The final girl is used as a trope in horror and slasher films, refers to the last standing girl alive to confront the killer. They often finish this dangerous game until next time… If you’re in a horror flick, there’s no higher exciting thing than being the Final Girl or one of the top 5 final girls of horror…

“She alone looks death in the face, but she alone finds the strength either to stay the killer long enough to be rescued or to kill him herself.”

 Carol Clover

The final girl term was coined by Carol Clover in her 1992 book Men, Women, and Chainsaws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film. According to her the roles are switched between the feminine killer to the masculine victim. Clover describes the final girl as a boyish, in a word. Just as the killer is not fully masculine, she is not fully feminine she said. Let’s look at the sagas and find the final girls in my personal list…

5. Sarah by Shauna Macdonald in Neil Marshall’s The Descent (2005)

The Descent is amazing movie with its clostrofobic atmosphere. See Sarah’s blood bath like Carrie and her gender representation as the final girl. Sarah character is also in The Descent Part II.

4. Sally Hardesty by Marilyn Burns in the Tobe Hooper’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

Sally Hardesty is one of the unluckiest final girls of horror… Escaping from the Leatherface, it’s the worst nightmare…

3. Nancy Thompson by Heather Langenkamp in Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Wes Craven is successful having final girlsi for example Sydney Prescott of Scream. But early times, we have a winner. In Nightmare on Elm Street, Nancy figures out how to escape from the nightmares and very good as a final girl.

2. Kirsty Cotton by Ashley Laurance in Clive Barker’s Hellraiser (1987)

Hellraiser series includes wonderful movies. Kirsty Cotton is in the mouth of madnesss always. Don’t forget to mention that she play with cenobites in a manner of dangerous way.

1. Laurie Strode by Jamie Lee Curtis in John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978)

We have a queen! Who can forget  Jamie Lee Curtis in the Laurie Strode character and who is afraid of Michael Myers with her…

Special Feature of the Top 5 List

Magnificent Ellen Ripley by Sigourney Weaver in the Alien saga

Some of us don’t accept Ripley as a final girl. This is not slasher yes but in my personal choice she is the one of the best final girls ever…

Enjoy final

Aytac Ozge Ondes