Saturday, October 11, 2008

Studying Porn, Studying Horror...

As I progress through my PhD, studying and writing about pornography, horror, and action movies, I figured it would be a neat idea to note my thoughts and opinions down in a blog - who knows, maybe it will help me in the future.

This blog is intended as a place for me to write down my initial reactions to the movies I have to/choose to watch as part of my studies, as well as get feedback from any other nerds out there who happen to have the same interests. I study these films with an eye on gender, and as an aside I appreciate films that don't rely on CGI and feature true hands-on action, including stuntmen/women, handmade creatures, and splatter - I have a particular love of gore, especially exploding heads and decapitations. I like my films brutal and outrageous - this does not mean I like the Saw movies. I also love genre films that are subversive, especially in terms of gender. Funnily enough, horror, porn and action films - the movies most people deem to be exploitative - are the movies I can rely on to subvert our common ideals of class, gender, and sexuality (and even, in some cases, race - more on that another time). 

I'm basically going to watch movies, write about them, and hopefully engage in conversation about them. Maybe I will even inspire someone to watch a great movie that they never heard of.

So, to start, here is a list of some of my favorite movies:

* Camp Cuddly Pines Power Tool Massacre (a great porn movie for horror nerds).
* Night of the Living Dead (1990 version - it's brutal).
* Aliens (I don't think I need to justify this).
* Zombie Flesh Eaters (truly awesome - the shark fight has to be seen to be believed).
* Robocop (awesomely violent, awesomely subversive).
* Return of the Living Dead (great great great - really funny, a refreshing treat for zombie fans).
* First Blood (Stallone at his finest).
* Evil Dead II (a bit obvious, perhaps, but I would feel guilty if I didn't add it. It's still the best horror comedy out there).

That's it for now - so begins my journey through trash.

3 comments:

kands_fs@hotmail.com said...

Hi gore gore girl

I come across your blog from imdb. I think its a great blog. And yeah, I like gore, horror, porn and 70s/80s films. Im currently doing my undergrad degree in Australia. My study doesnt have anything to do with films, but I love to watch those kinds of movies in my spare time. Sometimes Im just sick of the modern films we have now and so I decided to start watching all those gore, and horror( the one with porn is a big plus =] ) and I like it!
It would be awesome to read more of your thoughts on those films. Im looking forward to it.


Cheers

Gore-Gore Girl said...

Hey! I'm pretty cynical when it comes to modern films - I always tell people that time passing does not always mean progression, and in my opinion genre films (and especially special effects) peaked in the 70s/80s (though scholars still talk about the 80s with disdain for whatever reason).

I will certainly be back with more thoughts! I hope you will post some of yours too. What do you study btw?

Bearded Weirdo Reviews said...

Well said.

I've been reading the other entries in the blog for the last half-hour, and, I must say, I really, really like what you have to say. Great stuff. Great, groovy balance between the sleazy and the cerebral, with equal part wit, humor, and serious analysis. I really love what I'm reading. Kudos to you.

Stay sick!

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