Sexuality in the Horror Film
About the Book
The darkly handsome man gazes deeply into her eyes. She finds him irresistible, wants to experience the passion of the moment. He grins—the movie audience can see his lengthened lateral incisors—and bends to her neck. The eroticism is horrible, and compelling.
Audiences are drawn to horror cinema much as the surrendering victim. Afraid to watch, but more afraid something will be missed. Since the horror film is the most primal of all movie genres, seldom censored, these films tell us what we are about. From the silent era to the present day, Dark Romance explores horror cinema’s preoccupation with sexuality: vampires, beauty and the beast, victimization of women, “slasher” films, and more. Separate chapters focus upon individuals, like Alfred Hitchcock and Barbara Steele. Entertaining, and thought-provoking on the sexual fears and phobias of our society.
About the Author(s)
David J. Hogan
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: 60 photos, filmography, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 1997 
Table of Contents
1. Keeping It in the Family 1
2. Just the Two of Us: The Horror of Duality 31
3. Dangerous Curves: The Perils of Sexuality 56
4. Beauty and the Beast 90
5. Turgid Teens 122
6. Lugosi, Lee, and the Vampire Lovers 138
7. High Priestess of Horror: Barbara Steele 164
8. Hitch 181
9. The Ironic Universe of Roger Corman 205
10. Prince of Perversity: Edward D. Wood, Jr. 225
11. The Spawn of Herschell Gordon Lewis 235
12. The Shape of Sex to Come 260
Book Reviews & Awards
“intelligently organized and well written”—Film Quarterly; “entertaining”—Classic Images; “thought provoking”—Midnight Marquee; “views the way horror filmmakers exploit sexuality in their films of vampires, beasts, man-made monsters, and victimization of women”—AB Bookman’s Weekly; “Hogan’s criticism is discerning”—The Horror Show; “interesting”—Fantasy Review; “Clear, well-written, and intelligent.”—Neil Barron, Editor of Fantasy and Horror.