This study investigates gender-specific descriptions and perceptions of<br />slasher films. Sixty Euro-American university students (30 males and 30<br />females) were asked to recount in a written survey the details of the<br />most memorable slasher film they remember watching and describe the<br />emotional reactions evoked by that film, A text analysis approach was<br />used to examine and interpret informant responses, Males recall a high<br />percentage of descriptive images associated with what is called rural<br />terror, a concept tied to fear of strangers and rural landscapes,<br />whereas females display a greater fear of family terror, which includes<br />themes of betrayed intimacy, stalkings, and spiritual possession. It is<br />found that females report a higher level and a greater number of fear<br />reactions than males, who report move anger and frustration responses.<br />Gender-specific fears as personalized through slasher film recall are<br />discussed with relation to socialization practices and power-control<br />theory.
Nolan, J. M., & Ryan, G. W. (2000). Fear and loathing at the cineplex: Gender differences in descriptions and perceptions of slasher films. Sex Roles, 42(102), 39–56. https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1007080110663