Slasher movies: rethinking gender and trauma

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Since the 1970s, the ‘slasher’ movie, has been a constant presence in the horror genre to the delight of some and the perplexed dismay of others.  In some ways the slasher is unusual in the horror genre, as the monster is not a supernatural creature, but rather a human being made monstrous in many cases by trauma. 

Traditional academic approaches to the genre (including Clover, 1992) have tended to make assumptions about who is watching these films and why.
¿  This paper uses a Jungian-inflected approach to reconsider the what meaning audiences may be taking from these films, focusing on the ‘Final Girl’s’ response to the killer.   Rather than seeing the films as an exhortation to violence against women, rather they are an representation of women’s experience of patriarchy, which puts the more recent variant of ‘final girl as perpetrator’ into a very intriguing light.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - Mar 2016


  • Jung
  • Analytical Psychology
  • Horror
  • Slasher


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