Out of most horror films, especially those of the slasher sub-genre, the killer is usually male. As said by Clover, “Female killers are few and their reasons for killing significantly different from men’s” (29). In Friday the 13th (2009), the killer, Jason, is male. He follows the typical slasher killer that Clover describes in her book. Though most Friday the 13th movies have Jason as the killer, in Friday the 13th I, the killer is Jason’s mother. In actuality, most slasher horror films have a male tormentor as the killer. Also, as stated by Clover, the killer is usually one who psychotic, previously been sexually abused, or one th...
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... is luckier, smarter, faster, or stronger than everyone else who is killed. The Final Girl is also picked out of the larger group of victim’s minutes into the film. Also, tying into the idea that the ones killed were either sexually active, drinking alcohol, doing drugs, or all three, the Final Girl does none of those things. As said before, however, Friday the 13th (2009) instead has a final boy (Clay). Though it is not a girl, the idea is still the same.
Overall, Friday the 13th (Marcus Nipsel, 2009) is a typical slasher film according to Carol Clovers book Men, Women, and Chainsaws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film. With the male antagonist killer, the Final Girl, and the use of weapons and killing styles, the 2009 remake of Friday the 13th suggests that Carol Clover’s ideas about slasher films have stayed the same throughout the years of horror slasher films.
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