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Men, Women, and Chain Saws: Gender in Modern Horror Film

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Do the pleasures of horror movies really begin and end in sadism? So the public discussion of film assumes, and so film theory claims. Carol Clover argues, however, that these films work mainly to engage the viewer in the plight of the victim-hero, who suffers fright but rises to vanquish the forces of oppression.

Clover, a medievalist, had written extensively on the literature and culture of early northern Europe, especially the Old Norse sagas. From her expertise in formulaic narrative grew her interest in contemporary cinema, which is, after all, yet another form of oral storytelling. Men, Women, and Chain Saws investigated the appeal of horror cinema, in particular the phenomenal popularity of those "low" genres that feature female heroes and play to male audiences: slasher, occult, and rape-revenge films. Such genres seem to offer sadistic pleasure to their viewers, and not much else. Clover, however, argued the reverse: that these films are designed to align spectators not with the male tormentor, but with the female tormented--with the suffering, pain, and anguish that the "final girl," as Clover calls the victim-hero, endures before rising, finally, to vanquish her oppressor.

The book has found an avid readership from students of film theory to major Hollywood filmmakers, and the figure of the final girl has been taken up by a wide range of artists, inspiring not just filmmakers but also musicians and poets.

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Do the pleasures of horror movies really begin and end in sadism? So the public discussion of film assumes, and so film theory claims. Carol Clover argues, however, that these films work mainly to engage the viewer in the plight of the victim-hero, who suffers fright but rises to vanquish the forces of oppression.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [243]-253) and index.

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ISBN:
9780691006208
Author:
Clover, Carol J.
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Author:
Clover, Carol J.
Location:
Princeton, N.J. :
Subject:
Film - General
Subject:
Social aspects
Subject:
Film - History & Criticism
Subject:
Performing arts
Subject:
Motion pictures
Subject:
Women in motion pictures
Subject:
Horror films
Subject:
Sex role in motion pictures.
Subject:
Film & Video - History & Criticism
Subject:
Film Studies
Subject:
Gender Studies
Subject:
Film and Television-History and Criticism
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
104-859
Publication Date:
March 1993
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
19 halftones
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.12 in 14 oz

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