Sally Hardesty. Laurie Strode. Alice Hardy. Nancy Thompson. Buffy Summers. Sydney Pescott. Taylor Gentry.
I love the trope (and the myth) of The Final Girl in horror.
I like the idea of a movie (or series) that plays with it.
Tyler Shields’ directorial debut is called Final Girl, and this is one of its trailers:
Lets start from the beginning: having the director introduce the trailer might be cute. It also might be presumptive as all fuck, since the most infamous example of this would be Hitchcock’s brilliant trailer for Psycho.
Shields is a former pro-skater (inline), and a photographer best known for violence juxtaposed with sexuality.
The trailer itself seems to be full of intended irony- the use of the William Tell Overture over the flashes of imagery tells us nothing, but detach us from the movie.
The movie stars Abigail Breslin, Wes Bentley, and Alexander Ludwig.
I kind of hate this trailer.
And then there is this trailer- far less self-congratulatory and douchey.
Er, be warned I suppose: the entire fucking plot including (all? some? most?) plot twists are given in this trailer.
From too little information, we now have too much.
I love- I sincerely love- the idea that the Prey becomes Predator. But I feel like this trailer doesn’t just put its cards on the table, it pulls all the cheats out of its sleeve and parades them around with a Bronx Cheer. The tables turn- great, love it. But show me all if it? Show me the protagonist’s entire fucking history before you even give me the plot? Goddamn, Tyler Shields.
Oh, and the THREE men who were needed to come up with the story. Seriously? Did one come up with “girl” one come up with “psycho entitled rich boys” (presumably by looking around the room) and one come up with “Uh, training! Like Buffy!” while Tyler Shields got super excited about how the sets should be SO fake looking, and the lighting SO hyper-realistic.
Now that I rewatch it, this trailer looks like this movie is trying to edge out the entire oeuvre of Eli Roth to make Tyler Shields the king of douche-horror mountain. Even his name screams of blase douchebaggery: Tyler Shields.
At least Roth is a smart filmmaker. Say what you will, he can shoot, he can edit, and he knows what he is doing behind the camera; he’s just an entitled douchebag who makes movies about entitled douchebags.
We’ll see about your abilities, Tyler Shields.