The Final Girl
The Final Girl is a female character in a horror or slasher film that is the last person left alive. The Final Girl typically has characteristics that the other female characters in the movie do not possess. She may present masculine features, is intelligent and may be virginal, is the first to grasp the severity of the situation, can actively defend herself, often kills or injures the killer, always fights back, and is often saved by a male character in the end.
Laurie Strode, portrayed by Jamie Lee Curits, is the Final Girl in the 1978 film, Halloween. Laurie is a considered a Final Girl because she resembles most of the characteristics. She is intelligent, was the first person to realize that a killer was after her, can defend herself against Michael, and she also tends to present herself in a masculine way.
On the Halloween of 1963, six-year-old Michael Myers murders his older sister by stabbing her with a kitchen knife. Fifteen years later, he escapes from a psychiatric hospital, returns home, and stalks teenager Laurie Strode and her friends. Throughout the movie, Laurie realizes that Michael has been following her. Once her friends begin getting killed off, she realizes that the killer is after her.
In the ending scene that describes the concept of the Final Girl on behalf of Laurie is when she makes her way to an upstairs bedroom and locks herself in a closet, but Michael breaks a hole in the door. Laurie attacks the killer by stabbing him in the chest with his own knife. Michael then collapses and Laurie exits the closet. Meanwhile outside, a doctor sees two of Laurie’s friends running away from the house and suspects that Michael could be in the house. Michael gets up and tries to strangle Laurie, but she is saved by the doctor, who shoots Michael six times. The killer proceeds to fall from the second-story window onto the lawn below. However, when the doctor looks over the balcony, Michael's body is missing, symbolizing...
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