Monsters in the Closet: Homosexuality and the Horror Film

Front Cover
Manchester University Press, 1997 - Performing Arts - 328 pages
A history of the horror film that explores the genre's relationship to the history of homosexuality in AmericaThe horror film has offered a number of medical, psychological, and social models of homosexuality. Examining not only the films themselves, but also other related cultural products, Harry Benshoff defines these models and their implications. We see familiar constructions of gays and lesbians pass before our eyes: homosexuality as a treatable disease, as a threat to national security, as a mark of the pariah. Monsters in the Closet challenges us to more closely examine what we see.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

Monsters in the closet: homosexuality and the horror film

User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

Arguing from a postmodern perspective, Benshoff, who teaches film and TV in the Los Angeles area, examines how Hollywood has historically "monsterized" homosexuality even as gay and lesbian viewers ... Read full review

Monsters in the closet: homosexuality and the horror film

User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

Arguing from a postmodern perspective, Benshoff, who teaches film and TV in the Los Angeles area, examines how Hollywood has historically "monsterized" homosexuality even as gay and lesbian viewers ... Read full review

Contents

Curing the monster queer during
77
Recriminalizing
122
Exposing the monster queer to the sunlight circa
173
Copyright

1 other sections not shown

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Bibliographic information