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You've got a nice list there.  But, since you asked, don't forget such trash as
the Scream films (and other slashers), Eve of Destruction, Tomb Raider,
Charlie's Angels, and Cutthroat Island; not to mention anything starring Cynthia
Rothrock (former Karate champion, direct-to-video queen, mostly in cop movies).
Also recall Carol Clover's wonderful work on rape-revenge films.

I'm a fan of Juliet Lewis's action in Natural Born Killers.  For more refs, you
might check out (caution, self-serving plug on the way) Reel Knockouts: Violent
Women in the Movies, U Texas Press, 2001, which includes work on Set it Off,
Waiting to Exhale, The Quick and the Dead, stripper movies, women-in-chains
flicks, the Hong Kong martial arts genre, etc.

If you include the tube as well as the screen, then you have the sublime show
Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

However, the creme de la creme is the newer Canadian werewolf flick Ginger
Snaps.  One might make a case that only a female screen writer would dream up
such realistic malevolence in a fifteen-year-old girl.

Happy viewing, and good luck with the course.  Feel free to send us a link to a

"Pizzato, Mark" wrote:

> I'm teaching a spring course on "Violent Screen Women."  Here are the films
> I have used in teaching this course before (or plan to add), but I'm looking
> for others that any of you might recommend as insightful or significant.
> Also, does anyone know if THE BROOD is available on VHS/DVD in the United
> States?  It's only available in Britain according to
> Psycho [videorecording] / dir. Alfred Hitchcock
> Alien [videorecording] / dir. Ridley Scott
> Aliens [videorecording] / directed by James Cameron.
> Alien3 [videorecording] /  a film by David Fincher.
> Alien resurrection [videorecording] /directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet
> Beloved, dir Jonathan Demme
> The exorcist [videorecording] /Warner Bros. Pictures ; a William Friedkin
> film.
> The Hunger [videorecording] / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer ;  directed by Tony Scott.
> Carrie [videorecording] / United Artists ; directed by Brian De Palma.
> I spit on your grave [videorecording] / Cinemagic Pictures, directed by Meir
> Zarchi.
> Sisters (De Palma, 1973)
> The Silence of the lambs [videorecording]
> Interview with a Vampire
> Bram Stoker's Dracula [videorecording] / directed by Francis Ford Coppola
> Thelma and Louise
> Fatal attraction [videorecording]
> Basic instinct [videorecording] : directed byPaul Verhoeven.
> Terminator 2 [videorecording] : judgment day / directed by James Cameron
> Death And The Maiden / [Videorecording] Roman Polanski
> WITCHES OF EASTWICK, dir. George Miller (1987)
> BLUE STEEL (1990, dir. Kathryn Bigelow)
> MORTAL THOUGHTS (1991, dir. Alan Rudolph)
> BLACK WIDOW (1986, dir. Bob Rafelson)
> DEATH BECOMES HER (1992, dir. Zemeckis)
> Diabolique (Les diaboliques), 1955.  Director, Henri-Georges Clouzot
> Diabolique [videorecording] / Directed by Jeremiah Chechik.
> HEAVENLY CREATURES, dir. Peter Jackson (1994)
> HEATHERS, dir. Michael Lehmann (1989)
> THE STEPFATHER, dir. Joseph Ruben (1987)
> Extremities (Robert M. Young, 1986)
> The Brood (David Cronenberg, 1979)
> Mark Pizzato, PhD
> Assoc. Prof. of Theatre
> Dept. of Dance and Theatre
> Univ. of North Carolina at Charlotte
> Charlotte, NC 28223
> Phone: (704) 687-4488
> FAX: 704-687-3795
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