That’s Final (2017) [Horrible Imaginings Film Festival 2017]

Two women argue as to which of them will be the final girl when a masked killer is after them in their home.

Written by Christine Gatlin and David Raines and directed by John Freeman, this short takes the slasher genre and spins it on its head. The killer here is completely ridiculous but that’s the point, in part, as it’s not about the killer but about the three, then two, women running from him and how they discuss the situation and try to figure out which of them is to become the final girl. The discussion is witty and funny with a sense of humor that will appeal to fans of films like Scream and horror in general. The film’s short format really works to its advantage here as the “joke” is just long enough without overstaying its welcome. The film itself is thus quite entertaining, funny, and just a bit bloody.

The cast in this is led by writer Christine Gatlin and Jennifer Scibetta as the two potential final girls. Their chemistry is like a friendship with issues and it works for the film and its story. They give interesting performances that are good and feel like two friends or sibling arguing over who is better. Playing the killer is David Raines who is working here with a truly special mask and needed to adjust his acting so that some emotions would pass through that big giant, cuddly mask. He does good work imbuing the killer with some menace even with the ridiculous mask on.

The film’s cinematography by Robinawitz Demi is a bit dark, which unfortunately works against the film a bit. That being said, the action is still visible and the darkness is a bit of a stylistic choice, so it’s good that it is there throughout and is a steady choice. This slight darkness helps a bit with the special effects by Francia Cohen which are good but unfortunately not great. This does not mean they are not enjoyable, but to the pickier horror fan, this will show the film’s budget loud and clear.

That’s Final is a fun take on the slasher genre and its final girls done by people who are clearly fans of the sub-genre and have seen enough of them to be able to parody it with care and love, pointing out the ridiculous aspects without ridiculing the sub-genre itself.