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The maternal monster in 'Suburban Mayhem'

Starrs, D. Bruno (2006) The maternal monster in 'Suburban Mayhem'. Metro Magazine, pp. 22-24.

Abstract

In most mainstream horror films the woman is depicted as the victim, frequently punished for her unrestrained libido, because, according to psychoanalytic theory, at the heart of horror lies a patriarchal fear of female sexuality. In accordance with this misogynism, it is generally believed that the horror genre depicts female sexuality 'as monstrous, disturbing, and in need of repression.' Testing the limits of the horror genre is Paul Goldman's 'Suburban Mayhem' (2006), a recent Australian film that portrays a young woman as the monster, tending towards a disturbing representation of a malevolently self-centred individual characterized by abjection and transgression.

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ID Code: 6053
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: 'Suburban Mayhem', Paul Goldman, horror film, Australian film, psychoanalytic film theory
ISSN: 0312-2654
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > FILM TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA (190200) > Film and Television (190204)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > FILM TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA (190200) > Cinema Studies (190201)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Australian Teachers of Media
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 31 Jan 2007
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2010 22:40

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