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Billy Murphy is the machete-wielding mass murderer and the main antagonist of the 2015 slasher comedy movie The Final Girls. He serves as the main villain of 2 fictitious 1980s slasher films titled "Camp Bloodbath" and "Camp Bloodbath 2: Cruel Summer".

He is portrayed by Dan B. Norris, and his younger self (credited as "Young Billy") is played by Eric Michael Carney.

Role in film

Maxine "Max" Cartwright waits in the car while her actress mother, Amanda, auditions for a film. When she returns, Amanda complains that, for the rest of her career, she will be known for her role as scream queen Nancy in the 1986 slasher movie Camp Bloodbath, now a cult classic. On the way home, the two get into a car accident, leaving Max as the only survivor.

3 years later, on the anniversary of her mom's death, Max studies with her best friend Gertie and crush Christopher "Chris" Briggs. Gertie's stepbrother Duncan, a big-time horror fan, shows up and convinces Max to attend a special double-feature showing of Camp Bloodbath and its sequel, Camp Bloodbath 2: Cruel Summer, as a special guest. At the screening, Max is none too happy to find Chris' possessive ex-girlfriend Victoria "Vicki" Summers there. During the film, the raucous crowd accidentally sets the theater ablaze (with the ash of a weed blunt and a bottle of liquor). In order to get to safety, Max rips a hole through the screen.

Camp Bloodbath

Camp Bloodbath

Max, Chris, Gertie, Duncan, and Vicki find themselves waking up in the woods. They encounter characters from Camp Bloodbath, including Max's mother, in character as the nice girl Nancy, and they realize they have now somehow been transported inside the movie. The group awkwardly pass themselves off as new camp counselors arriving for the season at the eponymous Camp Bluefinch, and let the first couple of murders happen without interference. However, when Duncan is killed by Camp Bloodbath‍‍'​‍s machete-wielding villain Billy Murphy, they realize that they also run the risk of being murdered.

The group decides to stop the characters from having sex, as whenever someone does so in Camp Bloodbath, they fall prey to Billy's machete. Chris distracts horn dog Kurt and Max persuades Nancy to stay a virgin, while Vicki sticks with the movie's final girl Paula and Gertie bonds with counselor Blake. When Gertie brings up the topic of Billy Murphy, the counselors are alerted to the fact that "urban legend" Billy is "real" and will come to kill them. In a panic, the counselors try to flee the camp. Kurt and Paula flee in the car, while Duncan emerges still alive. The two hit Duncan with the car and crash into a totem pole, resulting in their deaths.

Now aware that the characters who originally survived the movie can die, Max and the others decide to save anyone they can. They dress flirty airhead Tina in a life jacket and mittens, to prevent her from undressing. They also decide that Max, the only remaining virgin, is the new final girl, and plot to get Billy's machete into her hands so she can kill him and end the film. Meanwhile, Max and Nancy bond, and theorize that, if Nancy survives the movie, she can go back home with Max and be whomever she wants to be.

The group booby trap the cabin, and Tina lures Billy to them by performing a striptease. However, Tina becomes frightened when he arrives. She runs from Billy but trips over a wire and falls into a bear trap, killing her. Subsequently, Blake, Vicki and Gertie are killed while trying to defeat Billy. Chris, Nancy, and Max flee the cabin, and Billy chases after them. Chris is stabbed, and Billy kidnaps Nancy. Max leaves Chris at an abandoned chapel in the woods and goes to rescue Nancy, though Chris tells her that Nancy can't be saved. Max finds her at Billy's barn, and the two women fight him.

Nancy realizes that Max cannot defeat the killer because she is not yet the final girl. She sacrifices herself by luring Billy with a striptease, but not before Max tells her Nancy's real life counterpart is her mother. Nancy is killed and Max collapses. She re-awakens, now the final girl, with the power to kill Billy. Max then battles Billy, and eventually decapitates him. A wounded Chris arrives and the two kiss, while Camp Bloodbath‍‍ '​‍s closing credits play in the sky.

Camp Bloodbath 2 Cruel Summer

Camp Bloodbath 2: Cruel Summer

Later, Max wakes to find herself in the hospital, alive and reunited with her friends. Just then, the group hears Billy Murphy's approach tune, and realize they are now trapped in the sequel, Camp Bloodbath 2: Cruel Summer. Using a drip stand as a weapon, Max lunges at Billy, ending the film.


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