Who Would Be the Final Girl in a Final Girl Face-Off?

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Sidney Prescott vs. Karla Wilson

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Sidney Prescott vs. Karla Wilson
Neve Campbell as Sidney Prescott in 1996's Scream, left, and Brandy as Karla Wilson in 1998's I Still Know What You Did Last Summer Photo: Dimension Films/Columbia Pictures

Sidney Prescott (Scream franchise)

Number of movies survived: Five
Number of movies not survived: None
Pros:

Millennial Laurie Strode vibes–if only she were as paid.

She’s got trust issues, which normally might not be a good thing IRL. In a horror movie though, skepticism is as good as immortality.

She’s as compassionate as she is tough as nails (see Scream 3 when she becomes a crisis counselor for abused women).

Given everyone she’s ever cared about has either been brutally murdered or betrayed her, she’s psychologically resilient as well as physically resilient.

Can and will kill people–like, multiple people–if she has to.

Karla Wilson (I Know What You Did Last Summer franchise)

Number of movies survived: One
Number of movies not survived: None
Pros:

I mean, it’s Brandy.

As a matter of course, she prowls around her apartment with enough stealth to be mistaken for a killer by Jennifer Love Hewitt’s character, Julie, and then takes it in stride when a scared Julie threatens her with a knife. That’s grace on top of grace.

Can kickbox; is a former lifeguard.

Survives a fall through a greenhouse and some shelves. “You don’t have to worry about me. Made of steel,” she says at one point, and it’s clearly the case.

Ducks out toward the end of the movie to let Julie face the hook guy herself, which is smart.

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