In almost all critical writings on the horror film, woman is conceptualised only as victim. In The Monstrous-Feminine Barbara Creed challenges this patriarchal view by arguing that the prototype of all definitions of the monstrous is the female reproductive body.With close reference to a number of classic horror films including the Alien trilogy, T

part Part I

Faces of the Monstrous-Feminine: Abjection and the Maternal

chapter 1|8 pages

Kristeva, Femininity, Abjection

chapter 2|15 pages

Horror and the Archaic Mother: Alien

chapter 3|12 pages

Woman as Possessed Monster: The Exorcist

chapter 4|16 pages

Woman as Monstrous Womb: The Brood

chapter 5|14 pages

Woman as Vampire: The Hunger

chapter 6|11 pages

Woman as Witch: Carrie

part Part II|82 pages

Medusa's Head: Psychoanalytic Theory and the Femme Castratrice