Men, Women, and Chainsaws

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Men, Women, and Chain Saws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film
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Cover of the first edition
AuthorCarol J. Clover
CountryUnited States
SubjectGender in slasher films
PublisherPrinceton University Press
Publication date
Media typePrint

Men, Women, and Chain Saws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film is a 1992 book by American academic Carol J. Clover. In it she investigates gender in slasher films and the appeal of horror cinema, in particular the slasher, occult, and rape-revenge genres, from a feminist perspective.[1] Although these films seem to offer sadistic pleasure to their viewers, Clover argues that these films are designed to align spectators not with the male tormentor, but with the female victim—the "final girl"—who finally defeats her oppressor.[2] The book was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award for Best Non-Fiction in 1992.[3]


  1. ^ "Clover, C.J.: Men, Women, and Chain Saws: Gender in Modern Horror Film". Princeton University Press. Archived from the original on 11 April 2015. Retrieved 22 January 2011.
  2. ^ Totaro, Donato (January 2002). "The Final Girl: A Few Thoughts on Feminism and Horror". Offscreen. 6 (1). ISSN 1712-9559. Retrieved 22 January 2011.
  3. ^ "Past Stoker Award Nominees & Winners". Horror Writers Association. Archived from the original on 13 January 2008. Retrieved 22 January 2011.

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