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Pregnant Horror

Kelly Oliver

in Knock Me Up, Knock Me Down

Published by Columbia University Press

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780231161091
Published online November 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780231530705 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.7312/columbia/9780231161091.003.0005
Pregnant Horror

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This chapter studies the various horror fantasies of women's role in reproduction and their reproductive choices. Pregnant horror films exhibit anxieties over women's reproductive capacities and desires, most prominently the fantasy of women's wombs nurturing evil and releasing inhuman spawn. These anxieties are related to dread over women's reproductive choices, particularly abortion and new Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ARTs). In films such as Rosemary's Baby (1968), The Astronaut's Wife (1999), Species (1995), and Splice (2009), the possibility of women giving birth to nonhuman species threatens the entire human race; this threat of animality and hybridity generally display anxieties about new reproductive technologies, “octomoms,” and fears of miscegenation.

Keywords: pregnant horror films; reproductive choices; abortion; Assisted Reproductive Technologies; hybridity; octomoms; miscegenation

Chapter.  13448 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Feminist Philosophy

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