As horror comedies go, this one sadly winds up somewhere between Scary Movie 4 and 5.
"The Final Girls" is never once scary, the effects are schlocky, and the action/fight scenes are confusing, especially one that takes place in a dark shack where it is impossible to tell what is happening.
The Final Girls is all smiles and winks, but lacks the blood to make its horror satire pulse.
A playful deconstruction of the slasher film that ultimately packs a surprisingly affecting punch.
A horror comedy that proves that with the right actors you can make an amusing movie even if a lot of your ideas are borrowed.
The gender commentary is still on point, and The Final Girls successfully disembowels its target trope. But it works better as film criticism than it does as a film.
Clever, creative and emotionally satisfying, "The Final Girls" is a horror-comedy and popcorn movie that keeps its original premise fresh all the way to a delightful, surprise ending.
Todd Strauss-Schulson's meta send-up of '80s sex-equals-death slasher movies keeps its goofy good humor throughout, and tosses in a little almost-genuine feeling into the mix for good measure.
Above all else, "The Final Girls" is broad and affectionate in its mockery, making fun of the frequent association between sex and murder in movies of this ilk and other easy targets.