“You solved the box, we came. Now you must come with us, taste our pleasures.”
“Kirsty…They didn’t tell you, did they? They’ve changed the rules of the fairy tale. Now I’m longer just the wicked stepmother. Now I’m the evil queen.”
“Fred Krueger did it, Daddy. And only I can get him. It’s my nightmare he comes to.”
Both the Hellraiser and Nightmare on Elm Street series fit the archetype in some ways. A young female heroine battles the forces of evil, specifically the adversaries Pinhead and Freddy, respectively, whose strange, dark, labyrinthine realms keep seeping into her life (through the magic box in Hellraiser, and through dreams in Nightmare). In fact, in both movies the girl returns to her own home or other “normal” setting within the Otherworld at some point. She has a number of companions, in particular another young girl who’s going through the same thing, who she helps and guides. Both also results from the mistakes of parents or other adults.
While Young Adult Fantasy is the most common genre for Girls Underground books, horror appears to be the most frequent film genre in which to find the archetype.