Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Women in Horror: Sally Hardesty

It happened on August 18th, 1973.

Sally Hardesty and her invalid brother Franklin were on a road trip through rural Texas with their friends when they were accosted by a deranged family of backwoods cannibals. Although the rest of her group was murdered, this cannibal clan saw something special in Sally, so much so that rather than kill her, they gave her a dinner invitation.

It was terror that was on the menu that night.

Some may fault Sally because when it came time for fight-or-flight, she chose flight. But when a madman with a chainsaw approaches you, the smart money is on running, and that's exactly what she did. She ran like a marathon champion, and when they caught her, she bided her time and then she ran again. No obstacle--certainly no plate glass window--was going to stop her from getting to safety.

Franklin's wheels couldn't save him. Jerry's keen fashion sense couldn't save him. And Pam's ass couldn't save her--which is a damn shame, if you ask me.  But Sally survived, among other things, being beaten with a broom and sucked on by an old man.  The only one to escape the events of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, she owes it all to her stamina, pristine lungs, and sculpted calves.

This is why we salute you, Sally Hardesty, and your beautiful green eyes, during 2012's Women in Horror month.


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