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  • Barry Forshaw
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Part of the The Palgrave Gothic Series book series (PAGO)

Abstract

A gruesome bout of bloodletting had cinema audiences of the day gasping at its graphic nature. An Englishman on holiday in the Carpathian Mountains has been stabbed to death in the secluded castle to which he and his party have been lured. His murderer utilises a rope and pulley to hoist the dead man’s body above an empty sarcophagus. What follows is an act of horror that is all the more disturbing for its resemblance to the butchery of an animal in an abattoir. The dead man’s throat is cut, and gouts of blood rain down upon ashes which have been spread beneath them. Sometime later, the murdered man’s wife — a repressed and (it is hinted) frigid Victorian bluestocking — is transformed into a ravening, sexually voracious monster, her buttoned-up, body-concealing clothes replaced by a diaphanous gown that reveals ample cleavage. What follows are acts of implied vampiric lesbianism reminiscent of Coleridge’s ‘Christabel’ and (as an appalling finale) an act of ecclesiastical murder with hammer and stake that comes across like a gang rape.

Keywords

Carpathian Mountain Graphic Nature Gang Rape Horror Film Film Censor 
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© Barry Forshaw 2013

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