Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Season 2, Episode 9

Classics from the Vault: Women in Danger (16 Sep. 2011)

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Christy and Ignatiy introduce a 1980 episode of "Sneak Previews" in which Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert discuss the trend of horror movies focusing on violence against women.

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Christy Lemire ...
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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky ...
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Christy and Ignatiy introduce a 1980 episode of "Sneak Previews" in which Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert discuss the trend of horror movies focusing on violence against women. The critics note that unlike horror films of the past, the trend in contemporary horror films is to depict women being sadistically raped and murdered. These films typically feature scenes depicted from the killer's perspective, thus prompting the audience to identify with the killer. Gene and Roger note that they see these films not in critics' screenings but in regular theaters, where the viewers can be heard calling out their approval of the on-screen killings. The critics suggest that this trend was launched by the 1978 film "Halloween," but they say that, unlike its followers, "Halloween" was a good film which portrayed women positively and led viewers to identify with the victim rather than the killer. The critics describe the contemporary women-in-danger films as "despicable." At the conclusion of the ... Written by Anonymous

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