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Christopher Hestir Ms. Kotti English 101 17 October 2016 Gender Roles in Slasher Films Ever since the release of the first slasher movie, “Eyes Without a Face”, the sub-genre of movies has taken off and evolved in many ways. Your typical slasher film is made up of a single psycho-killer whom runs around wreaking havoc on mostly sexual females, the sexual females who are representing helplessness, and one “Final Girl” who, unlike the rest of the girls, does not engage in sexual activity and eventually ends up trumping the killer using her brains to outwit her enemy. The “Halloween” series is a fantastic example of slashers films that strictly cohere to the theory of the final girl. This series of movies are all based off of the repercussions of the actions of our main man, Michael Myers. In this particular scene of “Halloween (1978)”, we, thanks to proper camera skills, are practically taken along in the moment with the “Final Girl”, Laurie Strode, as she partakes in her final showdown against Michael Myers. In slasher films, we may experience hints of sexism due to gender roles being widely used as every actor’s character is given a specific role to fulfill within the movie. The great actors achieving their role properly paired up with the intricate use of cinematography in low-lit areas all combine to make nothing short of a crowd favorite. Each character is assigned a role in a slasher film strictly based off of their gender. The three most important roles that you will quite easily see are sexual sorority chicks whose only purpose is to die and look good doing it, the polar-opposite of the sorority girls, the pure, Hestir 1
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intelligent, “Final Girl” aka Laurie Strode, and last, but most definitely not least, the heartless, disturbed, psycho-killer who goes by the name of Michael Myers. These hot, naked sorority girls may seem like nothing but something to entertain the male gaze, but in reality there is a lot of hidden meaning behind their being. Could it be that the role they are chosen to play is influenced by sexist ideas? It is almost as if male against female violence is being glorified by punishing these defenseless girls for their promiscuity. These girls are essentially just being your average teenagers engaging in sexual activity and then shortly afterwards they are brutally murdered. This ideal of slut-shaming is carried out as the murderer gets his pleasure out of penetrating these, usually partially naked, sorority girls with a phallic-resembling item. The “Final Girl”, in this situation Laurie Strode, fulfills the expected relationship between the “Final Girl” and the psycho-killer. Michael Myers always keeps Laurie on her toes by constantly trying to chase her, disappearing and then somehow reappearing in Laurie’s vicinity. Multiple times in this scene Laurie, somehow with super uncanny timing, escapes the dangerous situation Michael has put her in mostly unscathed. The fact that this relatively smaller-sized woman is able to trump the
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