From its first publication in 1992, Males, Girls, and Chain Saws has supplied a groundbreaking perspective on the creativity and affect of horror cinema since the mid-1970s. Investigating the recognition of the low-finances custom, Carol Clover appears to be like in specific at slasher, occult, and rape-revenge movies. Though such motion pictures have been historically understood as providing solely sadistic pleasures to their principally male audiences, Clover demonstrates that they align spectators not with the male tormentor, however with the females tormented—notably the slasher film’s “last women”—as they endure worry and degradation earlier than rising to avoid wasting themselves. The lesson was not misplaced on the mainstream business, which was quickly turning out the system in nicely-made thrillers.
Together with a brand new preface by the creator, this Princeton Classics version is a definitive work that has discovered an avid readership from college students of movie idea to main Hollywood filmmakers.