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December 28, 2011


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Good addition you make note of; the 1945 movie does have a direct moral enforcement theme, or, as I like to call it, "you done me wrong, so die you bastard." Hey, that'd make a good slasher movie title...


Another work created around the same time as the Thirteen Women film that isn't suprisingly viewed as a proto-slasher is Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None. In that one, the "moral enforcement" theme inherent in 70's and 80's slashers is personified in the Judge Thatcher character whose literal purpose is to punish his victims for past wrongs. It's also interesting to note that Bava's film Twitch of the Death Nerve (which borrows a fair amount of story structure and similar settings from Christie's book) is generally acknowledged as being one of the slasher genre's founding fathers more than Agatha's novel itself.

The Frankenstein article sounds fantastic! Funny how now I can so clearly picture the Monster tramping across wasted battlefields, knocking over stone monuments...

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