Unmasking the Monster: Hiding and Revealing Male Sexuality in John Carpenter’s Halloween

  title={Unmasking the Monster: Hiding and Revealing Male Sexuality in John Carpenter’s Halloween},
  author={Jason Huddleston},
  journal={Journal of Visual Literacy},
  pages={219 - 236}
Abstract This article examines the visual symbolism portrayed by the increasingly common use of a mask in horror films. The visual suggestion is related to deep, psychological underpinnings of the mask-wearing character, who perhaps wears the mask to shield both himself and others from recognizing his true inner identity. 
John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978) enjoys a status as October’s equivalent to It’s a Wonderful Life (1946), and is most often thought about as the originator and paradigmatic example of the slasherExpand


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