Soundtrack Review: The Final Girls

Soundtrack Review: The Final Girls

The Final Girls Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score The Final Girls by Gregory Jenkins.

At a glance:

Geek Score: 86.4
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 18.2
Album Excellence: 31.4%

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The Final Girls is a 2015 American horror slasher comedy directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson and starring Taissa Farmiga, Malin Åkerman and Nina Dobrev. When Max (Taissa Farmiga) and her friends reluctantly attend a tribute screening of an infamous ’80s slasher film that starred Max’s late mother (Malin Akerman), they are accidentally sucked into the silver screen. They soon realize they are trapped inside the cult classic movie and must team up with the fictional and ill-fated “Camp Bloodbath” counselors, including Max’s mom as the shy scream queen, to battle the film’s machete-wielding, masked killer. With the body count rising in scene after iconic scene, who will be THE FINAL GIRLS left standing and live to escape this film? The score is composed by Gregory Jenkins.

It’s weird, I just watched this a couple of weeks ago and I thought to myself that this score would be interesting to listen to on it’s own. I love the 80s and the horror slasher genre is so fun, specially from that era. and suddenly the score is announced and I have it. How awesome is that! The score opens with ‘Camp Bloodbath Trailer’ which is the coolest. It’s a fictional trailer music for a fictional film inside a fictional film. It’s fun how they have that “Ka ka ka Chi chi chi” sound from the Friday The 13th films. ‘You Wouldn’t Catch Me Dead In A Horror Film’ is more of a comedic pseudo 80s surf shack type cue. Does that make sense? No? Good. This is a comedy after all, granted with some gory slasher fun, but I expect to hear a few more comedic cues in the score. I just hope it won’t be the focus of it

It is a score that will be proper fun when the 80s sequences start, but before that there’s minimalistic and beautiful cues like ‘Wakeup’ and ‘Oogling’s A Word Right’. The theatre fire scene was dramatic, but I don’t remember the music being as immersive as ‘Theatre Fire’. It’s creepy and it’s different. Varied and weird. The 80s sequences starts proper with ‘92 Minutes Later’ when they arrive inside the film and weird things start happening. This one isn’t the best though, but it’s oddly addictive. This scores doesn’t quite live up to my expectations of it though because although there are hints here and there of this wonderful score I had in mind, the music keeps shifting, and not in the direction I wanted. There are so many great signs (and sequences) like ‘Puttin’ It Together’ that really makes me angry there isn’t a lot more of those. Still, I can’t complain too much. This score had me excited a lot of times and the anticipation of going to the next cue not know what exactly to expect was a great feeling. Still, this didn’t quite blow me away, although the last couple of cues, particularly ‘My So Called Credits’ has some 80s love, so make sure you check that out.

1. Camp Bloodbath Trailer
3. Wakeup
4. Oogling’s A Word Right
10. Paula
16. Puttin’ It Together
17. Depressed Dock Girls
18. Come Home With Me
24. The Final Girl
27. Geoff’s Jam
28. My So Called Credits *

GD Star Rating
Soundtrack Review: The Final Girls, 8.0 out of 10 based on 5 ratings


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