Noun | ˈfīnl ɡərl
A horror staple focusing on the female lead who refuses to be a victim, who has endured more torment than the body and mind should be able to endure, and is still standing, refusing to fully succumb to the horrors she is being subjected to.
There’s nothing we love more than a strong horror heroine so ‘Final Girl’ seemed to be the perfect opening theme for the birth of Scared to Deth. Final Girl fiercely encompasses our perspective and goals of highlighting women in the genre who show such awe inspiring bravery, intelligence, and strength against crippling terrors and all odds stacked against them. We wanted to feature these women who didn’t wait around to be saved, who refused to be victims, who were their own heroes. Since we both fell in love with horror through slasher films and the best of the sub-genre tends to have an unrelenting final girl as their heroine it drew us to honoring them through our first theme.
Our introductory photo story dives into the exploration of what the ‘Final Girl’ spirit and determination against great horror means to us and what the gritty, daunting reality can look like.
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When we were deciding on what films to review in our first theme we asked around what came to mind with the phrase ‘final girl’. Nancy was the most common answer, which is not at all surprising since she is highly regarded as one of the strongest and smartest final girls with a real thirst for survival. We love A Nightmare on Elm Street for a myriad of reasons so we were happy to dive right into such an iconic film for our first review.
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31 partially inspired us to create this site, feeling the need for an avenue to bring a voice striving for stronger female characters, although, she wasn’t our favorite brand of final girl, Sherri Moon Zombie’s character did fit the final girl theme, which seemed like a great opportunity to visit this film that had horror fans so divided.
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Eden Lake is a film that really inspired our “Final Girl” photo story through the unbeatable spirit and determination the lead shows against such vile horror that is all the more powerful for being both tragic even regarding the antagonists and all too possible; working as a strong piece on how violence is bred through bullying and manipulation. The film shows such a smart, strong, genuine final girl who really utilizes all that we admire in this role for women in the genre.
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For our last “Final Girl” film we decided to revisit Hush. The protagonist is not only an immensely relentless and spirited heroine, but also never acts without thinking, and that logic becomes her strongest asset, giving her a fighting chance in this brutal cat and mouse chase. The limited dialogue puts the focus on gripping suspense, a haunting, high adrenaline atmosphere, and fierce emotions, allowing us to both be with her in this grim battle, but also to be in awe with how well she holds her own when faced when being so mercilessly hunted.
Fight to the death with us here!