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Countdown to #TIFF15 – Spotlight on “The Final Girls” by Gregmo Roberts

The 2015 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is just days away from rolling out the red carpet on over 350 movies from around the world while welcoming a horde of over 200 celebrities to the city including Johnny Depp, Julianne Moore, Tom Hardy, Matt Damon, Eddie Redmayne, Susan Sarandon, Jake Gyllenhaal and Idris Elba.  The 2015 edition looks to build upon 2014’s Fest which included 5,084 delegates, 287 speakers, 2,004 buyers which ate up 65 films that were showcased in the city.   

Over the next few days we will take time to spotlight some of the films on the Festival’s schedule further whetting the appetite for screenings big and small.  Intestinal Fortitude will be on hand for no less than 20 of the films featured so be sure to check back daily to see our reviews and thoughts on the Festival as it progresses.  

Today’s Spotlight: The Final Girls

There are no shortage of horror/thriller films to be released between now and the end of the year.  But no horror film is as high on my must-see list than Todd Strauss-Schulson’s The Final Girls.  

You might not have pegged Stauss-Schulson – director of A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas – as being someone who might have a feature film submitted in the Midnight Madness series of the Toronto International Film Festival.  But if the trailer shows us anything it’s that The Final Girls will be a thriller/comedy with a horror backdrop.  And the trailer looks amazing.  

The synopsis of The Final Girls is outlined by thusly, “A young woman grieving the loss of her mother, a famous scream queen from the 1980s, finds herself pulled into the world of her mom’s most famous movie. Reunited, the women must fight off the film’s maniacal killer.”

Sure, it sounds a bit like The Last Action Hero crossed with Friday the 13th, but hell, that could be fun!  And the cast are no bunch of slouches either.  Taissa Farmiga from American Horror Story plays our central hero, Max.  And she is joined by Malin Akerman (Watchmen), Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development) Nina Dobrev (The Vampire Diaries) and Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley).  

Clips from the film make The Final Girls look to be this year’s Tucker and Dale vs. Evil and if it can keep up the same momentum of gore and comedy for 90-minutes then The Final Girls should be the home run some of us suspect.

The Final Girls plays at midnight on September 19th at Ryerson and again on September 20th at the Scotiabank Theatre.


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