Monsters in the closet

Homosexuality and the Horror Film

By Harry Benshoff

Monsters in the closet

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-4473-1
  • Pages: 336
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £16.99
  • Published Date: June 1997
  • BIC Category: The arts / Film theory & criticism, PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / General, Film history, theory & criticism, Films, cinema, Film and Media
  • Series: Inside Popular Film


One of the few books to address the horror film from any kind of critical position.. Unique - The first history of the horror film to approach it from a queer perspective.. Written with detail and thoroughness - covers all eras of the horror film and correlates specific types of movie monsters to the historical social conditions which produced them.. Explores how popular culture encodes and demonizes queerness within the generic format of the horror film.


1. Defining the Monster Queer in the Classical Hollywod Horror Film, 2. Shock Treatment: Curing the Monster Queer during World War II, 3. Pods, Pederasts, and Perverts: (Re)Criminalizing the Monster Queer in Cold War Culture, 4. Exposing the Monster Queer to the Sunlight, Circa the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion, 5. Satan Spawn and Out and Proud: Monster Queers in the Postmodern Era


Harry M. Benshoff recently received his doctorate from the University of Southern California's School of Cinema-Television. He teaches film and television classes in and around Los Angeles

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