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

Nolan J, Ryan G ...see all

Sex Roles, vol. 42, issue 102 (2000) pp. 39-56

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Abstract

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

Author-supplied keywords

  • college students
  • gender identity
  • horror films -- psychological aspects
  • psychological a
  • psychology

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Authors

  • Justin M. Nolan

  • Gery W. Ryan

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