Eros and Thanatos
Hollywood and the Teenage Marketplace
4. 1976 to the Present
Published Online: 13 NOV 2011
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Doherty, T. 2011. Eros and Thanatos. The Wiley-Blackwell History of American Film. 4:2:75.
- Published Online: 13 NOV 2011
In Hollywood parlance, a “four quadrant” film strikes the golden vein that scores with the four demographic pillars supporting a blockbuster yield (young/old, male/female), but any studio bottom liner knows that age pays better than gender and teen-age pays best of all. For the motion picture industry, the mother lode is the actuarial span from around 12 to 20, the chronological bookends for the gregarious, leisured, and tribally cohesive segment of the population whose hormones crave action and whose eyeballs seek diversion.
- horror films;
- teen comedies;