[Editor's Note: Kathryn Morris from The Horror Honeys shares her impressions of The Final Girls from its recent SXSW screening]
Kicking off the Midnighters series at SXSW 2015 was a film that I'd heard only a little bit about in the months leading up to the festival. Honesty first: the plot summary was setting me up for a film that I wasn't excited to see. I had seen it before, done often, and done badly, in film after film. I was tired of meta posturing and homages... Coming off of a very long day of travel, I wasn't in the most charitable of moods when I sat down for the screening.
Director Todd Strauss-Schulson introduced the film to thunderous applause and hoots from the audience. He was nervous, but honored and excited to be showing his film: "It was a hard movie to make... there were parts where I was too ambitious..." Ambition is something that indie directors stumble over many times in their careers, sometimes the stumble makes them pick up speed, and sometimes it's a straight shot downhill.
To set the mood of the crowd, it was an 11:30pm screening, the ONLY screening for the film, and the lineup stretched for blocks from the theatre. People were extremely enthusiastic... maybe a little too extreme, as the opening SXSW mini bumper made more than a few people scream with its easy jump scare. My expectations were officially set at a very firm low level.
I'm not usually a willing passenger on the Meta Train, but about 15 minutes into The Final Girls, I forgot that I hadn't slept in 24 hours and hadn't eaten anything substantial for about the same about of time. Read More