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, 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. Taissa Farmiga stars as Max, with Malin Akerman playing her mother. Workaholics fans will be happy to see Adam DeVine as one of the fictional idiots inside the movie. The rest of the stealer cast is rounded out by fan favorite Nina Dobrev, Alexander Ludwig, Alia Shawkat, Chloe Bridges and Thomas Middleditch.
Todd Strauss-Schulson directs The Final Girls. he may be best remembered for the comedy sequel A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas. The horror-comedy mash-up is being called Last Action Hero meets Scream, though with its 80s slasher flick resting at the core of the story, it will also have quite a bit in common with the classic horror series Friday the 13th.
The Final Girls hit SXSW this year like a tsunami, and garnered plenty of critical buzz. Most reviews have been extremely positive, siting the movie for its smart horror elements, and the humor on display. But it has also been called out for its very human story. Some have even stated that it's almost too emotional, and drifts itself away from being a true horror movie. It certainly shakes things up, and sets a new standard for the genre. Take a look at the first trailer. What do you think? The Final Girls will be in theaters this October just in time for Halloween.