|Ginny - Friday the 13th Part 2|
|Too pretty to die.|
Skipping merrily ahead, Laurie Strode and her friends traipse around for a bit only to be picked off one by one until Laurie fights Michael Myers, subdues him and... roll credits. She of course returns in Halloween 2 as does Myers (and Sherri Moon + horse), they go at it again and Laurie learns that Michael is her brother and it triggers some kind of killer desire within her. It is insinuated in the film that she will take over the killing. The Final Girl is the killer, the killer is more interesting than those who would fight to stop the madness, the madness is embraced. Everyone is corrupt in Zombie's films (including Dr. Loomis) and Michael (eventually Laurie) is set up to be a kind of vigilante, ridding the earth of these despicable people.
In the 1970s and 80s when slasher films peaked, the main emphasis was on otherness. It was the clean, normal kids versus the deranged Other. At the start of the new millennium, horror took a turn to gore, toture-porn with some misogynistic undertones (see Saw, Hostel, Turistas). We also have films from Europe making a big impact with horror fans in North America. These films had a nasty streak in them which helped prompt American filmmakers and film studios to go ahead with their unrelenting violence. One of the first big horror films of this creed was Alexander Aja's High Tension (2003) which also presents an interesting version of the Final Girl.
In High Tension Marie is both our Final Girl and our killer. Though the killer is depicted as a disgusting man-slob it is Marie (DESPITE the massive, infuriating plot holes). I think in this case, the horror is interpersonal. It is the horror of not truly knowing a person and the capabilities of any one person at any moment. As an audience our gateway into these kinds of movies is through the Final Girl. Now there is a movement within these films that makes the Final Girl untrustworthy and potentially the monster, implicating us the audience into the sadistic killing.
In the first rash of popularity of slashers, the films were a product of gender and political bias. (yes, they were also a scary good time) This evolution (or de-evolution depending on who you talk to) is an implication that there is something wrong within our world. There are no solutions, no Others to defeat. Only darkness.