13 Films that Reinterpret the Final Girl

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11. Behind the Mask: The Rise and Fall of Leslie Vernon (2006)

As with many of the films on this list, The Rise and Fall of Leslie Vernon is very well aware of slasher movie tropes. Done in a documentary style, the film explores these tropes by featuring a young, ambitious reporter, Taylor, following the aspiring psycho-slasher, Leslie Vernon. Adhering to the conventions of the genre, Vernon seeks the perfect final girl who will define herself and his existence in the final face off. Taylor, of course, checks all the boxes of a perfect final girl, but what sets the film apart is in seeing the killer’s quest for the final girl from his perspective.

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