A Taste for Leeches!: DVDs, Audience Configurations, and Generic Hybridity

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This essay explores the direct-to-DVD movie, successor to the direct-to-video cinema of the 1980s and 1990s, and argues that this field of cultural production offers a space for the generation and proliferation of 'undecidable' genre-hybrid films. Taking as a focus David DeCoteau's homoerotic creature-featureLeeches!, the article explores how audience groupings have been altered and reconstituted in relation to DVD as a distinct technology. The essay argues that the sheer volume of direct-to-DVD production facilitates perverse genre-blurring, and brings previously segregated niche audience demographics into contact and discussion with each other.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFilm and Television After DVD
EditorsJames Bennett, Tom Brown
Place of PublicationNew York and Abingdon, Oxon
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)978-0-415-96241-4
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • film, DVD, horror, genre, DTV


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