Date of Award


Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Journalism, BA, BS




Communication & Journalism Department

Faculty Advisor

Kevin M. Carragee


To examine this portrayal of women in 1970s and 1980s slashers, I will first provide background on the genre using the influential films The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) and Halloween (1978), and from there I will define the genre in accordance with its characteristics and formulaic conventions. Clover’s groundbreaking work (1987; 1992), offers a feminist perspective on slasher films and will provide substantial evidence throughout my paper. Then, I will compare and contrast multiple content analyses from the 1980s to the 2000s that use empirical studies to evaluate the degree to which women are victimized in slashers by the duration of scenes and the juxtaposition of sex. Lastly, this research brings forth the audience perspective and the male gaze, which will also be evaluated in the context of slasher.

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