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Monster Pains: Masochism, Menstruation, and Identification in the Horror Film
Vol. 58, No. 3 (Spring 2005), pp. 16-27
Published by: University of California Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1525/fq.2005.58.3.16
Page Count: 12
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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.
Film Quarterly © 2005 University of California Press