Jamie Lee Curtis

Movie review: 'Final Girl' sacrifices story for style

The "final girl" is a well-worn archetype originating in '70s and '80s slasher horror films, a character with whom filmmakers have been overly preoccupied since the days of "Scream." The prototype is Jamie Lee Curtis in "Halloween," the virginal innocent who, after much distress, torture, and pursuit, has to reach into the deep reserves of herself to take up arms against the boogey man. "Final Girl," from director Tyler Shields, is clearly alluding to this trope, but in this case the girl, Veronica (Abigail Breslin) is a jailbait bully, trained to hunt and kill very bad boys. This take on the empowered girl, sacrifices story for style,...