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Girls Rescue People

“JESS: Why is it a guy who rescues her? Girls rescue people”

Thank you, Wikipedia, for a concise explanation of the FINAL GIRL horror film trope:

The final girl is a trope in thriller and horror films (particularly slasher films) that specifically refers to the last woman or girl alive to confront the killer, ostensibly the one left to tell the story. The final girl has been observed in dozens of films, including Halloween[1]Friday the 13thA Nightmare on Elm StreetScreamFinal DestinationThe Texas Chain Saw Massacre and its remakeI Know What You Did Last SummerHellraiserAlienThe StrangersThe RingThe Grudge, and Terror Train. The term was coined[2] by Carol J. Clover in her 1992 book Men, Women, and Chainsaws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film. Clover suggests that in these films, the viewer begins by sharing the perspective of the killer, but experiences a shift in identification to the final girl partway through the film. …The final girl is the “investigating consciousness” of the film, moving the narrative forward and as such, she exhibits intelligence, curiosity, and vigilance.

Here’s a nice list of the Top 10 Final Girls from horror films.

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About ilanaturgy

Ilana Brownstein is a dramaturg and director specializing in new play development, based in Boston. She is the Founding Dramaturg at Playwrights' Commons and the Director of New Work at Company One.

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