Horror Movie Characters Who Had Final Girl/Final Guy Potential – Part 1

Admittedly, this series is similar, but different enough than my Horror Characters I Wish Didn’t Die series. Through their intelligence, bravery, and strength, these particular characters had the potential to earn the title of Final Girl or Final Guy, but unfortunately didn’t survive their films. Now the terms Final Girl/Guy have different meanings to different horror fans. My personal definition is a character who fought for their lives and survived, so if a character technically is the final character in their film but dies in the end, they are considered for this series. I hope you enjoy and let me know who’d be on your list! (WARNING!! MAJOR SPOILERS!!!)

Brodski – Jason X

Synopsis (provided by IMDb.com): Jason Voorhees (Kane Hodder) is cryogenically frozen at the beginning of the 21st century, and is discovered in the 25th century and taken to space. He gets thawed, and begins stalking and killing the crew of the spaceship that’s transporting him.

One horror movie trope that drives me absolutely nuts is when we’re lead to believe a protagonist has died, for them to suddenly return just to die for real. Brodksi (Peter Mensah) was a hell of a soldier who survived not one but 2 stabs from Jason. He proved he couldn’t be taken down so easily, and due to unfortunate technical difficulties, he chose to stay behind and make sure Jason was killed once and for all. His sacrifice was commendable but I would’ve loved seeing him and Jason face off again.

Marcy – Cabin Fever

Synopsis (provided by IMDb.com): Five colleges graduates rent a cabin in the woods and begin to fall victim to a horrifying flesh-eating virus, which attracts the unwanted attention of the homicidal locals.

I don’t know what it is exactly about Marcy (Cerina Vincent) that makes me believe this, but I believe she had what it takes to survive. She was strong, she was smart, and she was caring. She was like the mother figure of the group and she kept a level head when everyone else was losing it. I feel she definitely would’ve survived if she was up against a regular run-of-the-mill killer, but with this virus, all these characters were doomed from the start.

Eric – Evil Dead (2013)

Synopsis (provided by IMDB.com): Five friends head to a remote cabin, where the discovery of a Book Of The Dead leads them to unwittingly summon up demons in the nearby woods.

Now, I realize the events of Evil Dead never would’ve happened if Eric (Lou Taylor Pucci) didn’t read from the Book Of The Dead, but I can’t really condemn him for that considering he had no clue what he’d be conjuring up. Aside from that, he’s the smartest and toughest in his group. He was the first one who figured out what was happening to his friends, and figured out how to stop it. He was stabbed, beaten with a crowbar, shot with a nail gun, and he took a long time to die. I have to respect his determination to survive and it feels almost doesn’t seem fair that he ended up dying after being put through all that.

Seth – See No Evil 2

Synopsis (provided by IMDb.com): An undertaker’s birthday party is interrupted when Jacob Goodnight (Glenn Jacobs) rises from the dead and proceeds to terrorize her and her friends.

Seth (Kaj-Erik Eriksen) could’ve been an unlikely and surprising hero. When he turned out to be the last one standing, I was really rooting for him against Goodnight. He put up a good fight and he ended up winning! If it wasn’t for that final scene where Goodnight miraculously comes back from being embalmed and kills Seth, we could’ve had a good setup for a possible third film with Seth as the returning hero. It’s a real shame.

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