Halloween Tropes Explained: Final Girl & Death by Sex

In this video essay, ScreenPrism discusses two of the most common tropes in the horror genre—The Final Girl and Death by Sex—relating them to John Carpenter’s seminal 1978 classic, Halloween, which is to thank for popularizing many of the foundational themes still at work in the horror genre today.




Character Archetypes

Gender, Sexuality & Identity

Genre Style & Conventions

Slasher Horror

John Carpenter

Halloween Series