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Women in Horror Month: 6 Real Life Lessons From Horror’s Finest Final Girls

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One of the beautiful benefits of the horror genre is that it allows its audience to witness the worst-case scenario. There’s a lot we can learn from these dreadful situations, whether it’s how to survive should we find ourselves in danger, or just general life lessons.

Yes, that’s right, there are a ton of lessons about personal growth that we can learn from the Final Girls of horror.

Though the examples are a bit extreme, the lessons learned are absolutely applicable in our daily lives. If you’re experiencing trouble with work, relationships, addictions, ambitions, or even home management (burst pipes can happen!), there is wisdom in the morality tales of our favorite scream queens.

So, to celebrate Women in Horror Month, let’s see what we’ve learned.

Laurie Strode (Halloween): Be resourceful, be prepared

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When Laurie first encounters Michael Myers, she’s certainly at a disadvantage. Protecting two children with no support, Laurie finds herself in a fight for her life using whatever she possibly can. She stabs Michael with a knitting needle, she crafts a makeshift weapon from a coat hanger, and she uses Michael’s own knife against him. Laurie is resourceful when it comes to weapons, and it ends up keeping her alive.

The lesson we can take away here is that if something unexpected comes up, use the resources available to you. Find a tool you can use for assistance, or reach out for support from a friend or professional (Dr. Loomis, perhaps). And if you have concerns that this hiccup may happen again, prepare whatever means you might need to cut its reign of terror short.

Ellen Ripley (Alien): Take no shit

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Ellen Ripley is notoriously badass. She’s strong, she’s thorough, and she will absolutely call anyone out on their bullshit. When she recognizes a bad plan, Ripley will take charge, tell you that you’re wrong, and lay out all the logic and evidence to make sure you know why.

We could all learn something from Ripley, here. If you know something is wrong, or if you have suggestions to improve, speak up to state your case. It’s better to be heard than filled with regret (or dead, if there are aliens after you).

Ginny Field (Friday the 13th Part 2): Work smarter, not harder

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When you’re going up against an obstacle as big as Jason Voorhees, you can’t just pound your way through it. Ginny knew that she was going to have to work smarter – not harder – if she wanted to survive. An aspiring child psychologist, she discovered the root of Jason’s problem and used it to her advantage.

If you have a particularly challenging task, step back and find the real source of the issue. You can save your energy by deconstructing the challenge, allowing you to approach it with a clear solution in mind. And let’s face it, you’ll need that extra energy for when your problem rears its ugly head once more.

Sidney Prescott (Scream): Make your own ending

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When faced with a horrible end concocted by two movie-obsessed maniacs, Sidney said no. She refused to let someone else determine her life; she’s the director of her own movie, and no one can take that from her.

This is a good lesson to keep in mind. Stay true to your goals and don’t give up. If there is something you’re passionate about, don’t let it go. And if someone or something else is keeping you from that goal, kindly tell them to fuck off.

Nancy Thompson (A Nightmare on Elm Street): Be your own hero

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When Nancy was in danger, she didn’t wait for someone to save her. She geared up, set an alarm, and went in to do the damn thing herself.

If you’re not where you want to be, you’ve gotta pull yourself out of that hole. Don’t wait for someone to come along and offer you the perfect opportunity; you have to put in the hard-as-hell work to make your own dreams come true.

Sally Hardesty (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre): Stay strong and know your exits

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In the face of immeasurable terror, Sally stayed strong and found her way out. Again, and again, and again. She ran away, she jumped through windows (twice), and through the trauma, she never gave up.

This lesson really goes hand-in-hand with the last one. When you find yourself in times of trouble, mark the nearest exits so you can get the hell out of there. You may get dragged back, but stay strong. Eventually, that trouble will be far behind you.

What life lessons have you learned from horror films? Share in the comments!

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New Body Horror Film ‘The Substance’ Releases Teaser

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We haven’t seen Demi Moore in a movie since The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent back in 2022. She has been busy though, she had a part in Ryan Murphy’s latest Feud chapter and now she is contemplating altering her body to make it more youthful in the body horror film The Substance.

Apparently, according to the official synopsis, there is a newly developed beauty regimen that “generates another you. A new, younger, more beautiful, more perfect you. And there’s only one rule: You share time. One week for you. One week for the new you. Seven days each. A perfect balance. Easy. Right? If you respect the balance… what could possibly go wrong?”

A still from the film (used in out header) suggests that this new technology requires a lot more than dabbing it under your eyes or administering a sticky mask. The film premiered at the 2024 Cannes Film Festival and was bought by Mubi. No US release date has been announced.

The Substance

The Substance reminds us of another FDA nightmare, The Stuff (1985) in which a commercially marketed whipped treat turns people into zombies. That film is a dark comedy about consumerism and gluttony. While Deadline reports that The Substance is humourous as well as gory, they don’t say how rooted it is in satire.

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Airbnb Scareprank Pits Influencers Against ‘The Strangers’

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The Strangers: Chapter 1 was released this week. This is the first part of Renny Harlin’s trilogy which appears to be a retelling of the 2008 original. Early reviews are passable, but many have said it is not as scary as the original and hope this first installment is just a taste of what is to come.

However, social media influencers got the scare of their lives after they were invited to an Airbnb for a special screening. As they watched the film masked home invaders visited them and their reactions were recorded.

The stunt was put together by actor/executive producer Madelaine Petsch and producer Courtney Solomon. You can watch how it played out below.

Soloman was recently interviewed by iHorror and attempted to clear up some questions about how this trilogy fits into the Strangers universe:

“The one thing that seems to register confusion amongst the OG ‘The Strangers‘ fans is that we remade the movie, or that it’s a prequel. Not really. What we did is we took the DNA of the original setup, and wanted to use that because you really can’t do better for a setup, we’re using that as the jumping-off point. Our characters are different. Our scares and our beats are very different. It’s all setting up a bigger story. You’re following these characters, and you will really get to know the protagonist and antagonist, and as they go through, it’s like they almost know each other.”

The Strangers: Chapter 1

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New ‘Insidious’ Movie Scheduled For August 2025 Release Date

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Get ready for another chapter in the Insidious universe. Variety confirms today that another movie is in the works and it could be in theaters as early as August 2025.

Unfortunately, the cast has not been revealed, nor how this entry will fit into the series overall. That means series regulars Patrick Wilson, Leigh Whannel and Lin Shaye haven’t been confirmed as returning actors.

Variety also stated that this isn’t the spinoff Thread: An Insidious Tale, starring Mandy Moore and Kumail Nanjiani that Deadline announced in 2023. They also point out if this newly announced title releases before Thread, it would be the sixth chapter in the franchise.

Insidious: The Red Door

Insidious has been a hot property for Blumhouse. Initially created by James Wan, the movies have done very well at the box office. Although the last one, Red Door got mixed reviews, it managed to rake in $189 million worldwide, a hefty haul considering the film only cost $16 million to make.

Jason Blum is cited as saying after Red Door the series would take an extended break, “It may not be a forever rest, but it’s certainly going to be a very long rest. … There’s not a plan — as there has been with every prior ‘Insidious’ movie — there’s no current plan in place for number six.”

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