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Alia Shawkat
SXSW: 'The Final Girls' starts a horror-comedy party
SXSW: 'The Final Girls' starts a horror-comedy party

On a busy opening night of the South by Southwest film festival, in between the premieres of Ondi Timoner’s documentary “Brand: A Second Coming” and Karyn Kusama’s tense, eerie thriller “The Invitation,” came the horror-comedy “The Final Girls.” Taking the stage at the Paramount Theater to introduce the film, Janet Pierson, head of SXSW Film, said that the room itself played into the festival’s selection process, for the energy and excitement that generates among the crowd. “I love seeing movies here. Things play great,” she said. “And as we’re programming we look for stuff that we know will really be...