Nitehawk Cinema, New York | September – October 2014
Read the essay NOTES ON THE FINAL GIRL
Listen to “Final Girl” podcast interview
“No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality.” ― Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House
In the 1990s, film scholar Carol J. Clover coined the term “final girl” in her book Men, Women, and Chainsaws as a way to identify the heroine in horror films. From victim to savior and from lover to killer, women have played a crucial role in the history of horror cinema as the character with whom the audience can identify with most. The Final Girl series spans the history of women in horror (1960 to 2011) with classic black-and-white films for brunch (The Haunting, The Girl Who Knew Too Much, Spider Baby, Eyes Without a Face, Repulsion) and vividly colored midnites (You’re Next, Scream, Haute Tension, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Suspiria).