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Lee Gambin is a writer, author and film historian. He writes for Fangoria, Shock Till You Drop, Delirium, Warner Bros. and Scream Magazine. He has written the books Massacred By Mother Nature: Exploring the Natural Horror Film, We Can Be Who We Are: Movie Musicals of the 1970s and the soon to be released The Howling: Studies in the Horror Film. He runs Melbourne based film society Cinemaniacs and lectures on cinema studies, currently working on a lecture series called "Can You Dig It?: Tortured Young Men in Film from 1976-1986 while working on two new books - one on the Stephen King adaptation "Cujo" entitled Nope, Nothing Wrong Here: The Making of Cujo and another book with collaborator Cris Wilson called Tonight, On A Very Special Episode: A History of Sitcoms that Sometimes Got Serious.

I Don’t See the Shirtless Ones: Denying the Male Aesthetic of Slasher Films

It can be argued that there is a massive cultural and artistic difference in the image of a bare chested woman to a bare chested man in film, however, when one denies “seeing” the male form as something more than a character in transition from being clothed to not, it can be absolutely considered a dismissal of female and non-hetero male sexuality.

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“I’m Going to Go Back There Someday”: The Incurable Romance and Magic of The Muppet Movie (1979)

What Jim Henson and his team did for the world of children’s entertainment is not only historically important, but undeniably life affirming. It is a portrait of a culturally significant belief in the fact that adults can always hang onto what the Muppets represented: fun, laughs, camaraderie, sentimentality, irreverence, warmth, sweetness, silliness and above all else, a dedication to creativity and art.

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