In a way, horror movies that leave no survivors are the antithesis of a movie trope. The final girl trope is one that is fairly predictable, but endearing to fans of the genre. The final girl, or sometimes the final boy, is one of the most effective ways to continue a story. That way, the original villain can come back for revenge. Killing off every character in a horror movie is shocking and unexpected. In these situations, the potential series either stops dead in its tracks or must continue in a more creative way. Most of the time, these movies start from scratch with each new iteration and follow the killer or villain of the series instead of a protagonist.
Like Jenkins’ original ‘Wonder Woman,’ this sequel spins out of control once the villains gain their full power, shifting from engaging character-based comedy to eye-crossing, CGI-bloated super-battle. (Cue Hans Zimmer’s typically overzealous thunder score.) Jenkins is an enormously talented filmmaker on whom the studio took a chance — one that’s seldom questioned when conferred upon men — and she proves her worth by never letting the spectacle drown out the performances. Unlike so many of DC’s impossibly chiseled leading men, the undeniably gorgeous Gadot makes Wonder Woman’s qualities seem relatable — and therefore worthy of aspiring to.
Killing every main character in a horror movie is a memorable choice because it’s often such a surprise to the audience. Leaving no survivors has a way of changing the tone and meaning of a movie. When it’s done right, it’s a powerful ending to a horror movie. Here’s a look at some notable examples of horror movies in which no one survives.
Why do we always have to be reminded of Wonder Woman’s purpose? Why can’t she just be? The 2017 ‘Wonder Woman’ held some promise that a new breed of superhero movies directed by women, and starring women, might actually be less formulaic than the guy-centric ones. Jenkins and Gadot built some wit into the thing: Diana, having been raised in a society of fiercely self-sufficient women athletes and warriors, had never seen a man before Steve Trevor dropped into her sights, and she had some fun figuring out the mysteries of this adorably inferior creature. Now, in addition to swinging her magic lasso around now and then, she’s saddled with a few too many dull, lofty speeches about truth. This, apparently, is the equality we fought for.”