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Audiences as Detectives: Eye Tracking and Problem Solving in Screen Mysteries

Seeing into Screens : Eye Tracking and the Moving Image

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

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...The mystery genre has experienced a recent resurgence in screen media, from teen noirs Veronica Mars (2004–2007, 2014) and Pretty Little Liars (2010–present), teen slasher Scream (2015–present), to the many adaptations of Sherlock Holmes...

Dissecting the “Dark Passenger”: Reading Representations of the Serial Killer

Alzena MacDonald

Alzena MacDonald is a Lecturer in Communication and Cultural Studies at Curtin University, Western Australia. She teaches extensively in the area of Literary and Cultural Studies. Her research interests include representations of crime/horror, Indian nationalisms, and postcoloniality. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Murders and Acquisitions : Representations of the Serial Killer in Popular Culture

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

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...Serial killers are so common . . . that you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting one.It seems a truth universally acknowledged that the serial killer has achieved an overwhelming ubiquity in popular culture. In 1978, John Carpenter...

‘Slash Production’: Objectifying the Serial “Kiler” in Euro-Cult Cinema Fan Production

Murders and Acquisitions : Representations of the Serial Killer in Popular Culture

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

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...Introduction Since the mid-1990s I have been a fan of the giallo, a cycle of films particularly popular in Italy during the late 1960s and 1970s. A typical giallo film narrative will feature a crazed black-gloved serial killer murdering...

“LOOK AT ME”: Serial Killing, Whiteness, and (In)visibility in the Saw Series

Murders and Acquisitions : Representations of the Serial Killer in Popular Culture

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

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...On October 20, 2008, the reality show Scream Queens premiered on the American cable network VH1. In typical reality-TV fashion, the program pitted ten aspiring actresses against each other, and the prize was a role in the upcoming film Saw...

“There’s Blood on the Walls”: Serial Killing as Post-9/11 Terror in The Strangers

Murders and Acquisitions : Representations of the Serial Killer in Popular Culture

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

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...As an example of what may be called a ‘home invasion’ film, Bryan Bertino’s The Strangers (2008) skillfully leverages American middle-class phobias in the early twenty-first century to produce a chilling viewing experience. In a country...

‘Made-up and Made-over’: Faking the Serial Killer and the Serial Killer Fake

Murders and Acquisitions : Representations of the Serial Killer in Popular Culture

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

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...Introduction In the decades since the peak of the serial killing crisis of the 1980s and early 1990s—an era that saw the trials of some of the biggest names in the pop cult pantheon of killersJohn Wayne Gacy, Ted Bundy, Denis Nilsen, Ed...

Defacing the Acquisitions: A Museal-Analysis of Serial Killing Horror in Cinema

Murders and Acquisitions : Representations of the Serial Killer in Popular Culture

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

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...Thought is primarily trespass and violence, the enemy . . .Serial killing as a form of cinematic horror is conceived in this essay as a ‘shock to thought’; as a sensory violation that affects viewers’ subjective reception of the self....

Defining Deviance: The Rearticulation of Aileen Wuornos in Monster

Murders and Acquisitions : Representations of the Serial Killer in Popular Culture

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

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...Monsters cannot be announced. One cannot say: ‘here are our monsters’, without immediately turning the monsters into pets.Representations of criminality are staples of North American media. One only needs to take a cursory look...

Shopping and Slaying, Fucking and Flaying: Serial Consumption in American Psycho

Christina Lee

Christina Lee is Lecturer in Communication and Cultural Studies at Curtin University, Australia. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Murders and Acquisitions : Representations of the Serial Killer in Popular Culture

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

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...In the words of the old saying, every society gets the kind of criminal it deserves.Convicted serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer once stated: “My consuming lust was to experience their bodies. I viewed them as objects, as strangers” (quoted...

Homme Fatal: Illegitimate Pleasures in Darkly Dreaming Dexter

Murders and Acquisitions : Representations of the Serial Killer in Popular Culture

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

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...Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.Garroting, slicing, and vivisecting: how and why do these incite pleasure in the average readership and television audience? For example, Jeff Lindsay’s Dexter series has come to be seen...