Men, Women, and Chain Saws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film - Updated Edition (Princeton Classics #73) (Paperback)

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By Carol J. Clover, Carol J. Clover (Preface by)
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If you have even a passing familiarity with horror films, you’ve likely heard the term “final girl.” This is the book – an academic look at the intersection of the horror genre and gender – that coined the term. Clover, a film professor, wrote this book as a way to better understand the popularity of the horror genre among young men. She breaks down the genre into sub-categories–slasher, possession, urbanoia – and explores the nuances of gender in horror tropes like the slasher versus the final girl. This book will deepen your knowledge of horror cinema and make you a more perceptive critic – and fan – of it.

— From Kait


From its first publication in 1992, Men, Women, and Chain Saws has offered a groundbreaking perspective on the creativity and influence of horror cinema since the mid-1970s. Investigating the popularity of the low-budget tradition, Carol Clover looks in particular at slasher, occult, and rape-revenge films. Although such movies have been traditionally understood as offering only sadistic pleasures to their mostly male audiences, Clover demonstrates that they align spectators not with the male tormentor, but with the females tormented-notably the slasher movie's "final girls"-as they endure fear and degradation before rising to save themselves. The lesson was not lost on the mainstream industry, which was soon turning out the formula in well-made thrillers.

Including a new preface by the author, this Princeton Classics edition is a definitive work that has found an avid readership from students of film theory to major Hollywood filmmakers.

About the Author

Carol J. Clover is the Class of 1936 Professor Emerita in the departments of rhetoric, film, and Scandinavian at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of The Medieval Saga.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780691166292
ISBN-10: 0691166293
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication Date: May 26th, 2015
Pages: 280
Language: English
Series: Princeton Classics