TIFF Day Ten: The Late Edition
1) The Final Girls (Todd Strauss-Schulso)
Fifteen minutes in, I hated this film. By the end, it was one of the most fun films I had seen at TIFF. Everything that didn’t work in the beginning — the bad acting, the horrendous CGI, the obvious screenplay, Malin Akerman — went to great use later. This film follows a group of young people at a slasher film viewing who (inexplicably) end up in the film. The film within a film world repeats every 92 minutes, contains direct connections between time and space and follows horror rules very closely. However, this film’s strong point is not its parodic take on the well traveled topic of slasher rules; this film’s strong point is the way that it plays around with paratextual elements of cinema, whether it’s credits, ratings or indicators of time and place in a flashback. Occasionally, the film goes past its comfort zone, but overall, you will not regret watching it.