Here’s the thing. If the plot calls for her to get beat up, sure, no problem. No one I’ve been reading has a problem with that. What they have a problem with is the fact that she doesn’t even ATTEMPT to defend herself. She acts like a victim in a horror movie. She’s a fucking AVENGER, for Gods’ sake. If the script calls for her to get beat up, to lose the fight, great. I can believe the Hood got a lucky hit in, or something. I can believe something slipped under her feet and she fell and he capitalized. What I can’t believe is that she did NOTHING.
This is one of the things that drive me fucking batshit about most serial killer movies. Serial killers are guys. Just guys. He chases the heroine into a kitchen, a room full of fucking knives and other stabby, pointy implements and she screams and flails and does nothing useful. Or even better, a garage. This leads to me screaming at the screen yelling, “Pick up that tire iron and beat him like a rented mule!!! Make him call you DADDY!!!”
Here is how the opening scene of Scream would have gone had The Geek Girl What Rules been the Drew Barrymore character:
“What’s your name?”
“I like to know the name of the people I watch.”
“Oh, you’re watching me are you?” Walks to bedroom, gets gun. “Are you watching this? Yes, this is me loading my gun. Now I’m going into the bathroom which only has one entrance, and I’m going to wait with this gun pointed at the door. Now, I have a question for you: What are you going to do?”
“Um, I’m going to go bother the sorority girls down the street.” Click
And this is why girls who were raised in relatively redneck families don’t make good horror movie victims.
The “helpless girl” trope really pissed the fuck right out of me. Seriously, I think people, regardless of gender, have a far more highly developed survival instinct than that. Particularly when they are Super-fucking-heroes.