Abstract Aviva Briefel examines the ways in which the horror film's gendering of the monster's pain affects audience identification. Male monsters in these films are associated with acts of masochism that allow for a comfortable spectatorial distance. In contrast, female monsters precede their sadistic rampages with moments of menstruation, which claustrophobically draw their audiences to them.
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Research Article| March 01 2005
Monster Pains: Masochism, Menstruation, and Identification in the Horror Film
Film Quarterly (2005) 58 (3): 16–27.
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Aviva Briefel; Monster Pains: Masochism, Menstruation, and Identification in the Horror Film. Film Quarterly 1 March 2005; 58 (3): 16–27. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fq.2005.58.3.16
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