The Final Girls (2015) – Short Review

Here comes the era where campy horror-slashers from the 80s are stripped off and reassembled as a full-homage modern meta-horror to please aficionados. The Final Girls is one example, which re-introduces such formula and turns it into a joyride to spoof summer camp horror a la Friday the 13th in a Last Action Hero way.

Max (Taissa Farmiga) is a daughter of a late 80s scream queen (portrayed by Malin Akerman) known for a cult summer camp bonanza Camp Bloodbath. Upon the special anniversary screening of the movie, a fire breaks. To escape the catastrophe, Max and her friends rip the screen only to find themselves reverse-breaking the fourth wall and getting trapped in the movie. 

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The Final Girls defies the genre-cliché and lives up its exhilarating premise then, surprisingly, hits the right spots with likable characters. Although the story itself isn’t a hundred percent original, it pays respectful homages to similar movies it ripped off by “correcting” the cliché into some playful, gonzo parody (not in a way Scary Movie ruins horror) and adds a sensitive drama.

While occasionally having trouble with continuity and consistency (in terms of obeying its own on-screen rules) as well as PG-13 rating (which is kinda crazy for a campy slasher flick), The Final Girls really saves its “final girls” for a real, heart wrenching drama of mother-daughter love loss and grief, which kinda make the whole story alive.

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The Final Girls (2015)

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Horror, Thriller, Comedy Directed by: Todd Strauss-Schulson Written by: M.A. Fortin, Joshua John Miller Starred by:  Taissa Farmiga, Malin Akerman, Adam DeVine Runtime: 88 mins Rated PG – 13

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Tibalah era di mana film-film horror slasher 80-an ditelanjangi dan dirakit ulang menjadi meta-horror modern penuh homage—yang tentunya membahagiakan para pecinta horror. The Final Girl adalah contohnya—memakai formula tersebut dalam sebuah joyride yang men-spoof film summer camp a la Friday the 13th dengan gaya Last Action Hero.

Max (Taissa Farmiga) adalah putri mendiang scream queen terkenal dekade 80-an (diperankan oleh Malin Akerman). Dalam perayaan anniversary film ibunya, Camp Bloodbath, kebakaran terjadi. Untuk menyelamatkan diri, Max dkk merobek layar bioskop. Alih-alih selamat, mereka malah menembus tembok keempat dari sisi yang lain dan masuk ke dalam film slasher itu.

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The Final Girls memutarbalikkan genre-cliche khas slasher 80-an untuk memenuhi premisnya yang super gila. Surprisingly, yang dilakukan The Final Girls nampak sangat mulus apalagi dengan karakter-karakternya yang menyenangkan.

Meskipun ceritanya tidak 100% orisinal, film ini tampil meyakinkan dalam menghadirkan homage sekaligus “mengkoreksi” berbagai macam klise dengan parodi yang gila-gilaan (tapi tidak seperti Scary Movie yang malah merusak reputasi film lain) ditambah dengan drama yang menyentuh.

Meskipun bermasalah dengan kontinuitas dan konsistensi serta rating PG-13 (untuk film slasher? hello?), The Final Girls benar menyimpan final girls-nya untuk menghadirkan drama ibu-anak yang nyata, yang mampu membuat film ini lebih hidup.

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The Final Girls review is written by Paskalis Damar. Review film The Final Girls ini diterjemahkan ke dalam Bahasa Indonesia oleh Paskalis Damar.


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17 thoughts on “The Final Girls (2015) – Short Review”

  1. Ini film benar2 hebat, karena untuk pertama kalinya dalam pengalamanku nonton film bantai-membantai, aku merasa peduli ama para korban. Mungkin karena drama ibu-anak yg benar2 menyentuh dan karakter2nya yg menyenangkan.

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    1. Thanks, Thomas! I used to review books as well—the ones which get adapted into movies, but I got overwhelmed cause it’s time-consuming (more than doing movies). I plan to do it again, but not before I meet a co-blogger.

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      1. Ah, I see. I’ve been blogging the opening pages to my 150 pg. psychological thriller on my site, if it’s something you would consider reviewing I’d be honored to send it over.

        I agree about books eating up too much time – last trip to the airport I paid twelve dollars for a bestseller. I forced myself to get through the first 200 pages, but no amount of determination could bring me to waste the time needed to fight through another 500!

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  2. Absolutely!

    I don’t mind sending you the manuscript so can browse it over before deciding whether you’d like to review it. I won’t be upset if you choose not to; I understand you’re a movie reviewer plus I already have a few reviews lined up.

    You can leave me your email in the comment box, or just hit me up at: Thomaswatt27@yahoo.com

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