The term 'Final Girl' was first coined in 1992 by Carol Clover in her book, Men, Women, and Chainsaws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film. Not only does it refer to the women who survive the wrath of the villains in horror movies, but it also refers to the characters that the viewers see the movie through. In almost all horror movies, especially since Halloween in 1978, we start off by seeing the action through the eyes of the antagonist to establish a little bit of who they are. Then, somewhere along the way (usually after the opening scene concludes), the point-of-view changes to that of final girl.
Now naming the hottest final girls in horror movies is a little bit tricky because part of the trope of the final girl is that she is virginal. As is often the case in these movies, the more attractive the woman is, the more sexualized she is and the sooner she's going to die. It's a harsh fact of the horror movie universe for good looking women. Horror movies, especially slashers, punish loose morals in teenagers and no one has looser morals than pretty women.
Even though many of the horror movies in the past 20 years have gone about subverting the genre's tropes, typically considered meta-horror films (see Scream, Tucker and Dale vs. Evil and Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon), the majority of final girls are more closely connected with masculine characteristics. This has led to many of the very best final girls being far from supermodel level attractiveness, characters like Laurie Strode (Halloween), Alice Hardy (Friday the 13th), Nancy Thompson (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Sally Hardesty (Texas Chainsaw Massacre) and Ellen Ripley (Alien). Amazing women, but not necessarily the best looking. That doesn't mean that no final girls are attractive, though. In fact, there are some final girls who are insanely good looking. Here's a list of the very best, the 15 Hottest 'Final Girls' in Horror Movies.
15 Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) – Scream
14 Ginny Field (Amy Steel) – Friday the 13th Part 2
13 Lila Crane (Vera Miles) – Psycho
12 Mia Allen (Jane Levy) – Evil Dead (2013)
11 Kirsty Cotton (Ashley Laurence) – Hellraiser
10 Erin Harson (Sharni Vinson) – You're Next
9 Judy Dutten (Radha Mitchell) – The Crazies
8 Julie James (Jennifer Love Hewitt) – I Know What You Did Last Summer
7 Lori Campbell/Maddie Curtis (Monica Keena) – Freddy vs. Jason/Night of the Demons
6 Clear Rivers (Ali Larter) – Final Destination
5 Erin (Jessica Biel) – Texas Chainsaw Massacre
4 Kelly Driscoll (Jessica Szohr) – Piranha 3D
3 Cassidy (Briana Evigan) – Sorority Row
2 Grace Andrews (Sophia Bush) – The Hitcher
1 Casey Beldon (Odette Annable) – The Unborn
Actress Odette Annable (she used to go by Yustman) is the kind of hot that makes people angry. She's so damn good looking that she steals the show even when she's in the background of a movie (like Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story). The Unborn was, by no means, great. But the final girl, Casey Beldon, makes it all worthwhile. Even if you hate horror films, you've got to watch her in this one. Call it a science experiment. The marketing crew knew well what they were doing by using a shot of her in her undies as the cover image for the film. She's a thing of beauty, a magical beast, and we love her.
Sources: Wikipedia; IMDB; Rotten Tomatoes
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