I wouldn’t normally pimp my art so blatantly here on the horror blog, but I think we can all agree this is incredibly relevant. Just finished up the cover illustration for The Final Girl, a horror movie RPG by Bret Gillan from Gas Mask Games. Currently in layout, more info will be posted when the game is closer to publication. Until then, is anyone wondering where we’re all getting this name from?
The “Final Girl” is a trope from horror films. Usually, an innocent young girl is hunted by an unstoppable slasher along with her more promiscuous friends who die one by one. As the finale unfolds, the terrified and desperate girl reaches a turning point where all of the fear and hatred turns into strength. She fights back, sometimes “killing” the monster, and remains the sole survivor. Changed forever. If you’re going to be strict about it, key examples of the Final Girl include Laurie of Halloween, Nancy of Nightmare on Elm Street, Ginny of Friday the 13th Part 2, Sally of Texas Chainsaw Massacre and… more recently… Sydney of Scream. We like to be a little more liberal with our definition, however, and that means the ULTIMATE final girl is Ellen Ripley of Alien. Show those murderers, monsters and space aliens what you’re made of, ladies. We salute you!