Final Girl vs. The Evil Dead

I have already watched the film with my friends before and somehow, it still managed to have the same effect on me. The surprise attacks of extremely scary-looking characters still got to me. Even though I already knew the story and the events that took place in the film, I was still left horrified by the bloody and gory graphics of the film.

When you talk about outdoor trips with friends in most horror films, it is usually to hold a loud party with a whole lot of boobs and booze in an isolated location. This kind of setting makes it easier to watch spoilt kids get chased after and attacked by a psycho-killer or whatever kind of entity that could leave them breathless – literally. Not that such kids deserve to die, it is just that, in films like these, you kind of want the annoying ones to go first. However, for the Evil Dead, it took getaway with the gang on a more serious note – to kick a drug habit, which sort of made it more painful to watch. The protagonist was going through so much and it would be so hard to bear watching an already suffering woman, suffer even more. The film provided specific formula that encapsulates a slasher film, a sub-genre to horror – a dysfunctional family, beautiful troubled woman in an isolated setting with a few friends, weapons other than a gun, a few shots from the victim’s point of view and a whole lot of blood, perfectly visualizing the pain and the suffering that was felt in the film.

In films like this, I usually assume that it is a guy that torments the other characters. However, it is not so in this film. Mia, the druggie who was only thrown in that location in an attempt to quit the substance and got caught in the middle of a friend’s stupid act of reading a “mysterious” book that was not supposed to be read, thus, releasing a dormant evil spirit, plays as both the tormented and the tormentor. There was an evident transformation in Mia in the latter part of the film, from a victim to a hero breaking the stereotype of the male being the one who fights the killer to protect and save a damsel-in-distress – to which, in the movie, I assumed would be her brother. In horror films, women are usually viewed or portrayed as the victim, while the males play the role of the hero showing their masculinity by protecting a helpless female.  However, as mentioned, Mia transformed and was reconstituted as masculine to become the final girl. The final girl looks for the killer, looks at it, fights it and saves herself, which is exactly what Mia did when she was the only one alive. Not only did she man herself, she unmans her tormentor’s masculinity.

Seeing Mia, someone who has gone through so much even before the possession, survive and kill the monster has an even bigger and more dramatic impact. In the ending, seeing how she suffered, died, came back to life, lost everyone, and defeat the monster sort of made me, as a viewer feel for her. I got that sense of relief and pride the moment I saw her safer than she was before. The ending just makes you want to scream, “you go, girl!” after seeing her single-handedly defeating an extremely evil entity, and such monster looking like her, made things 100% worse.

Although I had my hands over my eyes most of the time, I could still stay that I enjoyed this movie. It is a great film to watch with friends. Despite the extremely gory and bloody scenes which I usually prefer to do without, this film still won me.



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