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The topic of evil is a huge one that has been addressed over centuries by philosophers, theologians, psychologists, political scientists, and, of course, artists in many media. In horror films, evil may be very diverse and shifting: It can be localized in a monster like a six-foot cockroach, or it may dwell inside us humans—within a mad scientist like Dr. Frankenstein or a psychopathic killer like Hannibal Lecter. The author wants to show that at least some horror films, the ones she discuss, are very interesting for philosophers and for feminists in general to consider. An interesting and creative feminist reading of a film may look below its surface representations of male or female characters to consider gendered concepts in such notions as reason, science, nature, creativity, intelligence, care, and so on. In her view, feminist critique aims to uncover ideologies in horror films of traditional patriarchal dominance relations.