[Ebook] Monsters in the Closet: Homosexuality and the Horror Film (Inside Popular Film) By Harry M. Benshoff – Thomashillier.co.uk

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

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    This was a pretty good read and had some really great queer readings like of The Creature from the Black Lagoon trilogy or accounts of queerness like Hammer s lesbian vampire films Of course iconic queer 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 queer 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 identity civil 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 historical cultural points Again, the project of this book is to look at the shifting nature of queer identity and how that is reflected refracted by horr...

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    4.5 stars.

  3. says:

    My professor wrote this book He s brilliant.

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    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 exist Monsters 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 liquid knock out drug Rotenone IS a piscicidea fish killerit s not a creamy liquid knock out drug Creature was not queer cinema in any sense Ghost 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 clothes and then walks away from him Ghost Ship isn t about a murderous homosexual captain it s about a captain succumbing to dementia.Compare 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 wr...

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    the queer, 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, queer revels constitute a kind of activism that attacks the dominant notion of the natural The queer is the taboo breaker, the monstrous, the uncanny Like the P...

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    A classic work of film scholarship and queer critical reading It falls into the trap, at times, of reading bodily abnormality metaphorically as representing queerness, without considering the representation of disability and physica...

  7. says:

    Oh, this was so wonderdful

  8. 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.

  9. says:

    love this book.

  10. says:

    I need this book

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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 Liversite.co.uk 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.