Sex and Violence in the Slasher Horror Film: A Content Analysis of Gender Differences in the Depiction of Violence By

Abstract

The slasher horror film has been the subject of frequent criticism based on the assumption that female characters in these films are more likely to be the victims of serious, graphic violence that is juxtaposed with explicit sexual imagery. The purpose of this study was to address limitations inherent in previous analyses of slasher films and examine whether gender differences exist in the nature of violent presentations. A content analysis of several indicators of violent and sexual content was conducted using a random sample of 50 slasher films that were released in North America between 1960 and 2007. Findings suggested that there are several significant gender differences in the nature of violent presentations found in slasher films. In general, female characters were more likely to be victims of less serious and graphic forms of violence, but were also significantly more likely to be victimized in scenes involving a concomitant presentation of sex and violence.

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@inproceedings{Welsh2009SexAV, title={Sex and Violence in the Slasher Horror Film: A Content Analysis of Gender Differences in the Depiction of Violence By}, author={Andrew Welsh and Laurier Brantford}, year={2009} }