Final Girls and Crystal Lake Lifers Front and Center in Brand New Infographics from HalloweenCostumes

halloweencostumes-com-logoThe gang over at HalloweenCostumes.com sent these two awesome infographics our way and we knew that we just had to share them with you fright fanatics. The first one, designed by Gentry Boeckel details various survival girls throughout the years and horror films that for the most part, lived to see another day after defeating whatever masked killer in front of them.

When the slasher genre started to really hit the mainstream around the mid-80s, there was a lot of outcry about its depiction of women. It is true that with so many slasher films flooding the market, more than a few fell into the trap of scantily clad, personality-less women running and stumbling, being murdered in the dark. But to focus on the worst aspects of the genre would do a disservice to some of the groundbreaking (and what many would call feminist) strides taken toward giving women agency and power over their lives, their sexuality, and their attacker.

The term “final girl” was coined in the early 90s to describe a “last woman standing” in a horror film. The final girl was the one to confront and defeat the killer at the end of the film, after making it through a gauntlet of terror. The 1996 film Scream highlighted this trope and drove it home for the masses by playing it with a tongue-in-cheek wink. Since then, films from the past have been critiqued through a new lens, shedding light on the early works in the genre that have paved the way for the final girls of today. We’ve created an infographic detailing some of the iconic final girls throughout modern cinema, highlighting their survival status, the main threat against their lives, and their weapon of choice. Take this visual journey with us through the world of masked maniacs, ancient aliens, and resurrected demons—just don’t trip.

 Final Girls Infographic
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The second infographic, created by Devin Rubink, details the evolution of everybody’s favorite hockey mask-wearing slasher, Jason Voorhees. Detailing the transition from drowning victim into slasher history’s most notorious killer, Rubink gives a really cool look at what makes Jason so awesome and how he’s grow throughout the years, visually and violently.

You can’t mention Friday the 13th without thinking of Jason Voorhees, the legendary killer whose origins began at Camp Crystal Lake 35 years ago. The first film in the franchise opened on May 9th, 1980 and told the story of a group of camp counselors who were being stalked and killed during the re-opening of Camp Crystal Lake. Of course, the killer turned out to be Pamela Voohees (sorry, statute of limitations on spoilers expired for this film), who was seeking revenge after her son, Jason, drowned at camp years earlier. Once Pamela was killed, Jason emerged from the lake to pick up right where she left off at Camp Crystal Lake. Through the years, Jason Voohees has been to many other places like Manhattan, outer space, and even hell. While his heart will always be at Camp, let’s take a look through all 12 Friday the 13th films to learn more about the machete-weilding killer.

 

 The Evolution of Jason Voorhees
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Pretty cool, right? Thanks to gang over at HalloweenCostumes.com for sending these our way, and like always, for your costume needs, give the site a glance and order some hellish attire!

 

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