As usual, we can't host a Women in Horror event without talking about the Final Girl. A Final Girl is the last standing woman in a horror movie - think Laurie Strode or Sidney Prescott.
In the past, this girl survived because unlike her friends, she is usually viewed as the virginal character, the one who isn't off with her boyfriend or getting drunk, which means she has more chance of noticing when things start to go wrong. She is usually a good character, who ends up fighting for others and not just herself. While they may not be physically imposing, Final Girls have a way to outwit and outsmart the bad guy, sending him to a grisly end - at least until the sequel.
Playing the same character for six decades now, Jamie Lee Curtis is the ultimate Final Girl, even if there was that one film where she didn't make it through the opening credits. She did return however, when the Halloween franchise was retconned, to skip the intervening films and only focus on the original 1978 film.
Her character has grown from the first film, being more prepared and well armed. In the original movie, she took Michael Myers down with a pair of knitting needles and a lot of running. In the latest movie, she uses a gun, secret traps and fire to stop Michael Myers and it still isn't enough considering there are two more films to go.
We can connect with Final Girls because they are ordinary everyday women, thrust into a dangerous situation where they become the target of a crazed killer. They don't have kung fu moves or a grenade launcher to help them, they have to rely on themselves to survive.
But it is the actresses who make the character and we have to give credit for their stellar performances in bringing the character to life.
Who is your favorite Final Girl?
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