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Beauty, pain, and desire
Gothic aesthetics and feminine identification in the filmic adaptations of Clive Barker
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This chapter is informed by responses to the chosen films by female viewers and considers these responses in relation to the aesthetic qualities of the films. Fan communities, thus privilege particular kinds of cinematic horror. Thus, Barker's films might be held up as great examples of splatterpunk in fan communities that are interested in the gory and explicit imagery. Certainly, many female fans of gothic horror still chose to view examples of body horror and find pleasure in them. Passionate feminine sexuality is positioned as monstrous in the narrative, but this is never quite that narratively straightforward in Barker's work. In terms of the appeal of Barkerian films, certainly in respect of Barker's imaginative stories and themes, this goes back to their predominantly negative feelings about the formulaic aspects of much of the horror genre.

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