This BuzzFeed article written by Louis Peitzman in 2013 titled “The 25 Fiercest Final Girls of Horror” lists 25 “Final Girls” in slasher films from as far back as the 1960s and the characteristics that make them identify as such. As we discussed in class on Wednesday and as described by Carol Clover in her book, Men, Women, and Chain Saws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film, the “Final Girl” is the female victim-hero that outlives all of the others and ends up either killing the killer or escaping (Clover 79). She is pure, intelligent, and aware (Clover 79). Although she is female, the “Final Girl” often has masculine qualities or interests and is the audience’s point of identification (Clover 80).
This article shows “Final Girls,” most from the 70s, 80s, and 90s, that all have very similar traits. Very few of the films on this list were made in the last 15 years. What this shows is that the “Final Girl” trope has been complicated by many film writers since it originated. Most of the story lines on this list are incredibly similar – fitting the “Final Girl” description to a T. Today, it is rare to see a horror film come out in which a female character is the last one standing and has all of the typical qualities of the “Final Girl” as described in Clover’s book.
This article gives 25 excellent examples of “Final Girls,” most of which are a lot less complicated than what we saw with Dana in The Cabin in the Woods.