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Kelly Oliver

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780231161091

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231161091.001.0001

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Pregnant Horror

Pregnant Horror

Gestating the Other(s) Within

(p.110) 4 Pregnant Horror
Knock Me Up, Knock Me Down

Kelly Oliver

Columbia University Press

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

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