Carrie Is No Different By. Brian De Palma 's Film Adaptation Of Stephen King 's Novel

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Vampires, werewolves, and monsters of all kinds have been prevalent in the horror genre, but the monstrous-feminine is comparably different. Whereas male monsters shock and terrify the audience through violence and bodily transformations, the female monster is horrifying in relation to her sexuality. The horror genre has frequently perpetuated patriarchal ideologies with scenes objectifying women using the ‘male gaze’ and punishing women for any kind of sexuality. Brian de Palma’s 1976 film adaption of Stephen King’s novel Carrie is no different. Although marketed to young women, Carrie is fraught with female objectification and fetishization with an overall lack of progressive female characters. It would seem having a female protagonist as both victim and monster would be progressive in showing a female’s perspective and a female with power, but Carrie lacks the realities of female adolescence and instead epitomizes men’s fear of women and castration anxiety. The monstrous female is constructed from a male perspective, which is reflective of the male director, however, a recent adaption in 2013 by a female director, Kimberly Peirce, moves away from misogynistic tendencies. While the context of the film is still problematic illustrating womanhood and female sexuality as a source of fear and evil, Peirce’s Carrie portrays clear changes in the depiction of female characters with progressive attributes along with a sympathetic protagonist caught between two oppressive…

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