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Imps of the Perverse: Gay Monsters in Film

book      non-fiction

  • Imps of the Perverse: Gay Monsters in Film
  • Author: Michael William Saunders
  • Publisher: Praeger Publishers
  • Year: 1998
  • Country: US
  • 145 pages
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Hollywood movies often portray gay people as being in some sense monstrous. This volume focuses on several filmmakers who have used the trope of the homosexual as monster in a way that subverts traditional cinema. Their movies reveal that the monster can be powerful and attractive, thereby showing gay people a way to claim power from being thought of as outcasts and obviating the notion of 'fitting in.'

Qvamp says:

This book does not focus on the horror genre, but does overlap it slightly. Instead it looks at movies with queer characters where the characters are seen as 'monstrous'.

This is a cultural critique book, with all the rambling that goes with it.

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