Final Girls Get Medieval…an open thread

Foreign poster for Rosemary's Baby

Foreign poster for Rosemary’s Baby

Good Evening

Hey, I have wanted to get back to writing the evening read threads…last night Dak beat me to it. Tonight here is a quick post on a the topic of women…horror flicks and medieval queenship.

First a video treat, a little tribute to some of those favorite Final Girls from horror movies past. A Video Tribute to Horror’s Best ‘Final Girls’ — Vulture

If you’re a lady and you’re in a horror flick, there’s no higher honor than being the Final Girl. It’s a title reserved for a female character who outlives her companions, takes on the big bad killer, and kicks his/her/its butt into oblivion (or at least into the next sequel). Film theorist Carol J. Clover coined the term in 1992, but Final Girls have been wielding knives, running through hallways, and delivering killing blows since at least the seventies. With Halloween around the corner, we put together this rockin’ tribute to some of Hollywood’s greatest Final Girls, from Jamie Lee Curtis to Neve Campbell and beyond. Stab on, ladies!

Go to the link and check it out…I think they are missing a few whack jobs, but it is fun to watch.

Next up, this blog post about how fashion icon Edith Head influenced the Hitchcock Heroine and later, the fashion of today. From the GlamAmor blog:  Interview with ELLE CANADA on Influence of the Hitchcock Heroine + Film Noir Style | GlamAmor

To those who follow GlamAmor, it will come as no surprise that the style of film noir and the Hitchcock Heroine act as ongoing influences in fashion.  Edith Head, costume designer extraordinaire best known for her work with Alfred Hitchcock, is a hero of mine and huge influence on my own style. Rear Window was an absolute vision to me (and many others) and Edith followed it with more iconic work such as To Catch a Thief, Vertigo, and The Birds.  Edith and Hitchcock had a near perfect partnership for their similar visions of style–clean lines, tailored fit, and controlled pops of color.  Though femininity was becoming much more overt and revealing in the 1950s, both felt that suggestions of sex should be subtle and left largely to the imagination.

That is just the first paragraph, go see the rest at the link….cool pictures too.

And finally…from Medieval.net: Queenship in Medieval Europe, by Theresa Earenfight

An excerpt from Queenship in Medieval Europe:

The hundreds of articles and books published since 1993 clearly show that far from being ancillary, queens were fundamental to the smooth running of a realm. A queen was more than just a ruler or a mother, so much so that she needed an adjective to clarify precisely who she was and what she did. A queen who governed in her own right might be called ‘female king’, ‘sole queen’, or a ‘female monarch’ who exercised ‘kingly power’ or ‘regal power’, or an ‘autonomous monarch’. She was a queen-consort when she married a king, a queen-mother when she bore his children, a queen-regent when she governed for or with her husband and possessed ‘female sovereignty’. When her husband died, she was queen-dowager. To complicate matters, a queen could be some, or all, in sequence or simultaneously.

Only a regnant queen or empress stood alone. All other queens stood beside a king. A queen-consort’s proximity to the king was central to her identity and all that she did as queen. When she was physically where the king was, his acts and decisions could be approved, mediated, or contended by the queen – because custom and tradition accepted that the queen was a partner in governing the realm, no matter what form the partnership took. As a regent or lieutenant, she stood in his place while he was physically elsewhere. A queen was a nexus between a king and his subjects, a symbol of how royal dynasty can create social cohesion and form alliances.

But, just as queens embodied the unity of realm or people, they also embodied the same forces – family, foreign birth – that might tear that unity apart. It was a precarious spot, situated both inside and outside official power, that placed queens-consort in a perilous position during a crisis. They were easy scapegoats for disgruntled enemies, or for anyone more interested in self-protection than guarding the realm or the royal family. There is no more vivid sign of the power of proximity than when a king orders the exile or imprisonment of a queen.

That is an excerpt from a book Queenship in Medieval Europe | Theresa Earenfight | Macmillan If you look on the Medieval.net link you can see a coupon code for 20% off…in case anyone is looking for something to read on these chilly fall nights.

This is an open thread.


26 Comments on “Final Girls Get Medieval…an open thread”

  1. Well, I just could not bring myself to post any links to the crazy that is happening in the news, guess we can save it for the comments. 😉 Anyway, y’all have a good evening. I hope the Red Sox can bring it home tonight…they are playing again right?

  2. Oh, and I think the video should have that last scene of the original Carrie, where the hand comes out of the grave and grabs the bitch. Yeah! Now that is a Final Girl if there ever was one.

  3. And btw, from the GlamAmor blog:

    If you love learning about the HISTORY OF FASHION IN FILM, stay tuned–there will soon be an announcement of my 6 part webinar that will cover the most iconic and influential costume design from the 1920s to 1970s with their Cinema Connections to fashion today.

    • Beata says:

      GlamAmor is one of my favorite fashion-in-film blogs. I love the blog post about the influence of classic film noir on today’s designers. Great pics.

      “The Blue Dahlia” (1946) with Veronica Lake and Alan Ladd is one of my favorite noirs. The clothes, the sets, the story – I love everything about it. The blog’s pic of Lake is beautiful. Also liked the pic of Catherine Deneuve in “Belle de Jour” (1967). I had a dress similar to hers – black with a white collar and cuffs – when I was about 8. My mom wanted me to wear pink when I was little but I preferred black.

      Thanks, JJ, for a fab evening post. Nice to get away from politics.

  4. bostonboomer says:

    A JJ evening post! My day is complete. Now to go read.

  5. bostonboomer says:

    The video is good; I think they did leave out a few. Jodie Foster could be in there for a few more of her movies, including Panic Room.

  6. RalphB says:

    I really liked the Final Girl piece and some are definitely missing.

  7. bostonboomer says:

    Glenn Greenwald claims other countries don’t spy on foreign leaders….

    LA Times: Kremlin slips spying gadgets into G20 summit gift bags, newspapers say

    Russian hosts of the Group of 20 summit near St. Petersburg in September sent world leaders home with gifts designed to keep on giving: memory sticks and recharging cables programmed to spy on their communications, two Italian newspapers reported Tuesday.

    A Kremlin spokesman denied the allegations reported by Il Corriere della Sera and La Stampa, both of which attributed their stories to findings of technical investigations ordered by the president of the European Council and carried out by German intelligence.

    The USB thumb drives marked with the Russia G20 logo and the three-pronged European phone chargers were “a poisoned gift” from Russian President Vladimir Putin, Turin-based La Stampa [link in Italian] said in its report.

    “They were Trojan horses designed to obtain information from computers and cellphones,” the paper said.

    The bugging devices were included in gift bags given to all delegates who attended the Sept. 5-6 summit at the palace in Stelna, outside of St. Petersburg, the newspapers said.

  8. dakinikat says:

    The Final Days of Ken Cuccinelli
    http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2013/10/ken_cuccinelli_is_losing_badly_to_terry_mcauliffe_the_bill_clinton_ally.html

    No one would have guessed that Terry McAuliffe would be Virginia’s Democratic champion.

  9. RalphB says:

    Putrid bag of evil must think all Americans are as stupid as Dubya!

    TP: Cheney Insists Iraq War Was Worth It Because Of WMD

  10. RalphB says:

    Go Wendy! Usually Laul Burka is so republican friendly, I’m amazed…

    Texas Monthly: Greg Abbott’s Plan for Texas

    It is clear from his “Working Plan for Texans” that Greg Abbott is going to run for governor as a tea party candidate all the way. His call for stronger fiscal reforms in a state that has a long history of low taxation and low spending would have an adverse impact upon the state’s economy. This is what happens when a candidate for governor who has little knowledge of state government announces his intention to rachet down spending to minimalist levels. Abbott’s ideas will have the effect of constricting the state’s economy rather than expanding it. He says next-to-nothing about public education, for example, nor does he address health care; in other words, he ignores the two biggest and costliest areas of state services. The only solace one can take in Abbott’s vision for the future of the state is that it resolves the question of whether he would be better or worse than Rick Perry. Astonishing as it may seem, I think he is worse than Perry.

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  13. RalphB says:

    We have our own power grid, separate from the rest of the US. I found this interesting.

    Texplainer: How is the Texas Grid Managed?