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Recreational Terror: Women and the Pleasures of Horror Film Viewing (Interruptions: Border Testimony(ies) and Critical Discourse/s)
In Recreational Terror, Isabel Cristina Pinedo analyzes how the contemporary horror film produces recreational terror as a pleasurable encounter with violence and danger for female spectators. She challenges the conventional wisdom that violent horror films can only degrade women and incite violence, and contends instead that the contemporary horror film speaks to the cult ...more
Paperback, 177 pages
Published July 10th 1997 by State University of New York Press
(first published July 1st 1997)
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An academic type book written completely by one person (as opposed to consisting of different essays by different scholars). I really liked what she has to say about horror and psychology. Things like "The horror film is an exquisite exercise in coping with the terrors of everyday life." She makes a good point about horror being for women because it's for everyone. Apparently a certain amount of criticism just assumes it is completely misogynistic? I did have to skim through the end though, beca ...more
Apr 09, 2013 Autumn rated it it was amazing
This book is full of answers. Pinedo really nails the appeal of 80s horror and anticipates the 90s boom for self-aware horror. The text is readable and approachable. Great for any feminists who feel weird about loving horror movies sometimes.
Fantastic resource for anybody working on cultural studies as it pertains to horror. Though Pinedo's book focuses on horror films, I think you could easily stretch her theories to cover gaming and fiction. I hope that she writes a revised edition...I'd be very curious to know what her thoughts on are the nature of horror in a post 9/11 context.
Finally a film feminist who doesn't advocate that every movie is about penises and castration! Very refreshing, well written look at why women enjoy horror films just as much as men, without having to be labelled traitors to their gender. Heartily recommended.