5Monstrous FeminineBarbara Creed – Feminine Reproductive Biology Made Monstrous
6Stephen King on Carrie“If The Stepford Wives concerns itself with what men want from women, then Carrie is largely about how women find their own channels of power, and what men fear about women and women’s sexuality Which is only to say that, writing the book in 1973 and only out of college three years, I was fully aware of what Women’s Liberation implied for me and others of my sex. The book is, in is more adult implications, an uneasy masculine shrinking from a future of female equality.”
7Monster, Victim, or Hero?“For me, Carrie White is a sadly misused teenager, an example of the sort of person whose spirit is so often broken for good in that pit of man- and women-eaters that is your normal suburban high school. But she’s also Woman, feeling her powers for the first time, and, like Samson, pulling down the temple on everyone in sight at the end of the book.”She is monster because of her excess and destruction She is also “victim-hero,” who gets revenge, but it is women’s liberation that allows her to exact revenge and which makes her a monster.
8“Final Girl” – Carol Glover Slasher Films – films that exploit women on one hand and make them heroes in the end, on the other hand.Men, Women and Chainsaws, Carol Clover
9The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, 1974 Tobe Hooper (college professor)$83,532 production, $30million grossUnprecedented profit for indie film until Halloween broke that recordFake doc footage thought real, Ed Gein
21The Classy Slasher Film Silence of the Lambs 1991The Classy Slasher Film
22What do the “Final Girls” Have in Common? Tom-boyishUsually not sexually activeSpecially skilled (e.g., mechanical)Is at the Wrong Place at the Wrong TimeBecomes an adult by becoming male (phallus)Kills the slasher and is last one standing in end
32The New “Final Girl” Intentionally takes on the challenge Becomes a main action heroVisible from the beginning, physically fitWe know about their lives & psychologyBeing a Woman is Integral to Character (being a mother, partner, etc.)Sequals Allowed This to Happen (move from traditional last girl to new last girl character)
33Alien Movies Summary Alien 1979 (traditional last girl) Aliens 1986 (superhero and mother)Alien (gender subversion, rape)Alien Resurrection 1997 (biotech violation)
34Alien Resurrection 1997 How is this different? It combinines final girl with monstrous feminine and undermines the agency and identity of Ripley.Alien Resurrection plot summaryIt is 200 years since Ellen Ripley died on Fiorina 161. Ripley's former employers, The Weyland-Yutani Company has dissolved and now the United Systems Military has assumed the task of breeding and harnessing the deadly aliens. With blood samples taken from her previous life, scientists clone a new Ripley in order to extract the queen alien inside of her. The new Ripley, known as number 8, acquires physical and emotional traits from both humanity and the aliens, making her question where her allegiances lie. Shortly after, the aliens break free and commence killing those onboard. Ripley, along with a crew of smugglers that unknowingly helped in delivering hosts to breed the alien species, must now escape the perilous ship. Along the way, Ripley encounters a shocking revelation that truly sets herself against both humanity and the alien species. She must now decide what she truly is, in order to save humanity once more.and with their ship making their way towards earth, automatically, it really is war.Alien Resurrection ending / spoilerCall (Winona Ryder) turns out to be a robot. Ripley discovers that the alien queen has mutated and has given birth to an alien/human hybrid. The hybrid chases Ripley onto the Betty. After it kills the remaining marine, Ripley cuts herself and with her blood destroys the airlock window. The hybrid is sucked out into space and only Call, Ripley, Vreiss and Johner escape while the military ship crashes into France. In the theatrical release Call and Ripley look outside the ship's window and gaze at an island. In the special edition they land in (a now nuked) Paris. Call tells Ripley that it's the type of place they get could lost in.
35Side Note:Thelma & Louise (1991) comes out during the transition.
36Theme of Violation – Final Girls The Final Girls Must Be Sexually Violated to Be Heroic and Still Be a Women
37Theme of ViolationRidley struggles against the monstrous feminine— (the monster is at times separate from her, at times internalized as a pregnancy or DNA, and at times phallic and violating—tonge, tail, etc.)
381991Clarice Starling allows herself to be incest victim to Lecter in order to solve the crime and show her competence. This is how she becomes a “woman” (vulnerable, etc.)