight or Alexander's a total badass ... 'cause he doesn't flinch. We're »
- TMZ Staff
Exclusive Final Girl clip and photos Cinedigm and Nassar Entertainment will be releasing the stylish new horror film Final Girl in select theaters, on Digital HD and Video On Demand on August 14, and they have provided us with an exclusive Final Girl clip featuring a tense chase scene between star Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine, Zombieland) and…
- Max Evry
In anticipation of Final Girl's release next Friday, a new clip has been revealed courtesy of Cinedigm. Also: the visual-gasm continues with a trailer for The Devil of Kreuzberg and finally, release details for The Wicked Within.
Press Release: "Renowned photographer to some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, Tyler Shields will captivate audiences with his debut feature film, the “sardonic, smart, stylized, thriller” (Dennis Dermody, Paper), Final Girl. Starring Oscar® nominee Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine, Zombieland), Final Girl will debut in select theaters, Digital HD and Video on Demand August 14 from Cinedigm (Nasdaq:cidm) and Nasser Entertainment.
Also starring BAFTA® Film Award nominee Wes Bentley (The Hunger Games,American Beauty), Alexander Ludwig (The Hunger Games, Lone Survivor), Francesca Eastwood (Jersey Boys), daughter of Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood, »
- Tamika Jones
Since when is Abigail Breslin all grown up?! - Us Weekly Kylie Jenner's birthday celebration is already Nsfw - HuffPost Celebrity Gwen Stefani emerges after announcing her divorce - Lainey Gossip Has Sean Penn already moved on from Charlize Theron? - Dlisted Hilary Duff speaks out against mom bullying - Et Anne Hathaway reveals her struggle in the media spotlight - JustJared Bella Thorne looks as gorgeous as ever - Hollywood Tuna Even Prince is getting behind Jay Z's Tidal - Pink Is the New Blog Michelle Rodriguez is still killing it in her bikini - The Superficial See the new video from this British pop princess - popbytes »
Cookie Lyon is looking hot! "Empire" star Taraji P. Henson brought the sexy during Fox's Summer 2015 TCA All-star party in West Hollywood, California on Thursday night. The 44-year-old stole the spotlight in a plunging Cushnie et Ochs Lbd that showed off her assets! She kept her hair in long loose curls and paired the look with a striped clutch and bronze strappy sandals. For fans who can't get enough of Cookie, series creator Lee Daniels revealed during a panel that there will be a spin-off chronicling the character's younger years. Another Fox series we're dying to see: "Scream Queens." That show's cast members also walked the carpet at the event in equally fashion-forward ensembles. Keke Palmer went with an edgy look for the night. The 21-year-old stunned in a metallic green knit crop top and skirt combo. She finished her look with loose waves and black sandals. Her costar Emma Watson »
- tooFab Staff
Abigail Breslin is working what she’s got. The 19-year-old Scream Queens actress rocked a plunging black dress at the 2015 Summer TCA Tour Fox All-Star party at Soho House in West Hollywood, Calif., on Thursday, Aug. 6. The low-cut ensemble showed off the teen’s insane cleavage. Breslin’s Scream Queens costars and writers credit her for keeping them hip. During the panel on Thursday, where Breslin, who plays a sorority sister in the horror comedy, was more modestly dressed, Nasim Pedrad joked that working on the college thriller [...] »
If you haven't seen it yet, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation is the kind of film that ruins you for other blockbusters. Handily, it was deployed right at the end of July, right around the time that most of us have had our blocks thoroughly busted. As we've noted around this time in recent years, you might even be feeling a little fatigued with the smashy-bangy of it all.
But the big movies will keep coming through August. Still to come this month, as blockbuster season winds down, are films like Adam Sandler's video game-themed sci-fi comedy Pixels, horror sequel Sinister 2 and reboots galore, in the form of Fantastic Four, Hitman: Agent 47 and The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Before you know it, it'll be time to »
There are a lot of great movies arriving on VOD for the month of August, which should undoubtedly please all you genre fans who love to catch on some of the best indie horror and sci-fi titles from the comfort of your own homes. We kick things off with The Last Survivors from Dark Sky Films and the very same day, Uncork’d Entertainment is unleashing their werewolf flick Dark Moon Rising which stars Eric Roberts.
On August 7th, A24 is planning on taking viewers to some Dark Places, and we’ve got a handful of movies arriving in mid-month including the thriller Cop Car starring Kevin Bacon and the stylized revenge tale Final Girl featuring the always great Abigail Breslin. A few days later, SpectreVision’s The Boy arrives on VOD and one of my personal favorite films of 2015, the spunky post-apocalyptic action adventure tale Turbo Kid, will be released on August 28th. »
- Heather Wixson
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