Female characters vs twisted killers – An uneven(?) battle

“Do your thing cuz”, awesome – survivor –  Heather tells Leatherface in Texas Chainsaw 3D, as the viewers witness the final battle of sweet troubled Leatherface against the mean locals. The newest version of the 1974 classic horror film is another triumph of the female domination in an agonising survival race.

Even though it has always been some kind of a cliché, it only hit me recently that I have had enough of super hot, kick-ass heroines defeating really violent serial killers and being the sole survivors after an average 2-hour battle against pure evil. Why is it that female characters so popularly prevail in the most common genre, that is the horror splatter movies?

It must be something to do with their looks. I guess a beautiful sweaty girl running around in tight jeans – or even better, shorts – is something to hold on to until the end of the film.

Is it some kind of a taboo to kill off the pretty girl, like it is when it comes to killing children ? Why couldn’t just a male character be the actual survivor and give the “in your face” middle finger?

When watching a group of young people setting off to a trip, it is usually an unconcious given that the most sweet, shy, geeky next-door girl will survive. And probably, she will either end up with the love of her life after the whole terror is over – since a lot of horror films include a hidden love story ready to blow out – or she will be left all alone to face the consequences of a brutal massacre – consequences that we usually never get to see.

So no matter how many people are involved in the plot and no matter how merciless the – usually gigantic – psycho killer is, we somehow feel certain that the main actress will make it till the end. All the betting comes down to whether she will have her little love story in the end or end up all alone covered in blood – highlighting the curves of her perfect body.

So why don’t we – for a change – reverse the rules in this unofficial game ? It would be a nice break from this female domineering routine, as proved by the following pictures.

Alexandra Daddario as Leatherface’s cousin in the latest Texas Chainsaw, released in 2013

Angela Bettis, the tough survivor in Scar, 2007. Also, she played in the 2004 remake Toolbox Murders, being once again the sole survivor after a brutal murder series

Jennifer Lawrence, plays the role of Elissa, one of Ryan’s (Max Thieriot) victims in House at the End of the Street

Sophia Bush stars in the 2007 remake of The Hicher

Rachel Nicols is a serial killer’s victim in P2

Katheryn Winnick plays the role of Tabitha in Amusement, 2008

4 Responses to “Female characters vs twisted killers – An uneven(?) battle”
  1. Krista Culbertson says:

    A lot of women probably don’t feel like they can win in their real-world environments. There are a lot of awful things that can happen to us. So horror movies allow the women to win, for once. Because in reality, if a man with a leather mask was trying to kill me – I’d probably let him because there is NO way I am running anywhere.


  2. Marinos Politis says:

    Except for “Wolf Creek” (which was based on real events so the outcome was a bit more realistic I guess) I cannot remember a single slasher movie where the last “victim” standing was a man… does anyone remember one?


    • maria kriva says:

      I know!!!Slasher movies always have a girl survivor!I could only think of Hostel I, but then again the sequels had female characters!


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