Monsters in the Closet: Homosexuality and the Horror Film

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Manchester University Press, Nov 15, 1997 - Performing Arts - 328 pages
Monster in the Closet is a history of the horrors film that explores the genre's relationship to the social and cultural history of homosexuality in America. Drawing on a wide variety of films and primary source materials including censorship files, critical reviews, promotional materials, fanzines, men's magazines, and popular news weeklies, the book examines the historical figure of the movie monster in relation to various medical, psychological, religious and social models of homosexuality. While recent work within gay and lesbian studies has explored how the genetic tropes of the horror film intersect with popular culture's understanding of queerness, this is the first book to examine how the concept of the monster queer has evolved from era to era. From the gay and lesbian sensibilities encoded into the form and content of the classical Hollywood horror film, to recent films which play upon AIDS-related fears. Monster in the Closet examines how the horror film started and continues, to demonize (or quite literally "monsterize") queer sexuality, and what the pleasures and "costs" of such representations might be both for individual spectators and culture at large.
 

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Arguing from a postmodern perspective, Benshoff, who teaches film and TV in the Los Angeles area, examines how Hollywood has historically "monsterized" homosexuality even as gay and lesbian viewers ... Read full review

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Contents

Defining the monster queer in the classical Hollywood
31
James Whale page
40
Ernest Thesiger
42
Sandor and Marya from Draculas Daughter 4 Island of Lost Souls
52
The Mask of Fu Manchu 6 The Raven 7 The Black
56
White Zombie
66
Curing the monster queer during
77
Son of Frankenstein
92
Glen or Glenda
160
Orgy of the Dead
163
Exposing the monster queer to the sunlight circa
173
The Secret of Dorian Gray
184
The Vampire Lovers
194
Twins of Evil
197
Theatre of Blood
215
Diversions and Delights Vincent Price stage show
216

The Ghost Ship chessboard
104
The Ghost Ship knife attack
105
The Picture of Dorian Gray
111
Recriminalizing
122
Married a Monster from Outer Space
131
Publicity shot from Revenge of the Creature
134
Was a Teenage Werewolf
145
Gary Conway Teenage Frankenstein in beefcake magazine
147
How To Make a Monster
151
Monster queers in
230
Fear no Evil
240
The Kiss
245
Freddys Revenge
247
Pinhead from Hellraiser
261
Nightbreed
263
Love Bites
287
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Harry M. Benshoff recently received his doctorate from the University of Southern California's School of Cinema-Television. He teaches film and television classes in and around Los Angeles

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