Sign up & Download
Sign in

Fear and loathing at the cineplex: Gender differences in descriptions and perceptions of slasher films

by J M Nolan, G W Ryan
SEX ROLES ()

Abstract

This study investigates gender-specific descriptions and perceptions of\nslasher films. Sixty Euro-American university students (30 males and 30\nfemales) were asked to recount in a written survey the details of the\nmost memorable slasher film they remember watching and describe the\nemotional reactions evoked by that film, A text analysis approach was\nused to examine and interpret informant responses, Males recall a high\npercentage of descriptive images associated with what is called rural\nterror, a concept tied to fear of strangers and rural landscapes,\nwhereas females display a greater fear of family terror, which includes\nthemes of betrayed intimacy, stalkings, and spiritual possession. It is\nfound that females report a higher level and a greater number of fear\nreactions than males, who report move anger and frustration responses.\nGender-specific fears as personalized through slasher film recall are\ndiscussed with relation to socialization practices and power-control\ntheory.

Cite this document (BETA)

Readership Statistics

13 Readers on Mendeley
by Discipline
 
 
 
by Academic Status
 
31% Ph.D. Student
 
23% Researcher (at an Academic Institution)
 
15% Associate Professor
by Country
 
8% Finland
 
8% United States

Sign up today - FREE

Mendeley saves you time finding and organizing research. Learn more

  • All your research in one place
  • Add and import papers easily
  • Access it anywhere, anytime

Start using Mendeley in seconds!

Already have an account? Sign in