Arnold, Sarah. Maternal Horror Film: Melodrama and Motherhood. Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
Maternal Horror Film: Melodrama and Motherhood explores the horror genre’s obsession with maternal figures and the apprehensions concerning the shifting nature of motherhood. Using predominantly US and European case studies, Arnold focuses a critical eye on horror films’ two dominant representations of motherhood—the self-sacrificing and the demonic. Arnold then expands this discourse to representations within East Asian horror texts, suggesting that, while these texts may have “some cultural or historical specificity”, there is a dialogue occurring that crosses genres, eras, and national cinemas and cultures.