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Beauty vs Beast: The Babysitter's Club

JA from MNPP here with our final Final Girl match-up "Beauty vs Beast" style before All Hallows hits us on Friday! Over the course of October we've paired off A Nightmare on Elm Street's Nancy vs Freddy, Scream's Sidney vs the boys Billy & Stu, last week the Torrances came out to play, and now... well there were Final Girls who came before and there were Final Girls who came after, but to my mind the clearest cut definition, the Platonic Ideal of Final Girlism, every box is checked with Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), heroine and survivor of John Carpenter's sleek nightmare Halloween.

Jamie Lee Curtis isn't the preeminant Scream Queen in many a fan's mind for nothing, but before I tilt the scales too far in her favor right here before the match-up let me make it clear that Laurie wouldn't work if she wasn't the immovable object meeting a truly irresistible force...

If the dance she danced was with a weaker partner (can you name JLC's character or the villain in Terror Train, for example?), and let it be said that the only movie character that's ever made its way into one of my nightmares is Michael Myers. That white mask haunting every corner of every frame, night and day-time, outside a window, behind some sheets flapping in the breeze, in every tan station wagon sitting outside your kid's school... the boogeyman is real, you guys.



You have seven days to carve your jack-o-lanterns, cut eye-holes into your sheets, and choose between the boogeyman and the babysitter -- have at it.

PREVIOUSLY Last week I asked you to pick between The Shining's Jack and Wendy Torrance - well we've found our way out of the hedge maze and just like in the movie it's Wendy that's our survivor, poor Jack left a popsicle in the past. Said Evan:

"Shelley Duvall is a Gumby-esque goddess. Her flailing around the Overlook adds a campiness that feels tonally detached from the rest of the film, but somehow still works."

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Michael might be in your nightmares, but somehow JLC is still the dream girl. Has to be Laurie all the way.

October 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHenry

Also a pro for Michael, he's kind of foxy without the mask.

BTW, you know exactly where your life is headed when, as a 12-year-old boy, you're terrified and watching Halloween for the first time, but you still have time to take a breath from the terror and say "Oooh, he's kind of cute" when Myers takes that mask off.

That's so funny you brought that point up, TPKIA - last night while I re-watched the movie my boyfriend was going on and on about what a fine figure Michael flaunts while stalking around. The majority of the shots of Michael in the movie are of Nick Castle, so that's who my bf was admiring, while its Tony Moran who did the face reveal and is in that picture you linked to.

October 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJA

Maybe we were all just grasping at straws. There's a definite absence of man-candy in Halloween, unless you're way into Bob, which...more power to you.

I am TOTALLY into Bob. Totally. John Michael Graham in those big glasses and tight jeans is 70s sexy all the way. His performance in the bedroom (all ten seconds of it) leaves something to be desired though. PJ Soles overacts her enjoyment in that sex scene so beyond the beyond - he thrusts on top of her a handful of times, rolls off with a thud, and she writhes around like her world exploded. Take it down a notch, lady.

October 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJA

Gotta go with Laurie. Thanks to the virtuous precedent she set, all teen heroines with virginal fortitude who came after were spared the slasher's wrath. Their resistance of carnal pleasure guaranteed their safety, at least until the sequel. Thanks, Laurie. I'm sure the knee socks helped.

October 27, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy


I love Michael. He's a great killer and he's got the power of William Shatner behind him...or on him? But Laurie is just THE final girl. I have to vote for my girl Jamie Lee.

October 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSad man

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