The Final Girls (2015)

final girlsDirector: Todd Strauss-Schulson

Writer: M.A. Fortin, Joshua John Miller (Screenplay)

Starring: Taissa Farmiga, Nina Dobrev, Malin Akerman, Alia Shawkat, Chloe Bridges, Adam DeVine, Thomas Middleditch, Angela Trimbur, Cory Hart, Dave Davis, Bryce Romero

 

Plot: A young woman grieving the loss of her mother, a famous scream queen from the 1980s, finds herself pulled into the world of her mom’s most famous movie. Reunited, the women must fight off the film’s maniacal killer.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Brilliant Horror Comedy

 

Story: The Final Girls starts as Amanda Cartwright (Akerman) a famous slasher star from the 80s and now a single mother of Max (Farmiga) is struggle to find work in the modern era of cinema. But this is a horror film and we need a tragedy which is Amanda dying in a car crash.

Three years later Max is at college age struggling through when her step-brother Duncan (Middleditch) and her best friend Gertie (Shawkat) talk her into a special screening of her mother’s cult film Camp Bloodbath along with an old friend Vicki (Dobrev) who is the total diva. At the screening a freak fire leads the friends running for their lives only to find themselves inside the movie.

When the friends find they can be killed they must come up with a plan not only to survive but get out of the movie alive.friends

The Final Girls mixes the idea of horror and comedy perfectly to make this one of the best original ideas in recent years. The concept of having a film within a film works because we get to see how different the teenagers of two different generation clash. The idea of half the cast knowing where the film will go but try to change it gives the film a time travel element too. The fact this has a comic tone it also manages to have a serious tone. This is an original story that really works well making this one that is very enjoyable.

 

Actor Review

 

Taissa Farmiga: Max Cartwright is the daughter of a former scream queen, after her mother dies she finds herself alone in the world. After getting talked into a screening of her mother’s cult film she finds herself inside the movie getting to spend time with her mother and potentially change her career while trying to save her friends. Taissa is good in this leading role.

Nina Dobrev: Vicki is the diva of the friends, she used to be best friends with Max but the two had become distant. She is the bitchy friend which she understands would make her one of the easy victims in the film. Nina is good in this role where she is perfect fit for the role.

Malin Akerman: Amanda Cartwright/Nancy, Amanda is the mother of Max who died early on Nancy is the character in Camp Bloodbath that Max gets to spend time with as they try to change the script. Malin does a good job in this role where she does take dual roles.

Alexander Ludwig: Chris is the guy that has the hots for Max, he comes off very nervous but supportive to Max. his ex-girlfriend is Vicki turns up at the screening. He gets stuck in the movie too where he must help to protect the girls. Alexander is good in this role fitting the leading male character.  

Support CastThe Final Girls has the supporting cast you would expect to see in this style of film which all work out brilliant with Angela Trimbur and Adam Devine stealing nearly every single scene.

Director Review: Todd Strauss-SchulsonTodd gives us a horror comedy that comes off original while paying the respect to the 80s movies.

 

Comedy: The Final Girls is filled with laughs poking plenty of fun at the genre without being a parody.

Horror: The Final Girls pays respect to the horror side of the story without being scary.

Settings: The Final Girls puts most of the film in the camping grounds and is trapped in the area with a different idea because instead of being isolated we get the trapped idea.
Special Effects
: The Final Girls has great effects used through the film when needed be it with the kills or change between era.

Suggestion: The Final Girls is one that all horror fans should watch, this is one of the most original ideas in film. (Horror Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Tina is hilarious.

Worst Part: Nothing too much.

Funniest Scene: Tina trying to escape.

 

Believability:  No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Hopefully.

Post Credits Scene: Bloopers.

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 28 Minutes

 

Overall: Brilliant horror comedy with laughs around every corner.

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Forget Me Not (2009)

logoDirector: Tyler Oliver

Writer: Jamieson Stern, Tyler Oliver (Screenplay)

Starring: Carly Schroeder, Cody Linley, Micah Alberti, Brie Gabrielle, Jillian Murray, Zachary Abel, Sean Wing, Chloe Bridges, Brittany Renee Finamore

 

Plot: It’s graduation weekend, and Sandy Channing, the popular class president of her small-town high school, should be enjoying the time of her life. But when her friends start disappearing, Sandy discovers they have unwittingly awakened the vengeful spirit of a girl they wronged long ago. Fighting for her sanity, Sandy must unlock a dark secret from her own past before it’s too late.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Forgot This Quick

 

Story: Forget Me Not starts like all good horror films with a screaming victim running from something not getting any help, leading her to return home not knowing what has happened. We fast forward a couple of years (they didn’t say how many) and meet our protagonist Sandy (Schroeder) along with watching a girl who is in a coma. We also meet the generic random group of friends who all act close and are just up for partying.

The group of introduced friends and Sandy recount a game they once played in the graveyard when they were younger and decide to go to the fore mentioned graveyard to play the game drunk. They are joined by a mysterious girl to play a game where they run around the graveyard until they are found or risk becoming a ghost. Yeah this sounds mad to me too. The game leads to Sandy witnessing the mystery girl jumping off a cliff before rewinding to a younger time when Sandy used to play with another friend. After that night the friends start getting picked off by the mysterious girl and for each friend that gets killed off the memory of that person is lost by everyone but Sandy.

Forget Me Not does turn the slasher film on its head with certain ideas, mainly the fact only one member of the group knows the people who have been getting picked off. The unoriginal side to the story comes with the ways the characters get picked off and the over use of drugs, drink and sex. I have said it before not every teenager does drugs, is hyped up on sex and drink drives. Once you get through the many slasher side to the story we end up getting a mystery ghost story that works out nicely without shinning because it happens to late in the film because they waste too much time with the slasher side of it. (4/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Carly Schroeder: Sandy our leading lady who keeps seeing her friends vanish from the memories of the rest of the group and she has to figure out herself what is going on before losing everyone she knows. Carly really shouldn’t be a leading lady. (3/10)

 

Support Cast: Forget Me Not has the complete generic supporting cast who are all easy to tell a part with their clear motives and are all disposable. I would look at more of the performance but they are all quite bad and the characters all make the typical stupid horror decisions.

 

Director Review: Tyler Oliver – He does try to combine the two different genre of horror but it sometimes gets pulled down by the other. (5/10)

 

Horror: Forget Me Not because this film tries to combine the two genres the suspense never gets built up for solid scares, but the creation do come off freaky. (6/10)

Thriller: Forget Me Not as you don’t really care who lives or who dies you are left to not worry too much about who is next but you do want to know why. (7/10)

Settings: Forget Me Not doesn’t create any settings that stick around long enough to be effective to the story. (4/10)
Special Effects
: Forget Me Not the creation of what the dead turn into is quite freaky which makes the only solid quality in the film. (7/10)

Suggestion: Forget Me Not is one for the late night TV fans out there, it doesn’t have enough to suggest a must watch. (Late Night TV)

 

Best Part: Creations of the dead.

Worst Part: Most of the acting.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $1.3 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 43 Minutes

Tagline: Some friendships never die

 

Overall: Generic Characters in Over Ambitious Story

Rating 50