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We dive into the cagey issue of class division and representation in horror — from classic 80’s slashers to modern socio-political thrillers.


Ever wondered why so much horror seems to happen to the white middle class? Come wonder along with us!

The world is falling apart, but Not Your Final Girl is here to cushion the impact. Join Ariel, Candace, and Gaby as we tackle the difficult and important topic of class in horror films. This week’s episode finds us pontificating on our current pandemic moods, Purge creep, Gaby’s resting anime face, and much, much more.

Horror often mirrors some of society’s deepest fears, but what happens when that genre tendency goes head to head with America’s “bootstraps” blindness to class and race? As we’ve talked about in previous episodes, it depends on who’s telling the story.


– James DeMonaco (writer and director of the Purge series) might be an alien

– strategies for surviving the Purge IRL

– really bright green LED teeth that don’t make evolutionary sense but look cool as hell (Gaby, dental hygienist, tells all)

– human tribalism vs. so-called human benevolence

– community policing/defunding the police

– Lupita Nyong’o’s Oscar-worthy performance

– pop culture references in Us

– the brilliant mind of Jordan Peele

– the price of privilege

– why the soundtrack of Us (2019) is the best horror soundtrack since Halloween (1978).


  • Child’s Play (1988)
  • The First Purge (2018)
  • Attack the Block (2011)
  • Us (2019)


Not Your Final Girl is a podcast hosted by three women (Gaby Castellanos, Ariel Dyer, and Candace Sluder) just trying to make it to the end of the movie. Join us bi-weekly for deep dives into horror with a fresh take on the genre we love! A proud part of the Morbidly Beautiful Podcast Network. Our drive for intersectionality aligns well with the Morbidly Beautiful ethos. We love that MB is a nonprofit that gives back to the horror community, and are thrilled to be a part of the network.

The original music/theme song for the show was done by Ariel Dyer, Our main show logo/artwork was created by Gabrielle Steiger (@rabbitfoods on Instagram), and our vampire girl artwork was created by Brian Demarest (@evilflynn on Instagram). 

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