You can't escape: inside and outside the ‘slasher’ movie

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Since the 1970s, the ‘slasher’ movie, with its violence towards women and the
surviving ‘final girl’, has been a constant presence in the horror genre to the delight of some and the perplexed dismay of others. Traditional academic approaches to the genre have tended to make assumptions about who is watching these films and why. This article uses a Jungian-inflected approach to reconsider the potential meaning of the genre, suggesting that the violence in the films is less an exhortation to violence against women, but rather a representation of women’s experience of patriarchy, with the ‘final girl’ as a figure of resistance. The article also considers the meaning of the more contemporary ‘final girl as perpetrator’ slasher films.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)108-119
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Jungian Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 4 May 2014


  • Jung
  • feminism
  • film theory
  • final girl
  • horror
  • slasher movie


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