Good day, damners of all things disagreeable with your stomach. According to at least five websites, today is Name Your Poison Day, which is certainly the least Socrates-friendly holiday of the year. For the record, my poison is bourbon, and I’m naming it Zeppo. It’s also Best Friend Day... and my selection remains the same for that one.

In mini-news, Universal’s Olivia Cooke-starring thriller Ouija is hovering ominously on an October 24, 2014 release date. Radius-TWC has picked up David Robert Mitchell’s It Follows, which gained all kinds of acclaim at Cannes recently. The Strangers writer/director Bryan Bertino is writing a screenplay for VFX mastermind Rob McLellan’s serial killer robot flick Abe. And finally, The Bunnyman Massacre, the sequel to Carl Lindbergh's "loosely based on a real killer" 2011 film Bunnyman, is getting a DVD and VOD release from Midnight Releasing on August 12. Check out the "okay then?" trailer below.

And now on to talking about murderers with human-sized ears.

Abigail Breslin Kicks Killers’ Asses in Final Girl Trailer
Not to be confused with Todd Strauss-Schulson’s pluralized The Final Girls, Tyler Shields’ directorial debut Final Girl stars Abigail Breslin as a teenager who stands up and fights back against a group of too-cool-for-school dudes who use murder as an initiation into their exclusive club. And as full-length trailer seen above shows us, she isn’t just some helpless damsel who suddenly becomes a super survivor in third act: she was trained since childhood by Wes Bentley. Aren’t we all a little trained by Wes Bentley?

Final Girl looks more like a cross between a short story Quentin Tarantino wrote in high school and Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch, only with more potential than that description allows. Alexander Ludwig leads the ego-driven gang in a routine "game" in which they send a girl out into the woods and prey on her; but they get way more than they bargained for with Breslin, who is more than capable of dishing out damage. The trailer goes on a little too long, as Bentley’s full role could have been kept a secret until the film came out, and I have no idea how this story and tone will hold over a 90-minute runtime. But it still looks pretty good, if only because I want to see Cameron Bright’s smug face get split in half. There’s no release date set, but we’ll let you know when one is FINALized.

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