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has appeared in dozens of films since, but The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) is unabashedly dense in references to art, literature, and horror film, as Rolf Eichler has detailed. 58 This practice goes back to the early decades of the gothic, such as the 1797 play, The Castle Spectre , in which the author, Matthew Lewis, “rel[ies] on the audience’s knowledge of Gothic traditions,” as

in Men with stakes
Fathers from American Gothic to Point Pleasant

, with precursors from the apocryphal Lilith forward to Matthew Lewis’s Mathilda and across various forms of gothic and horror including filmic clichés, her “evil” apocalyptic if she cannot properly discipline herself. But the rest of the cast of characters inhabit a more mundane world in which men hurt women in the name of discipline – not merely sexual, but also epistemological. The

in Men with stakes