To say that the horror genre isn’t known for treating
its survivors too well is an understatement—there’s definitely a sturdy union
to be established for the many final girls and unlikely sole survivors who are
owed serious sums of workman’s comp having shown up to appear in a sequel only to
be offed within the first few frames of the next instalment.
There are a few reasons why this trope is so prevalent,
chief amongst them the fact that often the primary draw of horror franchises is
the reappearing villain rather than the hero. Outside of the subversive Scream
series, most slasher fans are checking out the latest Friday the 13th
or A Nightmare on Elm Street flick to see the new inventive murder methods
devised by Jason Voorhees and Freddy Krueger rather than the continued adventures
of Nancy, Alice, or whatever other fortunate soul made it out of their last
masked murderer encounter alive.
Now admittedly this isn’t always the case, and the
likes of prolific horror maestro Stephen King often create characters whose
stories span various instalments. However even in these cases Hollywood, unlike
the world of paperbacks, has a hard time doing justice to recurring horror characters,
often giving them the short shrift and undoing their contributions to sequels.
Maybe actors wanted too much compensation, maybe producers
needed you to know that this time the threat was serious—whatever the case,
here are ten times when horror franchises did their returning heroes dirty.