DesiringDexter: The pangs and pleasures of serial killer body technique

Stephanie Green
2012 Continuum. Journal of Media and Cultural Studies  
The television series Dexter uses the figure of appealing monstrosity to unfold troubled relationships between corporeality, spectatorship and desire. Through a plastic-wrapped display of body horror, lightly veiled by suburban romance, Dexter turns its audience on to the consuming sensations of blood, death and dismemberment while simultaneously alluding to its own narrative and ethical contradictions. The excitations of Dexter are thus encapsulated within a tension between form and content as
more » ... ambivalent and eroticised desire; both for heroic transgression and narrative resolution. Arguably, however, it is Dexter's execution of a carefully developed serial killer body technique which makes this series so compelling. Through an examination of Dexter and his plotted body moves, this paper explores the representations of intimacy and murderous identity in this contemporary example of domestic screen horror entertainment.
doi:10.1080/10304312.2012.698037 fatcat:gcjy2uv7rzh5daokdmjlcqq37e