Monsters in the Closet Homosexuality and the Horror Film

Monsters in the Closet Homosexuality and the Horror Film Inside Popular Film [Read] ➫ Monsters in the Closet Homosexuality and the Horror Film Inside Popular Film Author Harry M. Benshoff – 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 prim Monster in the Closet is a history the Closet PDF Í of the horrors film that explores the genre's relationship to the social and cultural history of homosexuality Monsters in PDF or 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 in the Closet Epub Ú 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 in the Closet Homosexuality and PDF/EPUB or recent work within gay and lesbian studies has explored how the genetic tropes of the horror film intersect with popular culture's understanding of ueerness this is the first book to examine how the concept of the monster ueer 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.

About the Author: Harry M. Benshoff

Dr Harry Benshoff's research interests include topics the Closet PDF Í in film genres film history film theory and multiculturalism He has published essays on Dark Shadows fan Monsters in PDF or cultures blaxploitation horror films Hollywood LSD films The Talented Mr Ripley and Brokeback Mountain He is the author of Monsters in the Closet Homosexuality in the Closet Epub Ú and the Horror Film Manchester University Press With.

10 thoughts on “Monsters in the Closet Homosexuality and the Horror Film Inside Popular Film

  1. Stacey Stacey says:

    My professor wrote this book He's brilliant

  2. Sean Sean says:

    This was a pretty good read and had some really great ueer readings like of The Creature from the Black Lagoon trilogy or accounts of ueerness like Hammer's lesbian vampire films Of course iconic ueer texts like Nightmare on Elm Street 2 Fright Night and the films of Vincent Price are discussed in detail I was unfamiliar with both Dracula's Daughter and How to Make a Monster and both of those movies get compelling treatment here It's important to know that part of the author's object is to filter horror movies through the lens of gay lesbian history so there's lots of ueer history in the book I like that the author has a clear project in mind and sticks to it but I can imagine some readers feeling overwhelmed by how much time is spent talking about the history of gay lesbian identitycivil rights There are significant stretches where horror movies aren't discussed at all but Benshoff does a good job of making connections between the history and the horror films once he's made his historicalcultural points Again the project of this book is to look at the shifting nature of ueer identity and how that is reflectedrefracted by horror cinema In doing so he calls a lot of these films out on the carpet for insisting over and over again that ueerness is monstrous The book ends with a mediation on where representations of ueerness in media are headed and by hoping that popular audiences might become willing to explicitly acknowledge ueerness I wonder if in the era of True Blood and American Horror Story Benshoff would posit that we've arrived there

  3. Aysia Aysia says:

    I cannot tell you how refreshing it is to read a text on horror films that isnt overly reliant on freudian psychoanalysis or vaguely homophobictransphobic even as it tries to to do a ueer analysis of films

  4. Shadowdenizen Shadowdenizen says:

    45 stars

  5. Clayton Greiman Clayton Greiman says:

    I read Lord of The Flies in high school and became convinced Simon was gay; I related the hypothesis to my English teacher; she replied When people are outcasts they try to find similar traits in otherseven though those traits may not existMonsters in the Closet led me to two films that the author proclaimed to have underlying homosexual undertones Creature From The Black Lagoon and Ghost Ship Creature because of two men vying for the same woman and wearing swimming trunks Fighting the creature with Rotenone a creamy liuid knock out drug Rotenone IS a piscicidea fish killerit's not a 'creamy liuid knock out drug' Creature was not ueer cinema in any senseGhost Ship was cited as gay became of an all male crew aboard a ship But brining an all male cast together aboard a ship doesn't make a film gay Yes the captain does tell his third mate I knew you were the man for me as soon as I saw you in terms of having hired him But this is not a gay come on Later the captain has the third mate bound and drugged while still wearing all this clothesand then walks away from him Ghost Ship isn't about a murderous homosexual captain; it's about a captain succumbing to dementiaCompare that last example to The Mask of Fu Manchu also cited in the book wherein the villain takes the hero strips him to a loin cloth and injects him with a mind control serum that makes him writhe That scene was homoerotic; the rest of Fu Manchu was rubbish I liked the premise of Monsters in the Closet but some of the films contained had no elements of homosexuality

  6. Hey Sailor! Hey Sailor! says:

    the ueer unlike the rather polite categories of gay and lesbian revels in the discourse of the loathsome the outcast the idiomatically proscribed position of same sex desire Unlike petitions for civil rights ueer revels constitute a kind of activism that attacks the dominant notion of the natural The ueer is the taboo breaker the monstrous the uncanny Like the Phantom of the Opera the ueer dwells underground below the operatic overtones of the dominant; frightening to look at desiring as it plays its own organ producing its own music Tracking the Vampire Sue Ellen Case

  7. Maria Lago Maria Lago says:

    Ah expectations I got an extremely academic and wry book ideal for uoting in articles and thesis but not really easily read as the style is demanding and highbrow not at all like the fun stuff I was hoping forWhat I mean and I know the subject deserves to be treated seriously is that a user friendly approach would have done wonders for a general understanding of the topic and it would have suited the horror motif beautifully tooI have learned a lot that's true And thank you for the gay porn titles Mr Benshoff much appreciated

  8. Evan Evan says:

    A classic work of film scholarship and ueer critical reading It falls into the trap at times of reading bodily abnormality metaphorically as representing ueerness without considering the representation of disability and physical anomaly in its own right However it's exploration of historical and social contexts is really excellent and richly rewarding

  9. Nick Nick says:

    Very academic text book like examination of homosexuality in the horror genre Kind of dry for novices but essential for horror film geeks that like discussing cinematic influences

  10. Darren Mitton Darren Mitton says:

    Oh this was so wonderdful

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