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Soon you can step into the world of a summer camp slasher film from the comfort of your own couch, as Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has slated The Final Girls for a November 3rd Blu-ray and DVD debut, complete with a hearty helping of bonus features:
Press Release (via Home Theater Forum): Culver City, Calif. (Oct. 20, 2015) – An official selection of the SXSW Film Festival, the Los Angeles Film Festival, screened at the Toronto International Film Festival’s Midnight Madness, and celebrated at Sitges, director Todd Strauss-Schulson’s genre-blending horror comedy The Final Girls debuts on Blu-ray™ and DVD Nov. 3 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Taissa Farmiga (“American Horror Story”), Malin Akerman (Couples Retreat), Adam DeVine (“Modern Family”), Thomas Middleditch (“Silicon Valley”), Alia Shawkat (“Arrested Development”), Alexander Ludwig (“Vikings”) and Nina Dobrev (“The Vampire Diaries”) star in the unconventional comedy about a young girl (Farmiga) who is mysteriously transported with »
- Derek Anderson
To celebrate the release of the high octane action-drama Vikings: The Complete Third Season, available on DVD from 2nd November 2015, we have an amazing 10 copies to give away courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.
Ragnar and his Norsemen must come together as relationships are strained and loyal friendships questioned.
Also starring Clive Stadden (Hammer of Gods) as Ragnar’s brother, Gustaf Skarsgård (The Way Back) as boat builder Floki, Katheryn Winnick (Bones) as shield-maiden and Ragnar’s ex-wife Lagertha, George Blagden (Wrath of the Titans) as the naive and pious Athelstan, Jessalyn Gilsig (Heroes) as enigmatic widow Siggy and Alexander Ludwig (The Hunger Games) as Ragnar’s son, Bjorn.
To be in with a chance of winning, »
- Laura Holmes
Out now in limited release and available on VOD, the horror comedy The Final Girls brings quite a comedic punch. When I talked with the team behind the film at SXSW you could see just how much they used their natural comedic timing for laughs. The film follows Max (Taissa Farmiga) who, along with a group of friends, get transported into the reality of an 80s horror slasher her recently deceased mother starred in. Together they must band together and figure out how to survive the murderous Billy who haunts the campgrounds.
For director Todd Strauss-Schulson, it’s a film that manages to be highly entertaining without overstaying its welcome too much. There is also a fun balance of zany effects that work well with some that are a bit more regrettable. In my SXSW review I mentioned, “For The Final Girls, a high-concept meta riff on the slasher horror films of the 80’s, »
- Bill Graham
Spoofaway Camp: Strauss-Schulson’s Playful Mash-up Takes a Tumble On You
Director Todd Strauss-Schulson, whose last feature was A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (2011) returns with The Final Girls, an entertaining surprise of sorts as a playful riff on early 80s slasher tropes as it borrows the cosmic charms at play in classic titles like Woody Allen’s The Purple Rose of Cairo (1984) and The Wizard of Oz (1939).
With a talented young cast and plenty of boisterous energy, Strauss-Schulson manages to instill a thread of sentimentality in this generally comedic feature, and ironically makes us care more for its characters than the films it pays homage to actually manage. Those looking for genre thrills will most likely be disappointed, and its eventual outcome is a bit too hoary despite its enjoyable cuteness from screenwriters M.A. Fortin and Joshua John Miller (the team who wrote Rose McGowan’s 2014 short film Dawn, »
- Nicholas Bell
I've been raving about The Final Girls for a while now and I'm excited for Daily Dead readers to see what all the buzz is about for themselves, now that the movie is out in theaters and available on VOD. To give you a little tease of what's to come, we've been provided with an exclusive clip that shows Taissa Farmiga and Malin Akerman squaring off against the movie's masked killer.
"When Max (Taissa Farmiga) and her friends reluctantly attend a anniversary screening of “Camp Bloodbath," the infamous ‘80s horror film that starred Max’s late mother (Malin Akerman), they are mysteriously sucked into the silver screen. They soon realize they are trapped inside the cult classic movie and must team up with the fictional and ill-fated camp counselors, including Max’s mom as the scream queen, to battle the film’s machete-wielding killer. With the body count rising in scene after iconic scene, »
- Jonathan James
The Final Girls Movie Clip. Todd Strauss-Schulson‘s The Final Girls (2015) movie clip entitled “Welcome to Camp” has been released. The The Final Girls movie clip features Thomas Middleditch, Nina Dobrev, Alia Shawkat, Adam DeVine, Alexander Ludwig, Angela Trimbur and Tory N. Thompson. Duncan (Thomas Middleditch) explains the time-continuum the group finds themselves in, and the consequences of it. The premise of this movie has […] »
- Marco Margaritoff
This week’s Fright At Home is going to be a jam packed one. Quite a few releases hit shelves and online stores today, so it’ll be a bit lengthy. Everything from sci-fi/action to straight up horror, and even some horror/comedy fare thrown in for good measure.
Our last F.A.H. post was a video one, and we’re testing out what format works best for you readers so please feel free to let us know if you prefer written or video rundowns of each week’s releases. Read on!
It’s Christmastime in New Orleans and children are mysteriously disappearing, stolen from their homes, taken off the street, dozens have vanished without a trace. Detective Harry Ganat and his partner Roy Cody have found a young girl in the home of a murdered swamper and she leads them to the den of her captors… »
- Jerry Smith
The Final Girls Stage 6 Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: C+ Director: Todd Strauss-Schulson Screenwriter: Josh Miller, Mark Fortin Cast: Taissa Farmiga, Malin Akerman, Alexander Ludwig, Nina Dobrev, Alia Shawkat Screened at: Review 1, NYC, 7/29/15 Opens: October 2015 In yet another film that both pays homage to slasher classics and satirizes them, director Todd Straus-Schulson finds a villain in Billy Murphy (Dan B. Norris), a camper who, like the Phantom of the Opera is injured severely enough to have to put a mask over his head, then seeks revenge not only against those who gave him third-degree burns but to everyone else he [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
October is finally upon us which means horror and sci-fi fans have a lot to be looking forward to, especially when it comes to the films hitting VOD this month as there numerous highly anticipated choices arriving on various platforms throughout the month, including Tales of Halloween, Deathgasm, Gravy, Knock Knock, The Final Girls, A Christmas Horror Story, Bone Tomahawk, and one of my own most anticipated films of 2015, Tokyo Tribe from visionary filmmaker Shion Sono.
Here’s a look at all the genre titles arriving on VOD this October!
A Christmas Horror Story (Rlj Entertainment) - October 2nd
Christmas is supposed to be a time of joy, peace and goodwill. But for some folks in the small town of Bailey Downs, it turns into something much less festive. When Krampus - the anti-Santa who punishes the naughty children - is summoned by a young boy, everyone’s fight for survival begins. »
- Heather Wixson
The calendar's creeping closer to the October 9th release of The Final Girls, and to help hold viewers over a little longer, a new poster has been released.
"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."
Directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson, The Final Girls stars Taissa Farmiga, Malin Akerman, Alexander Ludwig, Nina Dobrev, Alia Shawkat, Thomas Middleditch, and Adam Devine. The movie will be released to theaters and VOD on October 9th. Keep an eye out for theater listings, »
- Derek Anderson
Last month we saw the first trailer for the upcoming comedy-horror The Final Girls [watch it here], and now we have a poster to go with it…
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 back home before Billy kills them all.
The Final Girls is set for release on October 9th »
- Gary Collinson
★☆☆☆☆ Daniel Alfredson's appallingly bland backwoods drama Go With Me (2015) stars Anthony Hopkins as ex-logger Lester, who comes to the aid of harassed waitress Lillian (Julia Stiles). While Lester spends his evenings making garden ornaments in memory of his dead wife, Lillian is redecorating her dead mother's house. Trouble lurks in the hedgerows via stalker Blackway (Ray Liotta), who has already assaulted Lillian outside of her restaurant and decapitated her cat. The sheriff (Dale Wilson) proves worse than useless and suggests she go to find local Whizzer and ask for the help of his friend Scotty. Like a sneaky taxi driver the script takes us around the houses, rather than anywhere we want to go.
Whizzer (Hal Holbrook) doesn't know where his pal Scotty (Aaron Pearl) is but Lester, on an apparent whim, decides he will take up the mantle of Lillian's guardian angel. Not exactly moving with the lightning speed of an avenger, »
- CineVue UK
You can, to adjust a phrase, see the forest for the trees in “Go With Me” — if only because mist-shrouded woodland scenery is about the only distinguished feature of Daniel Alfredson’s turgid, tension-free revenge thriller. Adapting Castle Freeman Jr.’s slim, well-regarded novel into a film of equivalent brevity but markedly little momentum, this straightforward tale of three mismatched justice-seekers on the trail of a local logging-country psycho conceals any trace of artistry or wit in its paper-mill pulp. Given strangely little bluster by a muted, disengaged Anthony Hopkins — whose recent line in glazed ham would at least have livened up a gloomy exercise — “Go With Me” won’t find many auds to take up its eponymous invitation.
Alfredson made his name in 2009 with the second two films in the original Swedish adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s “Millennium” trilogy, seguing earlier this year into English-lingo filmmaking with the shaky Euro-thriller “Kidnapping Mr. Heineken, »
- Guy Lodge
Offbeat horror flick Final Girl is out to own this week following its UK premiere at FrightFest. Photographer Tyler Shields helms this unsettling and worryingly stylish thriller about a seemingly-innocent young woman (Abigail Breslin) turning the tables on a gang of debonair murderers (led by Alexander Ludwig).
Among these besuited beasts is The Perks Of Being A Wallflower star Reece Thompson, who plays baseball bat-wielding Mommy’s boy Nelson. I sat down with him for a chat about working with Shields, getting his take on what exactly was going on out there in the woods…
The film is kind of unique compared to today’s horror movies. How did you come to be involved?
I became involved because there was another actor that was actually in my role and then he couldn’t do it because he was on a show. They were scrambling looking for people at the last minute, »
- Steve Palace
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 boys who get their kicks hunting and killing women. Once she agrees to accompany them to a remote woodland location, »
- 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
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