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Sally Hardesty vs. Maxine Minx

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Sally Hardesty  vs. Maxine Minx
Marilyn Burns as Sally Hardesty in 1974's The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, left, and Mia Goth as Maxine Minx in 2022's X. Photo: New Line Cinema/A24

Sally Hardesty (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre franchise)

Number of movies survived: One
Number of movies not survived: One*
Pros:

“She is abject terror personified,” writes Carol J. Clover of the prototypical final girl. She could be describing Sally herself.

She has endurance—the last third of Tobe Hooper’s 1974 Texas Chain Saw Massacre original is basically her being subjected to horrors and screaming her head off.

To save herself, she jumps out a damn window.

In the 2022 Netflix Texas Chainsaw Massacre requel, she has an “I’ve-been-waiting” vibe similar to Laurie Strode.

* This is complicated by the disconnected timeline of the franchise. In the movie’s third entry, Leatherface, it’s stated that she’s dead, though she appears in a cameo in the fourth entry, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation.

Maxine Minx (X)

Number of movies survived: One (soon to be two?)
Number of movies not survived: None
Pros:

She not only survived a massacre at the farmhouse but also a fanatical Christian preacher for a father.

A master of blue eyeshadow and overalls.

Is there anyone more dangerous than someone driven by their own ambition?

Adept behind the wheel.

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