The Slasher Movie Final Girl: Trope Explained! Subscribe: // TIMESTAMPS BELOW
Tune into WatchMojo Live on YouTube May 31 : WatchMojo Live Creative Forum 2 pm – 5 pm: : WatchMojo Live Party 6 pm- 9 pm: Final girls are as important to the slasher genre as the iconic killers themselves. So what makes this archetype so compelling? From the classics like Black Christmas, Friday the 13th, Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, to meta genre deconstructions like Scream, The Cabin in the Woods, It Follows, and You’re Next, all these films have their own interpretations of the final girl that share many characteristics, but are nonetheless distinct. On this episode of WatchMojo’s Troped, we’ll be looking at the origins of the final girl to see where they came from and why we still root for them.

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  1. I think a nod to Behind the Mask : the Rise of Leslie Vernon would have been nice. It has a fake final girl, a surprise final girl and a probably ex final girl now dating “her” killer, and it reflects a lot on the relationship between the killers and their final girls.

  2. All this analysis stuff is really just complicating the main factor: it’s easier for the audience to feel fear and suspense in a horror film if the protagonist is female as opposed to male. Women, in general, get scared more easily and have a harder time fighting back, so the stakes feel a lot higher with them as the lead. This makes it possible for these character to be well written and feel real.

    When the main character in a horror film is male, it’s usually played with more humor and with far less realism. Ash anyone?

  3. yeah this physically doesn’t make sense. women are obviously the weaker sex. in real life it sure as hell wouldn’t be some dumb bitch to save the day. this trope needs to end on grounds of absolute fantasy

  4. Erin from You’re next is the best final girl. she’s never helpless throughout that movie. she just has pure badass in her bones

  5. a few movies like scream 3 covered the final girl’s PTSD and years of therapy.

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