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Movie Chat: The Final Girls

This post movie review is courtesy of Aidee Ladnier. I don’t remember hearing about this movie, but after reading the review I want to rent it!   Aidee also shares information on her interesting looking novel Moonlight Market.

2015

final-girls

 

Synopsis: A young woman grieving the loss of her mother, a famous scream queen from the 1980s, finds herself pulled into the world of her mom’s most famous movie. Reunited, the women must fight off the film’s maniacal killer.

Review by Aidee Ladnier:

First off, I want to alert you that this is the only (THE ONLY) slasher flick that has ever made me cry. Although it has all the cheesy trappings of 80s gore-fests, at its beating bloody heart, this is a story about a mother and a daughter.

The movie starts with a flashback: the main protagonist, Max, accompanies her mother to an audition which doesn’t go well because her mother is typecast as a scream queen due to an iconic 80s horror film. On the drive home, their car is struck by another vehicle and her mother dies. Cut to the present and Max is now in college and being harassed by her best friend’s brother to come to a tribute showing of “Camp Bloodbath”, the film that both made her mother famous and dogged her career. When a freak accident occurs inside the theater, Max and her friends find themselves sucked into the actual “Camp Bloodbath” movie where she comes face to face with…her mother’s character. It’s a poignant moment spoiled only by the fact that a crazy ex-camper is on the loose killing everyone.

The raw emotion of Max’s grief, her friends’ support, and the group’s mounting terror as they face a very real killer are amazing in this movie. It’s billed as a comedy and has tons of laugh out loud moments, from one of Max’s friends trying to get a selfie with the killer, to the group’s reaction to a movie flashback, and their repeated attempts to keep clothing on the counselors because the bad guy always shows up when boobs are exposed.

The movie is both a love letter to the slasher films of the 80s and a work with real depth. While playing the scares for laughs (as well as executing them beautifully), the movie digs deep into the nature of relationships, sacrifice, and moving on. It is easily one of my favorite horror movies of all time.

This movie was purchased by the author and no remuneration was involved in the writing of this review.

moonlight

Blurb:

College senior Cory Long tracked his missing sister to the magical Moonlight Market to bring her home. Instead, he found a disorienting world of performers and hawkers, bizarre sights and sounds, and one very familiar showman, Sanderson Beets. Like a drowning man, he latched onto Sanderson, trusting him to navigate the twists and turns of the Market as unerringly as he had steered Cory to passion in their furtive trysts on campus.

But Sanderson was tired of being the quickie in the alley.

Sanderson Beets had escaped the Moonlight Market to attend college, hoping to settle into a normal life, maybe meet someone and fall in love. To obtain that new life he made a dangerous bargain. And when the sinister woman known as the Weaver of Dreams is involved, second chances always come with strings attached…and sacrifices. Sanderson’s debt has come due, and the only payment he has to offer is Cory, and their chance at a relationship.

Excerpt:

He almost ignored it.

Almost.

Tiny bells tinkled nearby.

They sounded closer.

His skin tightened with goose bumps.

Niari glided into the pool of light cast by the lantern hanging on the back of the tent. Her long, inky dress brushed the bells on her ankles and pulled the shadows forward with her.

“Your debt is coming due.” Her trilling, accented voice floated over the noise from the fairway beyond. In front of the tent children giggled and laughed, the calliope blared out its joyous concert, and the lanterns burned away the darkness. But Sanderson stood in the shadows behind…with her.

Sweat coated his palm, and it slipped from the curtain. He swiped at the bead of perspiration on his upper lip, the pit of his stomach icing into a lump.

“I found someone.” He blurted out the words. “A lost soul. Someone who’s lost something.”

Panic bloomed in Sanderson’s chest. Was he actually going to offer Cory to the Weaver? Cory who just wanted to find his missing sister. Cory of the soft hair. Who made Sanderson feel normal. Like a regular guy.

“Good.” Her smile widened, filled with too many tiny teeth that gleamed bright in the lantern light. “Are they tasty and ripe?”

“Madame?” Sanderson’s gut twisted at the hard glitter in her eyes. A chill crept down his spine. She looked…hungry.

He blinked. Niari stood before him, still and silent, waiting, just a woman again. The malevolent flash must have been a trick of the dim light. He shrugged off the unease and shook the numbness from his fingers.

Buy Links:

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aidee

Aidee Ladnier, an award-winning author of speculative fiction, began writing at twelve years old but took a hiatus to be a magician’s assistant, ride in hot air balloons, produce independent movies, collect interesting shoes, fold origami, send ping pong balls into space, and amass a secret file with the CIA. A lover of genre fiction, it has been a lifelong dream of Aidee’s to write both romance and erotica with a little science fiction, fantasy, mystery, or the paranormal thrown in to add a zing.

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