BY AMBER KELLY-ANDERSON
Role in the horror community: Last Girl Standing 2.0
Claim to fame: Raised on the slasher films of the 70s and 80s, writer Kevin Williamson, with the help of scream icon Wes Craven, crafted a tongue-in-cheek revamp of the horror genre that was both smart and scary. As the updated Last Girl Standing, Sidney Prescott (Neve Cambell) is the survivor of four close encounters of the spree-murder kind, even becoming the subject of her own film-within-films in one of the Scream series’ cleverest tricks. Sidney is a lightning rod for psychos, drawing in new killers each outing who taunt her with her past before pursuing a grisly ending. Her fame, and the desire for the killers to be part of it, is also a crucial component.
Weapon of choice: Over time Sid becomes pretty wicked with a gun, but she starts as a savvy individual who understands the rules of the horror game she’s playing, in part thanks to her platonic friend Randy Meeks. Friends are actually a pretty crucial part of Sid’s survival–her team works with Gail Weathers and Dewey Riley who, however begrudging, help the trio survive Ghostfaced killer after killer. And Sid gets an A for guts: she’ll race, leap and limp to safety when things look their darkest.
Why they are bloody brilliant: Sid, more than any of the other Final Girls, is a survivor. She has already been crippled by the death of her mother before the first movie. By the end of the fourth, she’s become a strong, vengeful woman who is not longer crippled by the events that have bathed her life in blood. Even the rule of virgins doesn’t apply to her, showing that she truly is one of a kind.