The third shadow and hybrid genres: horror, humor, gender, and race in Alien Resurrection

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Alien Resurrection (1997) heightens the movements across dark humor and horror, and enables more pronounced and complex conjunctions across the three types of shadows put forward by Rushing/Frentz and Picart, particularly in the case of the monstrous female characters like Ripley and Call. These characters bisociate the realms of first shadow (female bodies), second shadow (products of technology), and third shadow (fearsome female freedom fighters). Nevertheless, both live--a rarity among Frankensteinian cinemyths. Alien Resurrection enables us to glimpse, through a glass darkly, other ways in which the gendered and raced complexities of the Frankenstein cinematic myth may be traced.

Keywords: Frankenstein Cinemyth; Horror; Humor; Hybrid Genre; Shadows

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1479142042000270467

Publication date: December 1, 2004

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