This final girl has all the swag.
This early holiday treat echoes the final moments of John Carpenter’s Halloween, only on Christmas, where Santa has fallen off the balcony and lay in the snow bleeding to death.
Nicholas Santos‘s festival favorite “Holiday Fear” takes place in the final act of a slasher film, where Bruce attempts to reclaim his manliness and impress the final girl by finishing off the killer. It turns out, well, that he’s a pussy…
“With ‘Holiday Fear’, I wanted to pay tribute to the strong female characters that slasher films of the late ’70s and early ’80s created,” Santos told BDM. “These movies are often remembered as sexist, but they’re also responsible for creating the archetype of the ‘final girl.’ The ‘final girl’ archetype has its problems — she is almost always a beautiful, white, young, straight virgin, who is spared by the killer precisely because she represents this misogynist ideal. But the ‘final girls’ can also be appreciated as resilient, feminist renegades, who have successfully infiltrated male-dominated horror genres for decades. My protagonist embodies the ‘final girl’ while crudely challenging the antagonist’s (and viewers’) concept of masculinity.”