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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
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
Self-referential horror is a tricky bag, but when it’s done right, it really hits the ground running. There are more than a few films being released with the promise of providing a “throwback” to ’80s horror, and more times than not, they tend to miss their mark. Enter The Final Girls. The whole premise of the film just screams cult-classic in the making, and unlike a lot of throwback horror, this film actually knows the subgenre well enough to pay homage without seeming like a parody.
Hitting theaters and VOD on October 9th, the trailer for The Final Girls has officially dropped and fright fanatics, it’s a good one. Check it out, and be sure to catch The Final Girls when it comes to a screen or TV near you.
When Max (Taissa Farmiga) and her friends reluctantly attend an anniversary screening of “Camp Bloodbath,” the infamous ‘80s »
- Jerry Smith
Back in 1996, when director Wes Craven and writer Kevin Williamson unleashed the first instalment of the Scream franchise on cinema audiences everywhere, the movie was declared to be just the shot in the arm that the horror genre needed. Dripping with post-modernism and oozing self-awareness, that film succeeded in drawing fresh blood into the horror movie fold. There have been many pretenders to the Scream throne in the intervening two decades, but it seems that one particular set of filmmakers has finally got the recipe right – and we can see proof of that fact in the new trailer for the upcoming horror comedy, The Final Girls.
The filmmakers in question are director Todd Strauss-Schulson (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas), and writers M.A Fortin and Joshua John Miller – here making their feature length debut. This trio appear to have created a comedic horror film so smart and funny, that »
- Sarah Myles
Classic '80s horror movies are in for a post-modern makeover in the new official trailer for comedy horror The Final Girls.
As Max reluctantly attends a screening of her late mother's cult hit with her friends, they find themselves pulled into the world of the movie and join forces with Max's mother against the killer haunting the film.
Thomas Middleditch, Alia Shawkat and Alexander Ludwig also feature in the film as the trapped teenagers, while Adam DeVine and Chloe Bridges star as the camp councillors and attendees that make up the cast of the film »
Adam DeVine, Thomas Middleditch, Alia Shawkat and Alexander Ludwig also star in the pic, which sends up the tropes of 1980s slasher movies by transporting a crew of modern teenagers into the world of “Camp Bloodbath,” an homage to the genre’s most beloved films. Farmiga stars as Max, daughter of a horror film actress (Akerman) who stars in the film-within-the-film.
The clip is replete with in-jokes about the campiness of the genre and the devotion of its fans, from Middleditch’s character commenting on the corn-syrup-for-blood phenomenon to DeVine’s character making a mockery of the traditionally lame dialogue (“Nice legs. What time do they open?”). While most of the trailer’s digs take aim at ’80s horror culture, 2015 teens are mocked as well, with »
- Marianne Zumberge
A trailer has arrived online for director Todd Strauss-Schulson’s upcoming comedy horror The Final Girls which stars Taissa Farmiga, Nina Dobrev, Adam DeVine, Thomas Middleditch, Alia Shawkat, Angela Trimbur and Alexander Ludwig. Check it out below after the official synopsis…
When Max (Taissa Farmiga) and her friends reluctantly attend a screening of “Camp Bloodbath,” an infamous ‘80s cult horror film that starred Max’s late mother (Malin Akerman), they are accidentally sucked into the silver screen. They soon realize they’re trapped inside the movie and must team up with the horny, regan-era idiot “Camp Bloodbath” counselors — including Max’s mom as the shy scream queen — to battle the film’s machete-wielding killer, Billy Murphy. Face to face with her mother for the first time in years, Max has a second chance not only to see her, but to save her, and with the help of her friends, get »
- Gary Collinson
I've been talking about The Final Girls ever since I caught it earlier this year at the Stanley Film Festival, and I can't wait for Daily Dead readers to check it out. In all honesty, you're better off going into it without knowing anything, but for those that are on the fence or can't hold out until October, we have a brand new trailer for you to check out.
"The Final Girls is an unconventional comedy about Max, a high school senior, who is mysteriously transported with her friends into a 1980s horror film that starred Max’s mother, a celebrated scream queen. Trapped inside the movie, Max finds herself reunited with her mom, who she lost in real life. Together with Max’s friends, they must fend off the camp counselors’ raging hormones, battle a deranged machete-wielding killer and find a way to escape the movie and make it back home. »
- Jonathan James
The Final Girls trailer has taken the internet by storm today, promising another Scream for a whole new generation. Horror aficionados are being drawn towards the meta thriller, which looks to be both very scary and very self-aware. It's a whole new take on the genre, while being a throwback as well. And it might just be the jolt of electricity the genre has been waiting impatiently for these past couple of years.
The Final Girls is all about horror movies, of course. When Max and her friends reluctantly attend a screening of "Camp Bloodbath," an infamous '80s cult horror film that starred Max's late mother, they are accidentally sucked into the silver screen. They soon realize they're trapped inside the movie and must team up with the horny, regan-era idiot "Camp Bloodbath" counselors, including Max's mom as the shy scream queen, to battle the film's machete-wielding killer, »
When a special screening of the movie that made her mother a star goes awry, she and her friends are forced to walk through the screen and wind up in the film's infamous Camp Bloodbath.
Todd Strauss-Schulson helms while M. A. Fortin and Joshua John Miller penned the script for the film which also stars Adam DeVine, Thomas Middleditch, Alia Shawkat, Alexander Ludwig and Nina Dobrev. The film hits cinemas and iTunes on October 9th.
- Garth Franklin
Read More: 'Deathgasm,' 'The Final Girls' and More Announced in Horror-Soaked Stanley Film Festival Full Lineup When horror and comedy combine, the result can be either inventive or downright boring. Todd Strauss-Schulson's upcoming comedy "The Final Girls" should fall in the former category based on its in a genre-bending trailer and female-fronted cast. "The Final Girls" centers on Max, a high school senior who somehow gets transported with her friends into a 1980's horror film that starred her mother. While trapped inside the movie, Max becomes reunited with her mother, who she lost in real life. Together, they must avoid the hormonal camp counselors, fight a machete-armed killer and escape the movie safely. The film stars Taissa Farmiga, Malin Akerman, Alexander Ludwig, Nina Dobrev, Alia Shawkat, Thomas Middleditch and Adam Devine. The film premiered at the SXSW Film Festival this year and will make its Canadian »
- Kaeli Van Cott
There's pretty much nothing not to like about The Final Girls trailer if you are any kind of pop culture lover. The horror-comedy is a brilliant-looking mix of genres that also features stars of American Horror Story, The Vampire Diaries, Workaholics, and more - and it looks like so much fun. Teen Max (Taissa Farmiga) and her friends (including Nina Dobrev, Alia Shawkat, Alexander Ludwig, and Silicon Valley's Thomas Middleditch) head to the movies to watch an old cult-classic horror movie because it stars Max's deceased mom (Malin Akerman), and when a fire breaks out, they're all magically transported (shhh, just go with it) into the movie. Max gets to spend time with her mom, everyone gets to goof on the "cast" (including Adam DeVine), and oh yeah, they have to defeat a crazed killer. There is a lot going on, but somehow it works. There's no release date yet, »
"Movies like this end when the final girl kills the bad guy, and the credits roll..." This looks crazy! If you love horror movies, you have to see this. The first trailer has debuted for a horror comedy spoof called The Final Girls, directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson. The film is basically a huge riff on the entire horror genre, breaking all sorts of tropes and making fun of everything from flashbacks to the "final girl" killing the bad guy at the end. It looks really crazy fun, and I'm sure it'll be a good one to watch this October. The huge cast includes Taissa Farmiga starring as Max, plus Malin Akerman, Alexander Ludwig, Nina Dobrev, Alia Shawkat, Adam Devine, Angela Trimbur, Chloe Bridges & Thomas Middleditch. Have fun! Here's the first official trailer for Todd Strauss-Schulson's The Final Girls, found on YouTube: When Max (Farmiga) and her friends reluctantly attend a screening of "Camp Bloodbath, »
- Alex Billington
Todd Strauss-Schulson hasn’t directed a film since his debut, “A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas,” but that didn’t really light up the box office like many thought it might. Instead, he’s staying in the world of comedy, but pivoting to include elements of the horror genre. His latest, “The Final Girls,” has quite the cast and stars Taissa Farmiga, Malin Akerman, Alexander Ludwig, Nina Dobrev, Alia Shawkat, Thomas Middleditch, and Adam Devine. Here’s the official synopsis: The Final Girls is an unconventional comedy about Max, a high school senior, who is mysteriously transported with her friends into a 1980s horror film that starred Max’s mother, a celebrated scream queen. Trapped inside the movie, Max finds herself reunited with her mom, who she lost in real life. Together with Max’s friends, they must fend off the camp counselors’ raging hormones, battle a deranged machete-wielding killer »
- Edward Davis
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
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
So, how do you get the most out of your actors when you need them to really emote and deliver? If you’re Final Girl director Tyler Shields, you get as physical as possible. Check out this new video courtesy of… Continue Reading →
- Steve Barton
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