In the horror genre, and particularly the slasher subgenre, there is heavy use of a character labeled “The Final Girl.” This is the female protagonist of the film that is the last character left alive, and the one that stops, or evades, the antagonist. The rest of the characters are often stupid and have little depth, and therefore are nothing more than fresh meat for the villain to kill. The Final Girl, however, is typically moral, intelligent and resourceful. Here are 10 of the greatest Final Girls who managed to defeat some of horror’s most iconic villains.
10. Julie James – I Know What You Did Last Summer
Although I Know What You Did Last Summer (and the sequel) is very much a simple slasher involving attractive girls running away from a mysterious assailant, it does make good use of the Final Girl character. This is Julie James (Jennifer Love Hewitt), who proves herself to be this character early on by suggesting that they call the police after running over a pedestrian (good morals). They go against her wishes and dump the body in the ocean. A year later they find themselves being stalked after Julie receives a message saying “I know what you did last summer.” Her friends are killed one by one, and Julie gradually unravels the mystery and narrowly avoids death (with a little help from Ray, who also survives). She comes agonizingly close to surviving the sequel too, but seems to be killed by the fisherman in the final scene of the film.