There was a time when guys were usually the heroes of horror movies. Then the slasher movie came along.. and the "final girl" was born. Now it's almost impossible to find a horror movie where the sole survivor isn't a woman.
With that in mind, Buzzfeed.com has put together a list of the '25 Fiercest Final Girls of Horror.' Here's the Top 10:
1. Sidney Prescott from "Scream", 1996. Played by Neve Campbell. She was also the final girl in all three sequels.
Although you could argue that the "Scream" movies don't follow the classic final girl format, since Neve is part of a trio of heroes, along with Courteney Cox and David Arquette.. and all 3 of them have survived every movie.
2. Laurie Strode in "Halloween", 1978. Played by Jamie Lee Curtis. She was also the Final Girl in 1981's "Halloween 2" and 1998's "Halloween: H2O". Ironically, she was the FIRST victim in the next movie, "Halloween: Resurrection".
3. Ellen Ripley in "Alien", 1979. Played by Sigourney Weaver. She was the hero of all four "Alien" movies, although she transitioned from Final Girl to Kick-Ass Action Hero.
4. Nancy Thompson in "A Nightmare on Elm Street", 1984. Played by Heather Langenkamp. She returned for two sequels, "A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors" and "Wes Craven's New Nightmare".
5. Stretch from "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2", 1986. Played by Caroline Williams. You've probably never heard of her, or seen this movie. But it's an UNSUNG CLASSIC. It's bloody, trippy, INSANE, and also pretty funny.
6. Marybeth Dunston in "Hatchet 2", 2010. Played by Danielle Harris. They're actually up to "Hatchet 3" now, and she's in that one, too. Marybeth was the Final Girl in the original "Hatchet" as well, but she was played by Tamara Feldman in that one.
7. Kirsty Cotton in "Hellraiser", 1987. Played by Ashley Laurence. She was also in "Hellbound: Hellraiser 2" and the very crappy 2002 installment "Hellraiser: Hellseeker".
8. Mia Allen in "The Evil Dead", the remake in 2013. Played by Jane Levy. The less said about this movie the better.
9. Ginny Field in "Friday the 13th Part 2", 1981. Played by Amy Steel. Alice Hardy from the original"Friday the 13th" made it to #14 on this list. She's actually the FIRST victim in"Part 2".
10. Ash Williams, "The Evil Dead", 1979. Played by BRUCE CAMPBELL. They gave him Final GIRL status, because he does kind of act that part. By "Evil Dead 2" and "Army of Darkness", he becomes more of a kick-ass action hero.