Master of Arts (MA)
First Advisor's Name
First Advisor's Committee Title
Second Advisor's Name
Second Advisor's Committee Title
Third Advisor's Name
Third Advisor's Committee Title
film studies, marxist theory, intersectional theory
Date of Defense
As horror films once again gain popular and critical praise, horror film scholarship continues to expand in analyses of these films through the lens of now-prominent theoretical frames like intersectional theory, critical race theory, and fourth wave feminist theory. However, many analyses miss a class component. Therefore, this article demonstrates that a significant anti-capitalist history exists in horror film, that analysis of anticapitalist themes in these horror films is essential to a complete understanding of American genre film as an art form, and that these anti-capitalist themes can be important in the overall work of radicalization and consciousness-raising. I will be focusing on three films from various sub-genres and time periods: Alien (1979) a science fiction horror film; Society (1989) a body horror political comedy; and Ready or Not (2019) a supernatural horror comedy. The article concludes that all three of these films flip the category of monstrosity on its head, choosing to make the most privileged classes amongst us the monsters instead of those who are usually Othered such as racial others, gendered others, or working class others. Thus, anti-capitalism shows itself through both the monsters of these films and the working class, everyman heroes that populate them, creating a reliable and accurate picture of working Americans’ anxieties in capitalist life.
Rodriguez, Lyana A., "Eat the Rich: Anti-Capitalist Thought in the Horror Film" (2022). FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 4964.
Available for download on Wednesday, April 24, 2024
In Copyright. URI: http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/
This Item is protected by copyright and/or related rights. You are free to use this Item in any way that is permitted by the copyright and related rights legislation that applies to your use. For other uses you need to obtain permission from the rights-holder(s).