Nina Dobrev and Taissa Farmiga have plenty of experience with the horror genre — Nina became a neck biter in The Vampire Diaries, and Taissa played a ghost and a witch in American Horror Story. Now the budding scream queens are teaming up to star in the comedy horror flick The Final Girls, but neither of them will have supernatural powers. Instead, they’ll have to rely on their knowledge of slasher film tropes to escape the bloody blade of a coldblooded killer.
MTV News recently shared the trailer for The Final Girls, and it looks like it could be the next Scream. It stars Taissa Farmiga as Max, the daughter of a deceased movie scream queen named Amanda (Malin Akerman). To pay homage to her mother, Max attends the screening of Camp Bloodbath, a 1980s slasher flick that Amanda starred in. Things get weird (and mega-meta) when fire engulfs the theater and Max and her friends (Nina Dobrev, Thomas Middleditch, Alexander Ludwig, and Alia Shawkat) find themselves trapped inside the movie.
Nina Dobrev isn’t the main character, but she does get to deliver one of the best lines of the trailer after deciding that she’s not going to let a Jason Voorhees wannabe end her screentime prematurely.
“I want chainsaws and big a** knives and I want them now!” Nina says in the video below.
Meanwhile, Workaholics star Adam Devine delivers a terrible line while portraying a piece of sex-crazed stalker bait who is just begging for a beheading.
The movie’s title is a play on a classic horror movie trope — the carnage can’t end until a “final girl” (think Alice Hardy from Friday the 13th) takes out the movie’s bloodthirsty big bad. Even though Max and her friends know the plot of Camp Bloodbath, the trailer makes it clear that their presence in the movie drastically changes things. The final girl who is supposed to save the day (Chloe Bridges) fails to survive long enough to fulfill her duties, so it’s up to the outsiders to take down the movie’s masked murderer.
During an interview with Collider, Nina Dobrev’s Final Girls castmates agreed that she would be the most likely to survive if they were actually stuck in a horror movie together. Nina described her character as a bit of a “b**ch,” but she says that mean girl Vicki gets things done.
While Nina might make a great scream queen, she’s not going to star in nothing but horror flicks now that she’s free to focus on her film career. At the Los Angeles screening of The Final Girls, Dobrev revealed that she’s looking forward to dipping her toes into many different genres.
“For now I’m going to try doing film and doing different kinds of roles maybe,” Dobrev said, according to Us Weekly. “Hopefully, an action, drama, period piece, anything that I haven’t done that I’m trying to tackle, for the challenge of it.”
You can check out Nina Dobrev’s foray into horror flicks when The Final Girls hits theaters on October 9, 2015.
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