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Thirteen Women (1932): An Unacknowledged Horror Classic

Thirteen Women (1932): An Unacknowledged Horror Classic dawn keetley and gwen hofmann although david archainbaud’s T hir teen article stakes a claim, then, for the place of Thirteen Women within the horror tradition—in­ Women (1932) has earned brief mention in several compendia of horror films, it has never deed, for its shaping of that tradition—it argues received extended analysis. In an insightful re­ that the film was ahead of its time, partaking as view of the DVD, which was released as part of much of post­ 1960s horror as of classic horror. the Warner Archive Collection in 2012, John Bei­ Based on the best­ selling novel by Tiffany fuss notes that Thirteen Women is “not exactly Thayer, Thirteen Women was produced by a horror film,” yet he goes on to map its numer­ David O. Selznick for R. K. O. Radio Pictures ous “horror themes,” drawing a line from Ar­ and was released in September 1932. Like so chainbaud’s film to both Friday the 13th (Sean many subsequent horror films, Thirteen Women S. Cunningham, 1980) and the Final Destination features a vengeful killer stalking members We argue that despite franchise (2000–11). of a sorority, all of whom attended St. Albans Beifuss’s hedging, Thirteen Women is in http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Film and Video University of Illinois Press

Thirteen Women (1932): An Unacknowledged Horror Classic

Journal of Film and Video , Volume 68 (1) – Mar 9, 2016

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University of Illinois Press
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1934-6018

Abstract

dawn keetley and gwen hofmann although david archainbaud’s T hir teen article stakes a claim, then, for the place of Thirteen Women within the horror tradition—in­ Women (1932) has earned brief mention in several compendia of horror films, it has never deed, for its shaping of that tradition—it argues received extended analysis. In an insightful re­ that the film was ahead of its time, partaking as view of the DVD, which was released as part of much of post­ 1960s horror as of classic horror. the Warner Archive Collection in 2012, John Bei­ Based on the best­ selling novel by Tiffany fuss notes that Thirteen Women is “not exactly Thayer, Thirteen Women was produced by a horror film,” yet he goes on to map its numer­ David O. Selznick for R. K. O. Radio Pictures ous “horror themes,” drawing a line from Ar­ and was released in September 1932. Like so chainbaud’s film to both Friday the 13th (Sean many subsequent horror films, Thirteen Women S. Cunningham, 1980) and the Final Destination features a vengeful killer stalking members We argue that despite franchise (2000–11). of a sorority, all of whom attended St. Albans Beifuss’s hedging, Thirteen Women is in

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Journal of Film and VideoUniversity of Illinois Press

Published: Mar 9, 2016

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