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That Unobscure Object of Desire and Horror:

Hyun-suk Seo

in Horror to the Extreme

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9789622099722
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207028 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622099722.003.0009
That Unobscure Object of Desire and Horror:

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This chapter examines how the fetishistic system of signification regenerates horror and desire in Korean horror films. It focuses on the common motifs of “resentment”, “jealousy,” and “revenge” in object-oriented films such as The Red Shoes (Bunhongsin, 2005), Phone (Pon, 2002), Acacia (2003), The Wig (Gabal, Won Shin-yeon, 2005), Cello (Chello hongmijoo ilga salinsagan, 2005), and Apartment (APT, 2006). It suggests that these films are driven by a female protagonist's attachment to personal objects that once belonged to the dead. Such uncanny objects emanate both attraction and repulsion, which express the heroine's role within patriarchal discourses that reproduce women's desires and anxieties through phallocentric fantasy.

Keywords: fetishistic system; resentment; jealousy; revenge; object-oriented films; The Red Shoes; Phone; Acacia; Apartment

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Subjects: Film

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