Movie set within ’80s summer camp slasher debuts at SXSW

A movie about a group of teenagers who get transported into an ’80s summer camp slasher starring the main character’s late mother made its debut this week at SXSW in Austin.

The movie, The Final Girls, has a cast full of familiar faces like Malin Åkerman, who plays the star of the movie within a movie called Camp Bloodbath alongside Adam DeVine (Workaholics). Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley), Alia Shawcat (Arrested Development) and Taissa Farmiga (American Horror Story) play members of group that gets transported into Camp Bloodbath.

The official description:

Max (Farmiga), a high school senior, is mysteriously transported with her friends into a 1980s horror film that starred Max’s mother (Åkerman), a celebrated scream queen. Trapped inside the movie, Max finds herself reunited with her mom, who she lost in real life. Together with Max’s friends, they must fend off the camp counselors’ raging hormones, battle a deranged machete-wielding killer, and find a way to escape the movie and make it back home.

The Final Girls filmed in part at Camp Marydale in St. Francisville, Louisiana. Below is a clip released earlier this week.

Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at and I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.

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