In “The Final Girls,” Taissa Farmiga plays Max, a teen grieving for her dead mom, played by Malin Akerman. In truth, Malin is younger than Vera Farmiga, the “American Horror Story” regular’s older sister, and another actress who goes between dramas and horror. Still, that factoid isn’t as odd as the film itself, a comedic horror in which four young people find themselves sucked into a cheesy ’80s slasher movie, a la “The Purple Rose of Cairo.” And since the film-within-the-film starred Malin’s character, that means Max, in a grim twist, gets to effectively once again spend time with her dead mother.
I heard you’re not much of a horror fan.
That is true. I’m too sensitive. I get freaked sometimes.
What is it about them that you don’t gibe with?
They just scare me. I get scared very easily, even on set. You’ll see crew members pat me on the shoulder and I freak out. It’s actually a joke on set. I was talking to my sister the other night, because she’s doing “The Conjuring 2.” And another friend of mine was talking about a horror script he’s working on. It wasn’t even an in-depth conversation; he just mentioned exorcisms. I woke up in the middle of the night and I couldn’t sleep. My brain was just running, and it was just a simple conversation. I have to overcome it somehow.
All this being said, “The Final Girls” isn’t a straight-up horror movie. It’s a comedy, while your character’s arc could be airlifted into a more “serious” film and still be trenchant.
That’s what I love about “The Final Girls.” Yes, it has scary moments and it can be called a horror movie. But it’s also funny. It’s also got a lot of heart to it. It was interesting to hear Todd [Strauss-Schulson), the director, speaking about it. He said it’s a mother-daughter story that deals with grief, but cloaked in a horror movie. When it comes down to it it’s just dealing with real situations and the real emotions we all feel.