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The Final Girls - DVD

The Final Girls - DVD

USA 2015 - mit Taissa Farmiga, Malin Akerman, Adam Devine, Nina Dobrev, Alia Shawkat, Thomas Middleditch ...

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Originaltitel:The Final Girls
Genre:Horror, Comedy
Regie:Todd Strauss-Schulson
Produktionsland:USA 2015
Laufzeit:Ca. 88 Min.
FSK:From 16 years
Anzahl der Disc:1
Sprachen:German, English, Italian, Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Untertitel:Deutsch, Englisch, Dänisch, Finnisch, Italienisch, Norwegisch, Polnisch, Spanisch, Schwedisch, Türkisch
Bildformat:16:9 (2.40:1)
Extras:Audio commentary, Cut and alternative scenes, Visual effects, Pre-Vis animation
Label:Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
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Film: Amanda Cartwright (Malin Akerman) was the great star of the Slasher movie in the 1980s. Her role in the classic "Camp Blutbad" has made her the Scream Queen icon of an entire generation. This is the anniversary of the death of the actress who died far too early in a car accident. Just on this day Amanda's daughter Max (Taissa Farmiga) is supposed to visit a demonstration of "Camp Blutbad". Although the pain is still deep, Max goes with her best friend Gertie (Alia Shawkat) and her swarm Chris (Alexander Ludwig) to the screening, where she experiences the first catastrophe, when the bitch Vicki (Nina Dobrev), Chris's ex, and the idiot Nerd Duncan (Thomas Middleditch) also appear there. But it only gets really bad when a fire breaks out during the performance in the cinema and the five flee behind the screen, only to find themselves suddenly in the middle of "Camp Blutbad". With their knowledge of the film, they want to save themselves from the nasty mask killer. And Max sees her chance to finally be with her mother again…

"The Final Girls" is a humorous homage to the slasher movies of the 80s, especially of course to "Friday, the 13th". Who knows the original, its various sequels and plagiarisms, will have a lot of fun here. Director Todd Strauss-Schulson plays with a lot of love for the genre and all the clichés, which he then varies in an amusing way or turns upside down. The fact that the young people who are transported into the film are fully aware of all these clichés and try with this knowledge to escape the - of course masked - killer and his various murder witnesses, makes for a very high entertainment value for connoisseurs of the genre.

Admittedly, in some places the potential of such a homage is not fully exploited. There are some jokes that are too shallow, while the kills are presented in a surprisingly reserved way. But not only in terms of bloodshed, also during sex Strauss-Schulson clearly switches back in comparison to the movies he satirizes here, which some genre fans might be bothered by. If you accept that this tongue-in-cheek slasher never runs the risk of getting an 18 release, you'll still have fun. The good actors, among them Taissa Farmiga ("American Horror Story"), Malin Ackerman, Adam Devine ("Pitch Perfect") and Nina Dobrev ("The Vampire Diaries") also contribute a lot to the success of the wonderfully absurd story.

Until the wonderful epilogue, which is in turn a clear bow to "Halloween II", this film sprays with original ideas, amusing allusions and black humorous slasher elements. Anyone who grew up with "Friday the 13th" and other "friends" simply can't get past this homage/parody. In spite of some small hangers a genre representative with cult potential, and there is a very clear one for it: Absolutely worth seeing!!

Picture + sound: The picture quality of the horror comedy can convince completely. The sharpness of the image is also at a very high level in the detail display. Only in very dark scenes do smaller losses in quality have to be accepted. The colour scheme is very atmospheric and changes from undercooled to extremely powerful depending on the mood - whereby red is particularly effective here. The sound is in a pleasantly lively Dolby Digital 5.1 mix, which transports the dialogues out of the speakers in a well understandable way and can otherwise convince with a few good surround effects as well as a proper mixing of the basses. Well!

Extras: There is a really worth listening audio commentary on the main film, which director Todd Strauss-Schulson has recorded with the two actors Thomas Middleditch and Taissa Famiga, as well as with production designer Katie Byron and cameraman Elie Smolkin. It's a very lively and enlightening commentary that interested viewers should definitely listen to. In addition there are some extended, remote and alternative scenes (also with optional audio commentary), including the original prologue and the original end (approx. 20:49 min.). The DVD also offers a look at five pre-visualization sequences (approx. 5:18 min.), the development of visual effects (approx. 2:27 min.) and notes by the director as a PDF file.

Fazit: "The Final Girls" is a wonderful homage to the 80's Slasher movie and at the same time a well done horror parody, which is a bit too tame especially for genre fans. The good-humoured actors and some very original ideas make up for this shortcoming. Those who liked films like the original "Friday the 13th" and all its imitators will have a lot of fun here. The DVD presents the film in good picture and sound quality. With the bonus material, it's worth listening to the lively audio commentary and taking a look at the edited scenes. Altogether there is a clear one for this: Recommended!

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