Final Girls are a breed of their own. Smart, strong, independent, and altogether the badasses of the horror genre - they're the women that adapt to whatever hellish situation they're trapped in and fight tooth and nail to ensure they make it to the end. You get in the way of a Final Girl, and you'll be paying with your life.
And horror movies love to let you know who this will be from the very opening moment. They train our focus onto one underprepared, naive girl that has to transform into some otherworldly powerhouse of endurance, marking them out as the chosen one with horror movie magic powers of survival.
But every so often, this surefire hero we're all but convinced will be kicking ass and digging graves is snatched out of our comfort zone, killed in cold blood to shake up a formula and prove not even the characters built to outlast these horrors can manage it.
They're the would have beens, the should have beens- not Final Girls, but the Girls that fall at the Final hurdle, instead.
So here's to the women that were bonafide survivors in everything but survival. Let's pour one out for the Final Girls who never were...