The horror film has always been populated by male monsters, many of which do carry out monstrous acts of violation, rape and castration. The horror film is also filled with male monsters who grow fur, change shape, bleed and give birth. What is it that defines male monstrosity? How does the male monster differ from the female monster?...
|Title||:||Phallic Panic: Film, Horror and the Primal Uncanny|
|Number of Pages||:||232 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Phallic Panic: Film, Horror and the Primal Uncanny Reviews
There is some real useful stuff in here if you can wade through the aggressive commitment to psychoanalysis as a singular way to think about horror here. This is even when acknowledging the the title of the book includes both the words "phallic" and "uncanny."
This is a very intriguing and interesting read that delves into the world behind the most famous and well known male monster of the horror genre and dissects what it is that really makes them scary. Creed has researched each section thoroughly and backs up each of her points and arguments with examples and evidence to justify her conclusions. Ultimately she proves that these male monsters are considered just that because of their close associations with the three elements of the uncanny that terrify men the most, Death, Nature and Woman (which on a personal note I find utterly brilliant). Creed shows how deep seated these fears are, where they stemmed from and how they're portrayed both in folklore and in film. The only fault I can find with this book is in the section on Jack the Ripper where Creed relies too heavily on the conclusions of one specific author, whose conclusions are not the most widely accepted, and this undermines Creed's arguments a little. This may seem a bit pedantic but with such a well known mystery, especially one that is so emotive, either the most prevalent theory should be used or more than one to offer a more balanced perspective. Again that could just be me. Overall a great read and one that as a woman makes me feel strangely smug...