The Final Girls (2015)

Hey! Remember when I watched Isn’t It Romantic?

This is the same director making the same movie, except instead of learning lessons from a romantic comedy, people are learning lessons from a slasher film.

After another failed audition, Max Cartwright’s mother Amanda (Malin Akerman) worries that she’ll only be known for appearing in the 1986 slasher favorite Camp Bloodbath. Sadly, she dies soon after in a car accident.

A few years later, at a double feature of the film and its sequel, a fire breaks out and Max (now Taissa Farmiga, the sister of Vera) and her friends escape by slicing the screen with a machete. They then enter the world of Camp Bloodbath, where they must escape Billy Murphy, the twisted serial killer who carries a not unlike Jason Vorhees machete.

There’s a great cast — Alia Shawkat from Arrested Development is in it, as well as Thomas Middleditch from Silicon Valley and Adam DeVine from Workaholics.

Writers M.A. Fortin and Joshua John Miller based the characters in this film on some of their favorite slasher films. Nancy (also played by Akerland) is inspired by Ginny from Friday the 13th Part 2 and her name comes from A Nightmare On Elm Street‘s Nancy Thompson. And Tina was based on P.J. Soles’ character Lynda van der Klok in Halloween and Jodi Draigie’s Morgan from The House on Sorority Row.

Perhaps even more interesting, Miller wrote this movie to deal with the death of his father Jason Miller, who starred as Father Karras in The Exorcist. And even cooler than that is that Joshua John Miller played Homer in Near Dark, Tim in River’s Edge and also showed up in Teen Witch.

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