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30 Days of Horror:   Day 11 - Favorite ‘final girl’ 
(top image) Mark Patton – Jesse Walsh from A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985); Alex (Maïwenn) and Marie (Cécile de France) from Haute Tension (2003/5) *Apologies to mobile users for the ‘keep reading’ below* [This may or may not contribute further to my recent ‘bickering situation’ on here (ha), but my ambivalence towards Clover’s “final girl” discussion—see Men, Women, and Chainsaws, specifically Chapter 6/”Her body, himself”—is very old (like me), and I’m so entrenched in my views on that trope that I figure I might as well just be direct with it regardless of the fact that I usually end up on the defensive somehow with this stuff. Some folks really love their “final girls,” you know. We’ll just see how it goes. :D]
When I first encountered the term “final girl,” I recognized the character type/trope, obviously, in so many of the films I’d been viewing since childhood. It was simply putting a name of sorts to the familiar. At the time, however, and despite that familiarity, I couldn’t put my finger on exactly what bothered me so much about it—both in how Clover treated the character type and how I’d experienced it up to that point. With Clover’s text, some of what rubbed me the wrong way was in the language, sure. Those were the days of the heated ‘essentialist vs. non-essentialist’ classroom/conference room slap-fights (different lingo, same headaches, y’all), so it was easy to ID the aspects of the theoretical side of things that bugged me; however, what…

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