I miss the classic slasher films with the blood and gore. The character tropes found in slashers don’t always play well into other types of films, sometimes not even into the original horror genre. But the one thing that slasher’s have over every other genre is the existence of feminism.
Slashers are known for sex, drugs, and violence, playing into the preconceived idea that the three go hand in hand. Often times you will find the main character to be a female, one who will go onto become the "final girl". She is seen as a virtuous character who doesn’t participate in the drug usage or sexual escapades of her friends who are all, of course, teens or young adults.
So, after all the sinners are killed off by a masked maniac, the final girl uses the skills she has apparently gained over the course of the film and kills the maniac, to save herself and often to avenge her dead friends.
It’s all very empowering. It’s also one of film’s greatest phenomena. Slasher films are frequented by a predominantly male audience, yet a lot of popular slashers have had female leads. Focusing on the Friday the 13th franchise alone, we see final girls in the forms of Alice, Ginny Fields, and Chris Higgins. Then, the Halloween franchise sees Laurie Strode as a recurring final girl. And the most obvious final girl of all is the Scream franchise’s own Sidney Prescott.
So the phenomena is the identification of final girls by a mostly male audience. For men of any age to identify with the plights of a teen/young adult women is in itself a huge step in the feminist movement in that men are relating to women on a primal, surviving against anything no matter the odds level.
And let’s face it, slashers are basically about morals. If you have premarital sex, Jason will impale you with a machete. Let’s not get started with the number of victims that could have survived had they not been impaired by pot, beer, and unchecked teen hormones.
Honestly, when you recount a slasher, don’t you finish with "moral of the story is don’t do drugs, drink liquor, have premarital sex, or be anywhere that you don’t have adults or cell reception"?
Not to lower the importance of the final girl, but isn’t the real star of any slasher the chainsaw? Scratch that, the star of the film is the killer and their weapon of choice, right? Everyone wants the killer to make it even if they don’t realize they do. Because there is always a chance for a sequel with even better death sequences and the killer’s body count soars.
You might not remember all of the victims’ names but when your friend says “the guy that got sucked into his bed in that Elm Street movie” you know he’s talking about Johnny Depp. Because the killer in the movie is just a means to see more people creatively butchered.
Not to say that we’re all secretly psychopaths but that is pretty sick. And, if anyone reading this wants to say that I’ve deviated from my original point that the entire sub genre of slasher films are creations of the organized group known as feminists, I haven’t forgotten that.
In fact, my entire point was that we may root for the final girl like the feminists want us to, but in the end she’s not the protagonist at all. Because the character that the audience actually wants to survive is the psychopath with blood dripping from his Walmart machete.
So, take that feminists. You lost your control over fans of slasher films. Sweet freedom.