Sex and Violence in Slasher Films: Re-examining the Assumptions

  title={Sex and Violence in Slasher Films: Re-examining the Assumptions},
  author={Burry S. Sapolsky and Fred Molitor and S. Luque},
  journal={Journalism \& Mass Communication Quarterly},
  pages={28 - 38}
A content analysis of popular 1990s slasher films found more acts of violence than similar films from the 1980s. Recent slasher films rarely mix scenes of sex and violence. This finding calls into question claims that slasher films portray eroticized violence that may blunt males' emotional reactions to film violence. Slasher films feature males more often as victims of violence. However, the ratio of female victims is higher in slasher films than in commercially successful action-adventure… Expand

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