Dark Romance: Sexuality in the Horror Film

Overview

The darkly handsome man gazes deeply into her eyes. She finds him irresistible, wants to experience the passion of the moment. He grins—the movie audience can see his lengthened lateral incisors—and bends to her neck. The eroticism is horrible, and compelling.

Audiences are drawn to horror cinema much as the surrendering victim. Afraid to watch, but more afraid something will be missed. Since the horror ...

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Overview

The darkly handsome man gazes deeply into her eyes. She finds him irresistible, wants to experience the passion of the moment. He grins—the movie audience can see his lengthened lateral incisors—and bends to her neck. The eroticism is horrible, and compelling.

Audiences are drawn to horror cinema much as the surrendering victim. Afraid to watch, but more afraid something will be missed. Since the horror film is the most primal of all movie genres, seldom censored, these films tell us what we are about. From the silent era to the present day, Dark Romance explores horror cinema's preoccupation with sexuality: vampires, beauty and the beast, victimization of women, "slasher" films, and more. Separate chapters focus upon individuals, like Alfred Hitchcock and Barbara Steele. Entertaining, and thought-provoking on the sexual fears and phobias of our society.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786404742
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/1/1997
  • Edition description: ALT
  • Pages: 372
  • Sales rank: 1,266,443
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

David J. Hogan is publisher of Legacy Books, a division of Chicago-based Publications International, Ltd. He has written reviews and features for Filmfax, Outré, Moviegoer, Photon, Cinefantastique and other film magazines. He lives in Arlington Heights, Illinois.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
I Keeping It in the Family 1
II Just the Two of Us: The Horror of Duality 31
III Dangerous Curves: The Perils of Sexuality 56
IV Beauty and the Beast 90
V Turgid Teens 122
VI Lugosi, Lee, and the Vampire Lovers 138
VII High Priestess of Horror: Barbara Steele 164
VIII Hitch 181
IX The Ironic Universe of Roger Corman 205
X Prince of Perversity: Edward D. Wood, Jr. 225
XI The Spawn of Herschell Gordon Lewis 235
XII The Shape of Sex to Come 260
Filmography 291
Bibliography 311
Index 315
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