Final girls, final boys, and horror movie survivors tend to have one thing in common: They’re lucky. When you think about it, the best horror movies don’t have super capable main characters who are able to go toe-to-toe with characters like Jason Voorhees or a bunch of creatures from another dimension. These survivors tend to be lucky more than anything; they’re either saved by something as natural as the sunrise or the dreaded deus ex machina.
Just because these characters aren’t extremely capable doesn’t mean that they’re not good, it’s just that they never expected to be in a situation where they had to deal with a sleep demon or a bunch of aliens that want to take over their high school. The odds are stacked against every character in a horror movie, but these survivors are seriously out of their element.
As far as characters in horror movies go, Sally isn't particularly skilled. You don't have to know how to work a chainsaw or be a skilled safecracker to survive in the genre, but it doesn't hurt. Sally is just a teenager who's on a road trip with her friends when she runs into Leatherface and his vicious, backwoods family.
Every one of her friends are dispatched by various means, but Sally escapes the family and lives to tell the tale. She's manhandled, hit in the head with a meat tenderizer, and cut up after jumping through a glass window thanks to what can either be considered gumption or just pure chance.
- Played By: Marilyn Burns
- 2392 VOTESPhoto: Warner Bros.
Wendy Torrance has a tough run of things in The Shining. Not only is her husband an abusive alcoholic, but her son is suffering from seizures, and she's in a haunted hotel in the middle of winter - that's not a recipe for surviving a horror movie. As she's chased through the Overlook by her husband, who's powered by ghosts, the best she can do is run as fast as she can and scream her head off.
The most she does to warrant her survival is scream for Jack Torrance to stop, which of course, he doesn't. The only way she manages to get away is Scatman Cruthers showing up and catching an ax in the back.
- Played By: Shelley Duvall
- 3325 VOTES
Dwight 'Dewey' Riley From ‘Scream’Photo: Dimension Films
In a fair and just world, Dewey wouldn't have made it out of Scream alive, and his sister Tatum would have at least made it to the sequel. Dewey is incompetent at best, and just straight-up terrible at his job on his worst days. When Ghostface shows up and starts knocking off teens, he's more concerned with flirting with Gale Weathers than solving the case.
Somehow, his intelligent, cool sister winds up smushed in a garage door, and even though he's stabbed in the back and left without a medical care for hours, he not only lives through the film, but he survives through every sequel and becomes town sheriff by the fourth film. Talk about failing up.
- Played By: David Arquette
- 4223 VOTES
Kirsty Cotton is completely out of her depth with the Cenobites, her evil stepmother, and the uncle who's come back from the grave that's eating people up in the attic. Having just moved to England with her father, she's not even prepared to contact the authorities when things go belly up and her stepmother starts bringing men home while she's sleeping with the reanimated cadaver of her uncle.
After she unlocks the Lament Configuration, opening a portal between her world and that of the Cenobites, the only thing that keeps her from being dragged to hell is the fact that Pinhead and his minions are interested in seeing what they can do for her. If they were having a bad day (whatever that is in the underworld), they would have flayed her alive.
As the film comes to a climax and the Cenobites have ripped her uncle's soul apart and are now closing in on her and her boyfriend, Kristy only manages to survive when a wooden beam falls on one of the monsters.
- Played By: Ashley Laurence