Sunday, May 28, 2006


The Final Girl Hall of Fame

In her brilliant and scholarly work on gender roles in modern horror films, Men, Women and Chainsaws, Carol J. Clover coined the term "the final girl" -- referring to the last woman standing (or running as it were) in a horror (usually slasher) film. So, it got me to thinking of the most memorable of these women (and gave me an excuse to write another list!) These are some pretty strong (and sexy) women. Here it is, my "Final Girl Hall of Fame" from 10 to 1:
10 - Fay Wray (King Kong)
09 - Tippi Hedren (The Birds)
08 - Naomi Watts (The Ring)
07 - Amy Steel (Friday the 13th Part 2)
06 - Adrienne King (Friday the 13th)
05 - Neve Campbell (Scream)
04 - Heather Langenkamp (A Nightmare on Elm Street)
03 - Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween)
02 - Jobeth Williams (Poltergeist)
01 - Marilyn Burns (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre)

'The Birds' is playing at the Bryant Park outdoor movie theatre in 2 weeks. It's the first film in the summer series, and it's totally free.
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