House of Psychotic Women


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House of Psychotic Women: An Autobiographical Topography of Female Neurosis in Horror and Exploitation Films (Expanded Edition) by Kier-la Janisse

Hardcover – Fab Pr – Oct 2022 – 448 pages

Cinema is full of neurotic personalities, but few things are more transfixing than a woman losing her mind onscreen. Horror as a genre provides the most welcoming platform for these histrionics: crippling paranoia, desparate lonliness, masochistic death-wishes, dangerous obsessiveness, apocalyptic hysteria. Unlike her male counterpart–‘the eccentric’–the female neurotic lives a shamed existence, making these films those rare places where her destructive emotions get to play.

Named after the U.S> retitling of Carlos Aured’s The Blue Eyes of the Broken DollThe House of Psychotic Women is an examination of these characters through a daringly personal autobiographical lens. Anecdotes and memories interweave with film history, criticism, trivia and confrontational imagery to create a reflective personal history and examination of female madness, both onscreen and off.

This sharply-designed book with a 48-page full-color section is packed with rare stills, posters, press books and artwork that combine with family photos and artifacts to form a titillating sensory overload, with a filmography that traverses the acclaimed and the obscure in equal measure.

Filmes covered include:

  • The Entity,
  • Black Swan,
  • Repulsion,
  • 3 Women,
  • The Corruption of Chris Miller,
  • Singapore Sling,
  • Christiane F.,
  • Toys Are Not for Children,
  • Let’s Scare Jessica to Death,
  • The Haunting of Julia,
  • Mademoiselle,
  • Out of the Blue,
  • Secret Ceremony,
  • Cutting Moments,
  • Dr. Jeckyll and His Women
  • The Piano Teacher,
  • Posession,
  • The Brood,
  • Antichrist
  • and hundreds more!


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