Box office success for movies such as "Halloween," "Friday the 13th" and "A Nightmare on Elm Street" helped give birth to the slasher film craze of the 1980's. The genre gained a new lease on life with the release of the original "Scream" trilogy a decade later. Specific conventions define most films falling within this particular genre. One hallmark is a virtually unstoppable killer with an endless supply of energy, stamina and survivability that dispatches victims left and right. Another is the final girl, a virginal heroine who always engages in a desperate final battle with the unstoppable killer in the movie’s climax. Slasher victims fit into similar conventions. These types of victims you can find in practically any slasher film.
A slasher film will typically contain at least one teenage athlete in its roster of victims. It can be anything from the quarterback on the football team to the captain of the basketball team. This character's main function is to act as a bully or jerk to the protagonist. Often, their fate at the hands of the killer is seen as a dose of karma for their earlier violent behavior.
The Popular Girl
slasher film. This character can take the form of the head cheerleader in at high school setting or the dominant sorority sister in a college setting. Like the jock character, the popular girl is portrayed as an antagonist to the "final girl" protagonist. She always meets her fate on the heels of committing some sin – typically sex with another ill-fated character.
At some point in a slasher film, you are confronted with a slacker. This character can be a stoner, but it is not always the case. Typically, they are some goon into partying and doing reckless activities. The killer will use this behavior to his advantage, turning the slacker's reckless and rebellious nature against them and killing them when they lash out and ignore the protagonist's advice or direction.
The Best Friend
slasher film protagonist inevitably has a best friend who falls on the victim list. While good at heart, this character exhibits moral flaws not present in the protagonist. Maybe it is penchant for sex or drugs. Perhaps they were involved in the original crime that brought forth the killer. The death of the best friend is usually the act that strengthens the protagonist's resolve to face down the killer and defeat them in the movie's climax.