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Horror fans will be quite familiar with the term "the final girl." It speaks to a grand tradition in our beloved genre of the strongest, or sometimes just luckiest, female character who makes it all the way to the end credits of a slasher film; women tending to survive horror films more often than men. Well it looks as if Abigail Breslin ('Little Miss Sunshine,' 'Zombieland') is next in line to be 'The Final Girl.' She will take the titular role in this Nasser Entertainment thriller about a group of feral teen boys who decide she will be the target of their final initiation. Too bad for them, she is not content to be a victim. Tyler Shields, a former photographer, will direct from a script by fledgling screenwriter Adam Prince. No word yet on when production is set to begin.
Feral kids are frickin' scary. I just saw a film at SxSW called 'Citadel' that reinforced both my fear of this horror subgenre and my decision to not have kids any time soon. I'm therefore interested in 'The Final Girl' on a conceptual level. I also think it will be interesting to see Breslin headline a serious horror film; I know they're calling it a thriller, but come on...it's called 'The Final Girl.' I mean sure, she did 'Zombieland,' a horror comedy, and one of her first roles was in M. Night Shyamalan's 'Signs,' but this will be the first straightforward scary movie in which she leads the pack, as it were. I'm not sure if I believe she can definitely pull it off, but she is quite talented. What concerns me here is that the film is being helmed by a first-time director who up until now was a photographer. The good news is, I'm sure he knows how to frame a shot, the bad news is Breslin is going to need a knowledgeable and competent collaborator to help her succeed in what is, for all intents and purposes, virgin territory for her. I like the idea, I'm just very concerned about the artistic team assembled.
What do you guys think? Are you interested in the concept of 'The Final Girl?' Do you think Breslin's right for the part?