Dark Romance: Sexuality in the Horror Film

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McFarland, Jun 21, 2010 - Performing Arts - 350 pages
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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Contents

Keeping It in the Family
1
Just the Two of Us The Horror of Duality
31
Dangerous Curves The Perils of Sexuality
56
Beauty and the Beast
90
Turgid Teens
122
Lugosi Lee and the Vampire Lovers
138
High Priestess of Horror Barbara Steele
164
Hitch
181
The Ironic Universe of Roger Corman
205
Prince of Perversity Edward D Wood Jr
225
The Spawn of Herschell Gordon Lewis
235
The Shape of Sex to Come
260
Filmography
291
Bibliography
311
Index
315
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David J. Hogan 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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