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The Final Girl: A Few Thoughts on Feminism and Horror By Donato Totaro
One of the more important, if not groundbreaking, accounts/recuperations of the horror film from a feminist perspective is the 1993 Carol Clover's "Men, Women, and Chainsaws". One of the book's major points concerns the structural positioning of what she calls the Final Girl in relation to spectatorship. While most theorists label the horror film as a male-driven/male-centered genre, Clover points out that in most horror films, especially the slasher film, the audience, male and female, is structurally 'forced' to identify with the resourceful young female (the Final Girl) who survives the serial attacker and usually ends the threat (until the sequel anyway.) So while the narratively dominant killer's subjective point of view may be male within the narrative,the male viewer is still rooting for the Final Girl to overcome the killer. We can see this »
Despite having a miraculous 8.8/10 user rating on IMDb, this week's Pandorum has been hidden away from critics more efficiently, say, than an alien egg in the chest cavity of a British character actor. Which led me to prowling the archive's ventilation shafts in dismay until I kicked across a copy of It! Terror From Beyond Space, the schlocker that inspired the whole stalked-on-the-spaceship genre, leading to Alien and countless imitators -- from Horror Planet and Event Horizon to this week's creature feature in which Dennis Quaid, Ben Foster and Cam Gigandet perhaps stir themselves from cryosleep to face the horror of mutants aboard! »
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Although the name Norman J. Warren may not be familiar to some of you, in the UK, amongst cult horror aficionados, his name is synonymous with horror and exploitation. Mostly working in the 1970s, he produced such dubious classics as Satan’s Slave and the Stephanie Beacham-starring Inseminoid.
Moscovitch Music are a new independent British music label working to release some great lost film music, and have produced a lavish CD, and limited edition vinyl LP, featuring the soundtracks to two of Warren’s best loved movies; Terror (1978) and Prey (1977).
The composer was the classically-trained composer Ivor Slaney, who at the time was best known for creating orchestral music. He worked with Warren on both films to create an unusual, experimental sound using mostly electronic instruments. They also mixed sound effects into the music track on Terror, creating an odd, »
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Horror cinephiles, take notice: Fango has the news on a host of upcoming genre-film screenings, premieres and festivals, in both various United States and Britain, to keep you out of the sunlight this summer. The films range from silent classics to contemporary favorites and brand new indie fare.
• New York City’s Film Forum (209 West Houston Street) is presenting Tod Browning Monday Evenings starting next week. Every Monday from May 11-June 8 will see a different silent-movie double feature, spotlighting the work of pioneering horror director Browning and actor Lon Chaney, with select shows featuring live piano accompaniment. Better yet, each presentation boasts a two-for-one admission price.
Freaks (1932): 6 and 9 p.m.
The Unholy Three (1925): 7:35 p.m.
The Devil Doll (1936): 6:35 and 9:35 p.m.
Where East Is East (1929): 8:10 p.m.
The Unknown (1927): 7 and 9:40 p.m.
Fast Workers (1933): 8 p.m. »
Since it's Tuesday, that means it's time to take a look at the genre fare hitting retail on DVD and Blu-Ray this week.
In this newly-expanded weekly version of the Fangoria Chopping List, we've got the full breakdown of titles to watch out for, along with all the info you need to make your own list.
Grindhouse Double Feature: Beast Of The Yellow Night/Keep My Grave Open: Alpha
Keep My Grave Open: A crazy woman who lives in an old mansion thinks she's with her brother/lover, who lures victims to her.
Beast: Satan saves Ashley from death on condition he become his disciple (and, as it turns out, a hairy murderous beast).
The Centerfold Girls (special edition): Dark Sky
The most beautiful girls in the world... Some are for loving... Some are for killing!
A reedy man wearing saddle shoes and an ill-fitting suit drags the nude »
5 items from 2009
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