Gender in the Horror Film Term Paper

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There is a chapter entitled "Getting Even" which talks about many films that have rape as a story line and the victim gets even. This chapter was the most obscure to me, because many of the films the author mentioned did not seem to fit into the horror genre, or were pretty much unknown films (at least to me). I understand the problem with rape-related horror films, and how they often make the victim appear as if she subconsciously wanted to be raped, but I do not think the examples the author uses are the most effective. I did not relate to this chapter as much because I did not know the films, and I think that weakened the book for me. It would have helped if the films were more well-known, or there were other examples that proved the point. The other point of this chapter, that women have to arm themselves to survive, does seem to come up in many other films, so that point made more sense and I could see that element in many horror films where the woman is victorious against
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the villain or monster.

Finally, the "Eye of Horror" was probably the best chapter in the book for me. That image of the large, frightened eyes does occur in many horror films, although I did not stop to think about it before reading this chapter. That made me think about so many films that contain this image, and how effective it is at conveying fear and horror. I learned a lot from this book - not so much that women are victims, but there are so many tiny elements in horror films that combine to make the whole more frightening and horrific. This book was probably the least valuable of the three to me, but it did make me think about single images in films and how effective they can be. It shows that every element of the film, from plot to character to single image, are well thought out to make the viewer afraid, and make them want to see more, as well.

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Clover, Carol J. Men, Women, and Chain Saws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press,…

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Clover, Carol J. Men, Women, and Chain Saws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1992.

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