The Final Girls
One of my absolute favorite films of 2015 arrives on Blu-ray and it is a definite must for fans of smart comedy and '80s slasher films. The story revolves around a girl named Max (Taissa Farmiga) whose recently deceased mother (Malin Akerman) was one of the stars of a cult '80s horror film called "Camp Bloodbath." On the anniversary of her death, a friend of Max's asks her to make an appearance at a film festival honoring the franchise. But a tragic accident occurs which catapults Max and her friends into the film itself. There, they have to figure out how to get "home" by fighting a killer that is now all too real, not to mention a number of filmmaking tropes that keep tripping them up.
The film is relentlessly clever in its send up of both the genre and movie-making, but it also is surprisingly emotional. It helps to have a game cast of terrific and well-known actors (Nina Dobrev, Alia Shawkat), but the writers have done something fairly rare in horror and comedy; they've given us characters to actually root for and an emotional arc that is well-earned. Amidst the horror, there is a moving story here which just makes this brilliant little film even more spectacular. It's also rated PG-13 which makes it safe for a wider audience. (It's nice that the filmmakers didn't feel like being gory was a necessity to make a smart, fun, horror film.)
Special features include two alternate endings (fascinating, but they chose the best one) and deleted and extended scenes, both with optional director's commentary. There is also a Cast & Crew and Writer's full-length commentary to give you better insight into the film. In addition, there are featurettes on Previsualization and the Progression of Visual Effects, as well as a bonus of the Director's Production Notes.
Whether the special features are of interest to you or not, this is a definite future classic and an easy movie to repeat with your friends. (I've seen it three times already in less than a month.)
"The Final Girls"