“JESS: Why is it a guy who rescues her? Girls rescue people”
Thank you, Wikipedia, for a concise explanation of the FINAL GIRL horror film trope:
The final girl is a trope in thriller and horror films (particularly slasher films) that specifically refers to the last woman or girl alive to confront the killer, ostensibly the one left to tell the story. The final girl has been observed in dozens of films, including Halloween, Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream, Final Destination, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and its remake, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Hellraiser, Alien, The Strangers, The Ring, The Grudge, and Terror Train. The term was coined by Carol J. Clover in her 1992 book Men, Women, and Chainsaws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film. Clover suggests that in these films, the viewer begins by sharing the perspective of the killer, but experiences a shift in identification to the final girl partway through the film. …The final girl is the “investigating consciousness” of the film, moving the narrative forward and as such, she exhibits intelligence, curiosity, and vigilance.
Here’s a nice list of the Top 10 Final Girls from horror films.