Let’s face it- when you’re a teenager, life can feel lonely. The trials and tribulations of growing up can be tough all on your own. However, a partner-in-crime standing shoulder-to-shoulder with you can be the key to facing down these challenges. Everyone could use a supportive bestie to help deal with alien attacks in your neighborhood, boys after your soul, and high school in general.
Continuing our celebration of teen terror, here is a list ranking The 10 Best High School BFFs in Horror!
10. Anna and John – Anna and the Apocalypse (2018)
Starting off the list on a high note (quite literally) are Anna (Ella Hunt) and John (Malcolm Cumming) from the zombie musical Anna and the Apocalypse. This up beat film follows Anna and her friends as they prepare for Christmas break and ponder their post-graduation futures. Anna and John are the best of friends, complete with inside jokes and catchy duets. The whole film, in light of the circumstances, remain optimistic and focused on their non-zombie related issues. They support each other emotionally and when the time comes, one is willing to sacrifice them self for the other. The film is great coming-of-age movie and I can always appreciate a good platonic guy/girl friendship.
9. Mick and Pnub – Idle Hands (1999)
Mick (Seth Green) and Pnub (Eldon Henson) may not have been the main attractions in Idle Hands, but that didn’t stop these two best pals from stealing our hearts. The horror comedy follows Anton Tobias (Devon Sawa), who is having a hard time keeping his hands to himself (to say the least). When Anton’s possessed hand kills his buddies Mick and Pnub, the two refuse heaven and return as zombies. But no hard feelings, broski! They aren’t back for revenge, they just want to smoke more weed and help their friend with his hand situation. Not only did these two prove their friendship could last beyond the grave, but became Anton’s guardian angels. The highest level of “We got your back, dude.”
8. Moses and his Boys – Attack the Block (2011)
Not limiting this list to pairs, next we have a dedicated crew from the sci-fi/horror adventure Attack the Block. In Joe Cornash’s alien invasion flick, we follow a rambunctious group of boys (Moses, Pest, Dennis, Jerome, and Biggz) as they defend their small neighborhood from extraterrestrial monsters. These scrappy boys initially are out for a night of shenanigans, they quickly grow up as they must stick together in order to save the block. It’s really inspiring how the friends and film rally around Moses (pre-Star Wars John Boyega), who is initially perceived as no good, as he becomes a hometown hero.
7. Lily and Amanda – Thoroughbreds (2017)
I’m a sucker for a good reunion, so consider me a fan of the psychopaths from Thoroughbreds, Lily (Anya Taylor Joy) and Amanda (Olivia Cooke). Over time, friendships change and sometimes you grow apart. When Lily and Amanda reunite, unfulfilled with their current lives reconnect over hatching a murderous plan to solve all of their problems. The two girls couldn’t be more different and Amanda’s lack of emotions makes things even more complicated but in their own twisted way, the girls make each other’s lives better.
6. Ben, Carter, and Augie – Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015)
This trio of buddies from Christopher B Landon’s Scout’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse are truly prepared for anything. Ben (Tye Sheridan), Carter (Logan Miller), and Augie (Joey Morgan) are lifelong friends connected by their shared boy scout troop. This film featured a very refreshing look at the friendships of teenage boys, particularly when it comes to loyalty. Even when the trio are emotionally divided, they still come together to save their classmates from a zombie apocalypse and worry about making up later. Plus, Tye Sheridan, Logan Miller, and Joey Morgan clearly had a great time together reflective in their genuine on-screen chemistry.
5. Sadie and McKayla – Tragedy Girls (2017)
2 BFFs you wouldn’t want to piss off on social media are McKayla (Alexandra Shipp) and Sadie (Brianna Hildebrand) of 2017’s sleek slasher Tragedy Girls. We all know how rare it is to find someone as crazy as you are with similar interests like crime journalism and murder, but we’re not all as lucky as these two! Tragedy Girls follows the pair as they go to extreme lengths to get more followers for their true crime blog. But it’s these extreme lengths that show the love and support these two psychopaths have for one another as the body count rises throughout the film. The performances by Alexandra Shipp and Brianna Hilderbrand, along with the use of social media, make these two feel very modern and real.
4. Billy and Stu – Scream (1996)
Next up are the original tragedy girls (or tragedy boys, rather) seeking fame through murder, Billy (Skeet Ulrich) and Stu (Matthew Lillard) from the cult classic Scream. Every scene with these two are a delight between their witty banter and the chemistry between Matthew Lillard and Skeet Ulrich. Lillard’s charisma in particular has made him the quintessential scary movie best friend while doubling as an entertaining villain. These two have each other’s back until the very end…of the movie when Billy decides double cross him. Not cool, bro.
3. Lily, Bex, Sarah, and Em – Assassination Nation (2018)
Squad up for the gals of Assassination Nation, a tight knit group whoe becomes even closer after their small town loses their minds following numerous internet scandals. Lily (Odessa Young), Sarah (Suki Waterhouse), Bex (Hari Nef), and Em (Abra) make up the hottest clique in school who are beyond sisters: from basically living at each other’s houses to synchronized walking. However, these glam girls must get tough as they are targeted by everyone in town and must survive the Mad Max-esque wasteland. This is on top of all the social issues and adversity that comes with growing up as a teenage girl in the modern internet age. This film is a balls to the wall injection of Girl Power straight into your eyeballs.
2. Jennifer and Needy – Jennifer’s Body (2009)
These two besties just celebrated an anniversary recently, as Jennifer’s Body was released 10 years ago. Needy (Amanda Seyfried) and Jennifer (Megan Fox) have been inseparable since they were kids, despite their polar opposite personalities. This of course is tested in the film when the titular character becomes a blood-crazed succubus. Even though Needy eventually has to kill her BFF, she still loves her as we see her exact revenge on the band of her fallen friend. Jennifer’s Body is a cult classic for a reason, praised for its depiction of the complicated nature of female friendships and the girls’ platonic love for one another.
1. Sarah, Bonnie, Nancy, and Rochelle – The Craft (1996)
And topping the list is a coven of some of the baddest witches to grace cinema: Sarah, Bonnie, Nancy, and Rochelle of The Craft. When new girl Sarah is taken in by a group of outcasts rumored to be witches, she gets a lot more than friendship when she discovers their powers are real. Together, they use their spells to get back at their bullies and tormentors while growing closer together as friends. The power eventually corrupts the group, but that doesn’t taint the girls’ status as powerhouse BFFs. The Craft has grown a strong cult following over the years and have been a constant symbol for friendship and girl power for 23 years. Every group of besties know who the Sarah and Nancy are of their covens!
Best friends come in many shapes and sizes, but we all know a good one when we see one. Though being a list of horror movies, some of these friends might have a twisted idea of friendship. But that’s high school right, you gotta do what you gotta do to get by and surround yourself with friends to survive! BFFs in horror really test the limits of loyalty, especially when faced with extreme circumstances like zombies and murder. Back to school is in full effect and when the going gets tough, just throw one of these movies on. Your best fiends at NOFS got your back!
Who’s your favorite high school BFFs in horror? Would your BFF have your back if aliens attacked or if evil forces conspired to consume your soul? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook, and in the Nightmare on Film Street subreddit!