By: Sharoll Jackson
San Diego, CA (The Hollywood Times) 07/23/2016 – The Final Girls premieres an anniversary midnight screening at the Landmark Ken Theatre in San Diego following their panel at the Grand Horton Theatre earlier in the day during Comic-con 2016.
Occasionally, a story gem shoots across the theatrical screen and The Final Girls is that find with its roots at Comic-con. For audiences who relish great storytelling with heart, wrapped in comedic glue, and delivered in PG-13 horror movie violence that is very tame, but still makes you jump and yell at the screen, this is the film to see.
Director, Todd Strauss-Schulson, writers Joshua John Miller and M.A. Fortin, and cast members Taissa Farmiga, Malin Akerman, Alexander Ludwig, Nina Dobrev, Alia Shawkat, Adam Devine, Thomas Middleditch, Angela Trimbur, Chloe Bridges, Tory N. Thompson, Reginal Robinson, Lauren Gros, Dan B. Norris, Eric Michael Carney, Cory Hart, Jackie Tuttle, Dave Davis, Bryce Romero, and Steve French merged their talents to embrace the story of a young woman and her mom, and a journey through loss, grief, unity, and love that transcends time.
In an exclusive interview with Todd following a packed-theater, midnight screening with Comic-con attendees and cast, he was able to delve into the aspect that the camp setting is more than an isolated location – it is a place that lends its reality and existence as an interactive element in this journey, and it worked extremely well. Stylistically, the selected shots were spot on and placed the audience in the campy time period and seamlessly carried one through the story transitions. Resulting from Todd’s meticulous process and attention to detail, the perfect mix of humor and horror had an authentic teeter-totter effect and enhanced the roller coaster of emotions that viewers expected and experienced as the story unfolded. This accomplished film was shot in less than a month and with the breadth and width of the Comic-con attendees support, something greater than imagined is on the horizon. It’s a different way to explore relationships, comedy, loss, grief, unity, and love in a very entertaining manner.