This slapstick comedy isn’t afraid to get dramatic to get its point across, but 95% of it is delirious. It is fascinating and hysterical. It’s a spoof of Friday the 13th, first and foremost, but it’s also about a cyclic time loop, it’s meta, and it’s an unusual time travel movie. It’s also claustrocore in its own way. Every second of this gem is fascinating and unprecedented.
The characters are a likable bunch, even the ones in the film within the film. They get our imaginations running wild. Adam Devine and Angela Trimbur are hilarious as the two dumbest 80’s slasher flick stereotypes a writer could possibly come up with. The way the two realities merge is far-fetched, but it’s better to roll with it, considering where the script takes us if we suspend our disbelief.
Billy Murphy’s design is as close as possible to Jason Voorhees’, and it’s impressive how much the creators got away with. In this film, the killer comes second. The Final Girls is all about the survivors. This production nears perfection. The dialogue is right out of a stand-up comedian’s mouth. Everything in the script feels calculated. This is an ode to horror movie fans.