[WARNING: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS SPOILERS ABOUT SOME OF THE FILMS DISCUSSED.]
As the viewer sees what the camera sees, watching film inevitably engenders voyeurism and identification with the films’ protagonists, who remain, even today, predominantly male. The male gaze objectifies woman either as something to be looked at for pleasure (voyeuristic) or as something lacking (fetishistic -- based on psychoanalytic castration anxiety), according to feminist film theorist Laura Mulvey. The man dominates the passive woman, “an erotic object for both the characters within the film, as well as for the spectator … watching the film” (from Wikipedia).
“Horror films are commonly seen as one of the most sexist film genres; utilizing the voyeuristic male gaze, objectifying the female's body, and reveling in helpless women being victimized,” states Eli Lewy in a 2012 article. While some modern horror films subvert this standard (“The Descent,” final girl movies like “Scream”), others reinforce dominant/sadistic male and passive female. So who are the top horror voyeurs of classic and modern cinema? Read on to find out and enjoy the accompanying incredible original artwork.
TOP 10 HORROR VOYEURS: