The horror film has always been populated by male monsters, many of which do carry out monstrous acts of violation, rape and castration. The horror film is also filled with male monsters who grow fur, change shape, bleed and give birth. What is it that defines male monstrosity? How does the male monster differ from the female monster? In contrast to the monstrous-feminine, the male monster is almost always defined in close relation to its sexual other, that is, the male monster is a feminised creature linked to woman, nature and the animal. Woman is the prototype, the male monster her impression.
Barbara Creed is a graduate of Monash and La Trobe Universities. Her doctoral thesis was on the cinema of horror, feminism and psychoanalysis, and was published as The Monstrous-Feminine (1993) by Routledge. Her areas of research include contemporary film, surrealism, feminist and psychoanalytic theory-areas in which she has widely published. She has recently published Media Matrix- Sexing the New Reality and Pandora's Box- Essays in Film Theory. She is currently writing a new book entitled The Darwinian Screen- the evolution of film theory. She has also co-edited the anthologies Body Trade- captivity, cannibalism and colonialism in the Pacific (Pluto Press & Routledge, 2001, with Jeanette Hoorn), The Sexual Subject- A Screen Reader in Sexuality (Routledge, 1992) and Don't Shoot Darling- Women's Independent Filmmaking in Australia (1987, with Annette Blonski and Freda Freiberg). Barbara is also an active figure in the film community as a reviewer, speaker and writer.