There is no exact date yet, but The Final Girls is set for an October theatrical release. The film has received extremely positive reviews after it’s premier at SXSW festival, so it’s great to see it getting a cinema run.
Max is a high school senior who is mysteriously transported with her friends into a 1980s horror film that starred Max’s celebrated scream queen mother. 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.
The Final Girls is a spoof of the slasher genre and there have been plenty of others – such as the hilarious Tucker and Dale VS Evil – that prove this can be a successful and entertaining endeavour. There’s plenty of room for post-modern takes on genres and it’s impossible to escape them nowadays. Considering how so many horror films can be awful rehashes of what we’ve already seen and many sub-genres are being driven in to the ground and squeezed of all originality, perhaps tongue-in-cheek, comedic takes are the future.