By Peter M. Bracke
Whilst "Friday the 13th" premiered in 1980, the movie brought moviegoers to a brand new type of cinematic terror - stunning, visceral, picture and incessant. Spawning ten well known sequels so far, the sequence has develop into the main winning horror franchise of all time, and the nature of 'Jason' an icon recognized around the globe because the first identify in evil. Now, uncensored and of their personal phrases, over 2 hundred alumni of the sequence bear in mind a quarter-century's worthy of behind-the-scenes tales - the struggles, feuds, foibles, controversies and calamities. totally illustrated with approximately six hundred never-before-seen pictures, infrequent archival records and construction fabrics, this massive hardback quantity is the final word oral and visible memoir of the sequence - vital for enthusiasts and cinema historians alike.
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CHAPTER 1 _____________________________________ Complementarity and Its Discontents An Overview of Violent Women in American Film Since the late 1980s, the violent woman has become a staple in contemporary American cinema. In looking at films from Thelma and Louise (1991) to Strange Days (1995) to Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) to Girlfight (2000), we quickly see that action and violence are no longer the exclusive province of men. Rather than waiting for men to protect them, female characters have begun to protect themselves.
She does use a gun on occasion, but the gun is by no means her only available weapon. She often fights in hand-to-hand combat and gives out more punishment than she receives. Cleopatra Jones, for example, is a martial arts expert, and she deftly uses any available object in her battles. Foxy Brown, to choose another example, at one point makes use of a bunch of hangers, which she fashions into a weapon. And unlike any of the femme fatales, the Blaxploitation heroine always survives and almost always triumphs in her quest for justice.
Even Alex emphasizes that point when she says, “I’m thirty-six years old. ” Her violence stems entirely from her desire to coerce Dan Gallagher (Michael Douglas) into a relationship. She directs her first violent act toward herself—slitting her wrists—in order to elicit Dan’s sympathy and encourage him to stay with her. Later, she kills the pet rabbit that Dan bought for his daughter, and, finally, she tries to kill Dan’s wife, Beth. In many of the scenes, common household items become weapons, and the film confines the violence to a domestic space.