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Monster Pains: Masochism, Menstruation, and Identification in the Horror Film

Aviva Briefel
Film Quarterly
Vol. 58, No. 3 (Spring 2005), pp. 16-27
DOI: 10.1525/fq.2005.58.3.16
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1525/fq.2005.58.3.16
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Monster Pains: Masochism, Menstruation, and Identification in the Horror Film
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Abstract

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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