Two things that go machete wielding hand and hand is the slasher and the final girl. A final girl is described as the last woman standing and usually acts in a better manner than her bimbo behaving counterparts. One monster who knows the final girl all too well is the hockey mask wearing Jason Voorhees. The guys over at HalloweenCostumes.com have sent us some awesome infographics highlighting some of the most well known final girls in horror history. Also with the amount of FRIDAY THE 13TH films in existence Jason has had many looks as he has passed through time. So the second graphic shows the evolution of Jason in all his forms.
When the slasher genre started to really hit the mainstream around the mid-80s, there was a lot of outcry about its depiction of women. It is true that with so many slasher films flooding the market, more than a few fell into the trap of scantily clad, personality-less women running and stumbling, being murdered in the dark. But to focus on the worst aspects of the genre would do a disservice to some of the groundbreaking (and what many would call feminist) strides taken toward giving women agency and power over their lives, their sexuality, and their attacker.
The term “final girl” was coined in the early 90s to describe a “last woman standing” in a horror film. The final girl was the one to confront and defeat the killer at the end of the film, after making it through a gauntlet of terror. The 1996 film Scream highlighted this trope and drove it home for the masses by playing it with a tongue-in-cheek wink. Since then, films from the past have been critiqued through a new lens, shedding light on the early works in the genre that have paved the way for the final girls of today. We’ve created an infographic detailing some of the iconic final girls throughout modern cinema, highlighting their survival status, the main threat against their lives, and their weapon of choice. Take this visual journey with us through the world of masked maniacs, ancient aliens, and resurrected demons—just don’t trip.
If you read through our infographic and where dismayed that your favorite final girl was not illustrated, we feel your pain. There were simply too many final girls to list in one piece! A few that we love, but did not make the list include: Jessica from Let’s Scare Jessica to Death (1971), Suzy Bannion from Suspiria (1977), Heather Mills from I Spit on Your Grave (1978), Kirsty Cotton from Hellraiser (1987), Yasmine from Frontier(s) (2007), and Samantha Hughes from The House of the Devil (2009). Are there any others you would have liked to see on our list? Which final girl is your absolute favorite? Let us know in the comments below!
You can’t mention Friday the 13th without thinking of Jason Voorhees, the legendary killer whose origins began at Camp Crystal Lake 35 years ago. The first film in the franchise opened on May 9th, 1980 and told the story of a group of camp counselors who were being stalked and killed during the re-opening of Camp Crystal Lake. Of course, the killer turned out to be Pamela Voohees (sorry, statute of limitations on spoilers expired for this film), who was seeking revenge after her son, Jason, drowned at camp years earlier. Once Pamela was killed, Jason emerged from the lake to pick up right where she left off at Camp Crystal Lake. Through the years, Jason Voohees has been to many other places like Manhattan, outer space, and even hell. While his heart will always be at Camp, let’s take a look through all 12 Friday the 13th films to learn more about the machete-wielding killer.
Friday the 13th is a fascinating franchise for many reasons. For starters, the first film was made to capitalize on the success of fellow slasher film Halloween, and it did just that by raking in more than $39 million on a budget of $550,000. On top of that, the franchise has been one of the most censored in film history. In fact, Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood required nine edits and resubmissions to the MPAA to avoid an X rating. And despite Jason being the focal point of the movies, there are two in the franchise where he isn’t even the killer! As mentioned before, Pamela Voorhees was the killer in the first one and copycat killer, Roy, took on the Jason moniker inFriday the 13th Part V – A New Beginning.
What’s your favorite Friday the 13th movie? Where does Friday the 13th rank on your list of horror film franchises? Leave us a comment and let us know what you think. If you’re looking for something scary to wear for Halloween, why not dress up in a Jason Voorhees costume or try looking through the other scary Halloween costumes available on our site.
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