Charlize Theron at the 2020 Oscars

The Final Girl Support Group: Charlize Theron’s new horror series is a beautiful feminist nightmare

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We honestly can’t wait to lose sleep over Charlize Theron’s new horror series, The Final Girl Support Group… 

Fast-paced, thrilling, and every bit as smart as it is terrifying, Grady Hendrix’s The Final Girl Support Group is exactly the kind of horror novel that’s long been screaming for a TV or film adaptation. 

Now, finally, someone has heard its cries – and not just any old someone; the award-laden Charlize Theron, no less. 

And, even better, she’s joining forces with HBO for the project.

Intrigued? Here’s what you need to know about the horror series.

What’s the plot of The Final Girl Support Group?

Every horror fan worth their salt knows that the so-called ‘final girl’ is the one who’s left standing (albeit usually bleeding and swaying gently) at the end of a slasher film. 

She’s the girl who fought back, defeated the killer, and avenged her friends. She’s Scream’s Sidney, or Halloween’s Laurie, or I Know What You Did Last Summer’s Julie. And she’s the one the journalists surge towards just before the credits roll, their and microphones raised in order to get the first ‘on the record’ quote from our victorious heroine.

But after the sirens fade, the cameras stop flashing, and the audience moves on, what happens to her?

Drew Barrymore in cult horror movie Scream, in 1996
Drew Barrymore in cult horror movie Scream (1996).

As per The Final Girl Support Group’s synopsis, “Lynnette Tarkington is a real-life final girl who survived a massacre 22 years ago, and it has defined every day of her life since. And she’s not alone.

“For more than a decade she’s been meeting with five other actual final girls and their therapist in a support group for those who survived the unthinkable, putting their lives back together, piece by piece. That is until one of the women misses a meeting and Lynnette’s worst fears are realised; someone knows about the group and is determined to take their lives apart again, piece by piece.”

Thankfully, though, these women aren’t willing to sit back and let another psycho in a mask ruin their lives.

Because, “no matter how bad the odds, how dark the night, how sharp the knife, they will never, ever give up.”

Who is working on The Final Girl Support Group?

Deadline was the first to break the news of the upcoming horror TV adaptation, and the site has confirmed that Andy Muschietti (as in, yes, the same Andy Muschietti who brought us It and It Chapter Two) is set to direct the pilot. 

Theron, AJ Dix, Beth Kono and Andrew Haas will executive produce for the actor’s production studio, Denver & Delilah Films.

Meanwhile, the original book’s author, Hendrix, will serve as executive producer.

When can we watch The Final Girl Support Group?

Production has yet to begin on the project (they haven’t even cast the main characters yet!), so we’re predicting a 2023 release date for this one at the very earliest.

Personally, this writer can’t wait to see the ‘final girls’ in action. Anyone else ridiculously excited?

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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is Stylist’s digital editor-at-large. Her specialist topics include comic books, films, TV and feminism. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends.

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