From first attempts to transfer Horror fiction from the page to the
silver screen, there have been moral panics in response to the horror
genre. In 1973, "The Exorcist" (directed by William Friedkin, US, 1973)
provoked outrage, and sections of the movie had to be removed in
response to worldwide complaints and panic as to the overtly sexual
and violent nature of it's content, not to mention accusations of
religious blasphemy. Similarly, throughout the 1980s, there were
campaigns against so-called 'video nasties'. Although no clear
definition of the term 'video nasty', was ever agreed upon, it
Referred to examples of horror and pornography, and led to certain
infamous films being banned in Britain for over a decade. Films such
as "Zombie Flesh Eaters", "Driller-Killer", "The Texas Chainsaw
Massacre" and others suffered such fates.
Due to actions such as this, both the Genres of Horror and Pornography
have suffered similar fates; the cultural tag. These tags have led to
a common mindset; that these industries are 'sick' or 'perverted'
forms, capable of contaminating the minds of their audience is, and
thus wider society. This mindset has created problems. Not only has it
been used to support censoring legislation, but also it has prevented
serious investigation of the forms or effects of these genres for a
long time, due to their presumed negativity. However, this paper will
attempt to correct this mistake, by looking at two particular classics
of the newest Genre hybrid - The horror Sci-Fi mix. Whilst Aliens (Director
James Cameron, US, 1986) and Terminator ...
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* "Aliens"- US (1986): Science Fiction, Directed by James Cameron.
Sigourney Weaver Ripley
Carrie Henn Newt
Michael Biehn Corporal Hicks
* "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" - US (1991): Science Fiction/Action
Arnold Schwarzenegger - The Terminator
Linda Hamilton - Sarah Connor
Robert Patrick - T-1000
Edward Furlong - John Connor
Gender and Society: Gender and Film.
Media Culture and Communications.
Student ID: 0001352350
1Barbara Creed, 'Horror and the Monstrous-Feminine: An Imaginary
Abjection', from SCREEN, Vol.27, 1986
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