Review – The Final Girl by Brandon Ford


The Colonial Theater, a single-screen movie house on the edge of town, is holding a special midnight screening of a brand new splatter flick. But before the opening titles make it to the screen, the popcorn-laden aisles run red with blood as a masked killer begins slaughtering the moviegoers with the aid of a spiked meat tenderizer.

Among those filling the torn seats: a movie blogger in search of fodder to appease his limited readers, a victim of a recent betrayal who’ll do just about anything for an escape from a home she no longer feels welcome, a fugitive on the lam looking for sanctuary from the city streets, and a pair of post-adolescent twins who’ve managed to creep into the theater unseen.

I’ve reviewed a couple of works by Brandon Ford already (here & here) so when it came time to dig into The Final Girl, I had a good feeling about it.  Being a part of a horror community, as well as loving old cult flicks, this story centering around a remake of a cult flick piqued my interest from the start.  The narrative centers around a collection of unrelated characters drawn to an aging theater that is playing a special showing of a remake of an old cult slasher movie called ‘Bloodletting’. We jump from one set of characters to another and get to know them as they are heading to the Colonial Theater. As usual Ford does a fantastic job of giving us characters we want to see through until the end.  Or in this case see if they are still standing at the end. You have characters in desperate straits, the normal people just getting through their day, the tragic, and the horny. Will they get to the movie? Will they survive the movie?  Will the popcorn be overpriced?

‘Bloodletting’ being a slasher flick showing in an old and mostly forgotten theater, you can expect there to be some blood.  Oh yes, there is blood.  While not so much a gore fest, it is a bloody tale and gives us the same amount of thrill and excitement that any good movie of the genre would. And like usual, you start taking bets on who gets it, and when. The pacing is right and the action is in all the right spots. I thoroughly enjoyed The Final Girl and definitely recommend it.

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