In 1996 Wes Craven gave us one of the greatest horror satires of all time with Scream. It was hip and scary and filled with big names. Scream helped shape my formative years, giving me a real appreciation for the genre.
In the years since we’ve had a slew of horror/comedies hit theaters – some of them done well, others down right terrible. It’s a slippery slope of quality for sure. The first Scary Movie actually spoofed Scream, which was odd since Scream was already spoofing the genre in a sense, and it was a huge hit. Then the Scary Movie sequels came out, and while they made some money, it’s like the Multiplicity rule – a copy of a copy of a copy really starts to lose what made the original great.
The Wayan’s Haunted House movies seemed to follow that trend, but over the years we got some decent installments to the list – the underrated (and often disliked) Club Dread, and Tucker and Dale vs Evil both delivered in a slightly less slapstick manner, staying a little closer to the inspiration. Then a couple years ago Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard gave us The Cabin in the Woods, which was the closest we’d been to Craven’s satire since 1996.
Now, if the reviews out of SXSW are to believed, there’s been another worthy addition to the canon; The Final Girls. Sporting a cast compiled from some of the best shows on television right now, The Final Girls shows us what would happen if some horror fans were sucked into an ’80s style slasher film, and just how much of a chance they would have at survival. Check out the trailer;
So if you didn’t recognize anyone (I’m guessing you don’t watch much TV), it features Taissa Farmiga (American Horror Story), Alexander Ludwig (Vikings), Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development), Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley), and Workaholics‘ Adam DeVine. And while I’ve never seen The Vampire Diaries, people seem to like Nina Dobrev. And Angela Trimbur has actaully appeared in both Workaholics and Silicon Valley, not to mention Rob Zombie’s Hallowen II. Cap all that off with Malin Akerman (Watchmen, Childrens Hospital) and you have what seems to be a very likable cast.
The movie, which premiered at SXSW, is out today in theaters and on VOD. I’ll be checking it out as soon as I can.
You’re in the right place for horror as we are just getting into this year’s Countdown to Halloween, and to properly prepare for this movie be sure to check out Our 15 Favorite Scream Queens. Finally, did you hear the news about a Tucker & Dale vs Evil Sequel?
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