The Final Girls follows the story of a young woman named Max (Taissa Farminga). Her mother (Malin Akerman) was an actress, famous for playing a supporting role in a now cult-classic horror movie. On the anniversary of her death, Max is invited to attend a public screening of this movie, titled 'Camp Bloodbath.' Halfway through the film, a fire breaks out. Max and her friends make their way to the exit behind the screen, but once they walk through, Max and co end up inside the film. They're forced to live it through until the final credits role, where they hope they'll be transported back to the real world. But with serial killer Billy Murphy (Dan B. Norris) on the loose, anything goes.
On top of being rather funny, the film is also quite creative, turning horror clichés into memorable sequences. Title sequences, voice over, flash backs, slow motion and so much more are transformed from being these eye-rolling moments to energetic, visually aesthetic and just damn good moments. When one of the characters recounts the origin of the film's antagonist, black and white liquid drops from the ceiling, teleporting our main cast members back in time, and it's fucking brilliant.
That being said, outside of those two characters, not everyone is awfully likeable, and it doesn't help if some of the performances are annoyingly over the top. There's three other characters that spring to mind in terms of likability, but everyone else just got on my nerves from time to time. You don't care if they die or not. In fact, I honestly hoped some of them would. They're annoying and their jokes fall flat, but most of them served a purpose, or at least helped to further make fun of its own genre. On a side note though, the most likeable and hilarious character in this whole movie is the one they kill off first.... great.
To sum up, The Final Girls is a fun and original film that has a few clichés, but uses its clichés to make something bouncy and energetic. It's no Scream, but it's fun in its own right.