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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Men, Women, and Chainsaws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film (1992) is a film theory book by Carol J. Clover which achieved popularity beyond academia, it is credited with developing the "final girl" theory, which changed both popular and academic conceptions of gender in horror films.

The chainsaw in the title refers to the film The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.

Late 2002, Donato Totaro published a review of Carol Clover's book Men, Women, and Chainsaws. He pointed out that Carol Clover's "final girl" analysis is valid for American horror but not entirely applicable to European horror films, which often features the women as aggressor and femme fatale. In the words of Donato Totaro: "Returning to Carol Clover, her central argument does not work as consistently well in the European horror film, simply because the killers/murderers in Euro horror are often female!"

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