Friday, June 3, 2011

Day 4 - 30 Day Horror Film Challenge STRIKES BACK! - Final Jennifer

Day 4: Favorite final girl –

You want a slasher flick for this category right? That's what I would expect. You know I don't really deal in this terminology very often (final girl and what not). Typically I'm too busy espousing the mysoginstic diatribe set forth by the males of Hollywood. Popular horror fiction is built around asses in the seats which is, in part, lead by boobs on screen. I don't want you to think I'm that guy. I'm all for equality, mutual respect and creativity over crevice shots, but I am a product of a generation of film makers putting Birthday suits up on screen (and it isn't even those nice young lady's birthdays). I guess what I'm trying to say is I'm somewhat shallow or maybe I just love women. This is starting to sound more and more like a therapy session and not a quick response to a 30 day challenge answer. Moving on...

Final Girl:

is a thriller and horror film (particularly slasher film) trope that specifically refers to the last woman or girl alive to confront the killer, ostensibly the one left to tell the story. (wik... wik... wikipedia).

And I respond Jennifer Corvino as dictated to our eyes by the lovely Jennifer Connelly ala Creepers (Phenomenon to you purest who didn't rent the movie from Shoprite based on the awesome VHS box). Before Labyrinth but after Once Upon a Time In America came this gem of an Argeno picture. I'll write something more about the whole god damn movie someday, but for today let's focus on Corvino.

Jennifer Corvino is definitely a final girl. Last girl standing after a vicious killer takes numerous innocent lives from off the Swiss countryside. In the final sequence we see Jennifer Corvino running from the killer,escaping via boat only to be attacked by a child mutant death machine. Said child mutant death machine is inevitably killed by a chimpanzee with a razor. Unless we take into account that the monkey is her saving grace and that the monkey is male (most of us guys are monkies, very few are actually males) I think she's a clean cut final girl. With insect wielding psychic powers!

-Dr. (glad I didn't say Sue Snell) Terror.


  1. Well,

    As Deep Red and Suspira are the usual prime suspects for Dario's best. This over looked film is a huge film on my list of horror if not any genre of film. Phenomina or Creepers has such great plot points, great ensemble cast and just a beautiful looking film. Its right up there with Deep Red and Suspiria. Love this film. Excellent blog sir.

  2. Yours Truly
    Neil W. Wright
    Aka DUDER

  3. I think a blog is coming focusing on the animals trilogy by Argento. Look forward to rewatching them. What I wouldn't give to see them all on 35mm after seeing Bird with the Crystal Plumage at Hudson Horror Show.