Female characters in most slasher movies are reduced to moaning bimbo’s who suck, fuck and die gruesome deaths. It is small wonder that what comes to mind when imaging the epitome of horror films is of a pretty, slender woman, crawling to safety with a broken ankle, begging for mercy.

Nowadays, torture porn horror has leeched into mainstream movie culture. Films like The Hills Have Eyes and Hostel involve women being raped then killed for the audience’s amusement. When did this become acceptable?

The concept of being raped is indeed an everyday horror, but mostly for women who are not these movies main audience. This is the scary part. These films are created with a male audience in mind with the women being of large chest and small waist and having little character substance. Then why must they include rape, a situation the everyday male does not imagine happening to him or even fear on a lonely walk home? It makes me think that young boys and men look to these films for sexual enjoyment which in turn, ruins them for any real-world interactions with women (the same can be said for porn).

The female characters in most average horror film is usually no more in-depth than her male counterparts. However, she is usually defined by her sexuality, more so in these frightening tales than any other genre. She is labeled “the girl” and is there as eye candy in amongst a usually all male cast.

How many times have you seen the blonde bimbo get stabbed in her tits or run away while her scantily clad bosom bounces in the most impressive manor? There is even pleasure taken in her death as “the blonde bimbo” is usually extremely stupid and annoying (House of Wax: Paris Hilton…).

There are a few films that do keep away from over-sexualization of women, and instead showcase characters, not a pair of moving boobs. The Descent is one of my favourite scary movies, and features an all-female cast. 28 Days Later features a strong female character who doesn’t take any bull shit and can handle a machete with ease. Jeepers Creepers features a brother and sister duo which thankfully moves away from any of the silly romantic storylines that crop up in a lot of horror films (fucking while ghouls bang on the door outside? Really?).

Horror films are meant to scare you to the bone. Whether it be zombies, ghosts, monsters or fantastical creatures, it should be about imagining it coming out from beneath the couch to grab your ankle, not having to turn your eyes because some chick just had her vagina torn open by a scalpel.

Torture porn has no place in the realm of horror and women deserve to die heroic deaths just as much as their male counterparts, and not withering on the ground groping their ankles and calling for their boyfriends.

About Mighty Damsels

I am a sick and tired nerd. Male characters have dominated the action/sci-fi/fantasy genres for far too long. No more will women be in distress, cast as the "girlfriend" or made to wear tight leather pants. Ladies! Raise up your swords, M16's, phaser guns and pens! Mightydamsels.wordpress.com

5 responses »

  1. Levy says:

    I’m sorry, but men have their naughty bits hit, shot, and stabbed in movies, too. Case and point. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_ycphyls-w#t=158s

    But I digress, these are two different issues, both with equal merit. And although it pains me to say this, it seems like they can’t be ended. So instead of asking for something like this to be taken out of horror films, why not make over-sexualized male characters to counter it? Surely more and more women see horror films each year and something like this would help turn the eye of women. The whole Twilight crowd have to grow up at some point, right?

    At the end of the day, we’re all human. Sex is what drives society at the most basic level.

    • Levy says:

      Note to self, anything typed in greater-than and less-than symbols gets deleted. The first thing I said before the first passage is:

      (Insert witty line which states more men are killed, tortured, and disemboweled on screen than women and its more of an emotional shock to the audience when a woman is killed than when a man is killed.)

    • I totally agree that men are killed just as gruesomely as the women, but I was mostly referring to the fact that rape is a large aspect of these movies which goes beyond showing a bit of skin.
      As to adding over-sexualized male characters, they are usually present in the jock characters that pair up with the “hot chicks”.

      • Levy says:

        So pair the oversexualized “jock” (aka, douchebag) characters with the oversexualized “hot chick” (aka, bimbo) characters and then everyone will hate that group and hope they both die first just as equally.

        As for rape, it seems like it is just another way to pull at the heart strings of their audiences, to make the character’s situation more dire than it already is. Do I agree with it, no. Do I want to hear less of it in mainstream media and fiction? Yes. Now that I think on it, perhaps I’ve been looking at the post and was trying to think of it as one issue, while there are actually a few issues you’ve brought up. Rape, torture, killing, and oversexualized female characters. Rape as a plot device, as long as it makes sense and has a purpose to the overall storyline, is fine in my eyes. Random rape where nothing is lost or gained to the story and the movie would make just as much sense without it, not okay. The same goes for torture and killing, both of which happens more to men in films than women, but depending on the situation, men are rarely killed while half naked. (They are killed while screaming for their mommies in some cases, though. Random comedic relief before he takes his last breath…)

        Oversexualized female characters is an entire topic itself and the same argument I said before also applies to this. If it is necessary to the story, I’m fine with it. If the character might as well not be there at all or could be easily replaced with a male character with different lines and actions to make sense or killed off entirely, I’m not fine with it. I guess it’s the case of the bimbos and douchebags. Is their sole purpose to make the audience hate them and to contribute to the story, or are they just there to look good and die?

  2. They are most definitely there to look good and die, which also adds to the story line in that they are sacrificed so that the main characters remain alive while still including gruesome deaths in the film.
    And, most people want to see people they hate receive some sort of punishment ie. being good looking when most people have some sort of body issue (this in itself is it’s own topic).
    Back to the rape issue, I do think that in certain story lines that it can be a very powerful event that challenges a character. However, it has no place in horror films where the very fact that it is in a movie of that genre is unnecessary. Rape is a very serious issue that needs to be tackled in dramatic movies.

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