|Laurie Strode: the ultimate final girl|
|Laurie attempting to kill Michael Myers|
|Laurie's clothes compared to her friends|
She wears unrevealing clothes, for example a turtleneck and long skirt, unlike her friends, who wear what were considered fashionable clothes at that time period.
Laurie is the only one of her friends to survive to the end of the movie, and attempts to stop Michael Myers (unsuccessfully).
Another 17-year-old, Sidney Prescott, is the final girl in this movie that uses notable horror movies as big intertextual references/ signifiers as to the plot and almost parodying the slasher genre (with Scary Movie parodying Scream itself).
|Sidney (left) is covered up by her|
|...Unlike Tatum who wears a very |
|Ghostface (Scream killer)|
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
|Sally attempting to escape|
|Sally escaping in the back of a|
Although much is unknown about Sally, we do know that she cared for her 'invalid' brother Franklin. This shows she was kind and caring, much like the other final girls in the previously looked at movies.
At the end of the movie, she defeats Leatherface (the main antagonist of the movie) and gets away in the back of a pick-up truck.
|Laurie Strode: 'the perfect final girl'|
The three final girls I have looked at have many things in common. They are all quite quiet, reserved, bookish, kind and caring. These are main characteristics of a final girl.
They dress quite conservatively especially when compared to the other characters, and often have reserved hairstyles and makeup, although Sally in TTCM has long, blonde hair, a feature usually seen with scream queens as opposed to final girls. This could, however, be a reflection of the time period (1970s) rather than the final girl/scream queen characteristics.
Another common feature of final girls is that they are not seen in the very first scene, and usually are seen (straight) after the (sometimes first) scream queen has been murdered (which is usually in the opening scene).
We have decided not to include a final girl in our film opening because we have seen from this research that they are not usually seen in the opening scenes of the film. We have decided to have (two) scream queens in our opening as they are usually featured a lot more prominently in the very start of the movie.