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->''"AAAAAIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIEEEEEEEEEEEEE!" screamed Constance, as she was swept up in the arms of the murderous monstrosity!''
->''"AAAAAIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIEEEEEEEEEEEEE!" screamed the monster, as its spine cracked under the weight of the struggling blonde.''
-->-- '''Plan 7 of 9 from Outer Space'''

Back before VideoGames and all those newfangled, high budget horror films had completely desensitized viewers and [[NewMediaAreEvil ruined it for everybody!]] ... ''(cough)'' ... horror movies would attract audiences by doing the [[{{subtext}} visual equivalent of foreplay]] in a [[FilmPosters Film's Poster]], in this case presenting one of the following visual variations on an implied rape scene:

* '''Rape of the [[AbductionIsLove Sabine Woman]]''', in which the monster [[PietaPlagiarism holds an unconscious woman in his arms]] in [[BridalCarry a manner evoking the old-fashioned custom of a groom carrying his bride over the threshold of his house]] -- or, more ominously, CradlingYourKill.
* '''Supine Struggling''', in which a monster crouches over or attempts to pin down a woman lying on her back while she tries to escape.
* '''DeathRay Vision''', involving a woman who screams and/or backs into a corner at the mere sight of the monster ''glancing'' at her. (Perhaps she is GenreSavvy.)
* '''[[ToServeMan Playing with Its Food]]''', in which a giant monster either has obvious intent to eat a woman or is clutching her in its fist with the possible implication of [[ImAHumanitarian anthropophagy]].
* '''Touch of Evil''', in which the monster embraces or otherwise touches the woman in a way that would be almost innocuous if she weren't visibly disgusted and/or horrified -- though he is just as often touching her in a predatory manner. Another variant of this involves the monster ''almost'' touching the woman, to which she [[CowerPower cowers expressively]].
* '''From the Pages of Bettie''', which makes conspicuous use of BoundAndGagged (e.g., strapped to a MadScientist's laboratory table) and may be combined with any of the above styles.
* '''Calamari Surprise''', a variant of the immediately preceding item, but with tentacles as the restraining devices instead of standard bondage equipment.
* '''[[CradlingYourKill Angels' Envy]]''', a less commonly seen type wherein the monster gloats over or cradles a woman's ''corpse''. This variant differs from '''Rape of the Sabine Woman''' in that this woman is obviously dead. Note that this variant alone displays the aftermath rather than the setup.
* '''[[TeensAreMonsters Children in Heat]]''', named for the Misfits song, depicts a consensual encounter. This one is rare because it's much less effective at inciting horror than its sibling subtropes are.

Sometimes the menacing party is a ''man'' instead of a monster, which is even more disturbing for making the undertones (or overtones, depending on your viewpoint) more obvious.

A five-way chimaera of IHaveYouNowMyPretty, MarsNeedsWomen, MonsterMisogyny, DamselInDistress, and FetishFuel, though it may also engender {{Squick}} in those who see it. The trope was by no means limited to movie posters; [[OlderThanTelevision it started with pulp magazine covers]] and extended to comic books and video boxes, where it was a leading offense to {{Media Watchdog}}s and MoralGuardians. Of course, [[CoversAlwaysLie not all of the criticism was well-founded, since this trope was used even when monster-on-human action was not a plot point]].

This has become a DiscreditedTrope in recent years, [[FetishFuel at least in the mainstream]]. See also FreudWasRight.
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!!Examples: (sorted by variation)

!!!Rape of the Sabine Woman

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* This [[http://www.mangahere.com/manga/wolf_guy_ookami_no_monshou/v02/c009/ cover]] of ''Manga/WolfGuyWolfenCrest'' invokes this trope, but the werewolf is ''the good guy''.

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* ''[[http://imagecache2.allposters.com/images/pic/MG/143867~Tobor-the-Great-Posters.jpg Tobor the Great]]'' goes for this variant, and the tagline assures us that yes, he has "every human emotion," except apparently shame.
%%* ''Film/RobotMonster''
* One of the ''Invaders from Mars'', on the film's poster.
* The poster for ''Film/CreatureFromTheBlackLagoon'' fits this, through his intentions were quite honorable; he was the last of his kind and wanted a companion. However, that didn't stop him from being highly territorial and [[FantasticRacism mistrusting humans]].
* ''The Crimson Cult'', featured off to the side rather than in the center.
* The poster for ''Film/ForbiddenPlanet'' had Robbie the Robot carrying the female lead, even though Robbie wasn't a villain in this movie.
* In ''Film/{{Candyman}}'', Candyman carries the heroine, Helen, like this. Just to underline the sexual element, this takes place after she has agreed to 'surrender' to him, and before he lies her down on a table/bed, [[{{Fetish Fuel}} slides his hook up her skirt]] - and kisses her.
* Apparently the ''Film/FireMaidensFromOuterSpace'' [[CuteMonsterGirl weren't alien enough]], since the poster shows a grotesque monster and one of the titular maidens in a Sabine Woman-style pose.
* ''Satan's Satellites'': human (or humanoid)-on-human...and Satan is not present in the poster.
* The poster for ''Film/TheCabinetOfDrCaligari'' is a very early, probably [[TropeMaker Trope Making]] example of the Sabine Women one, combined with PietaPlagiarism.
%%* ''Film/BrideOfTheMonster''
* [[http://cache.io9.com/assets/images/io9/2008/06/thisislandearth-movposter.jpg One of the posters]] for ''Film/ThisIslandEarth''.
%%* ''Film/TheDayTheEarthStoodStill1951''
* Poster for ''Film/{{Tarantula}}'' shows the monster carrying a screaming woman in its mouth.
* On the original poster for ''Film/SwampThing''.
* Parodied in ''Film/MonsterInTheCloset'', when it's the ''hero'' that gets carried off in this fashion.

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* Spoofed in ''Series/RedDwarf''. TheCaptain is watching an old B&W BMovie showing a screaming female explorer being carried in the arms of a swamp creature. When they travel to a MirrorUniverse, the movie has the screaming swamp creature being carried off by the female explorer.
* Promotional photos of the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serials "The Keys of Marinus" and "The Ark" - "The Keys of Marinus" showed Susan being carried off by the Voord, and "The Ark" showed Dodo carried off by the Monoid. [[CoversAlwaysLie Neither scene happens in story, even slightly]].

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[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* Inverted in the module ''Weirder Tales'' for ''Tales from the Floating Vagabond'', featuring a wholesome Doris Day-esque 50's American housewife carrying away a horrified robot. ''That's the plot of the module''.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* The cover for ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPartnersInTime Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time]]'' show an unconscious Princess Peach being held in the arms of a Shroob.

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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/ab/%27Destroy_this_mad_brute%27_WWI_propaganda_poster_%28US_version%29.jpg This]] WorldWarI [[WartimeCartoon propaganda poster]] depicts Germany as a [[KillerGorilla rampaging killer ape]] brandishing a club and clutching the living Statue of Liberty in its arms.
* This [[http://binside.typepad.com/binside_tv/images/2008/03/22/lebron_vogue.jpg Vogue cover]] featuring [=LeBron=] James imitates the famous propaganda poster.

!!!Supine Struggling

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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''[[http://urbanfantasyland.files.wordpress.com/2008/01/wasp_woman.jpg The Wasp Woman]]'' (Inverted: the monster is female, crouching over a frightened human male. The caption strongly implies that she's going to rape him.)
* ''[[LovecraftOnFilm The Dunwich Horror]]'''s use may make it the most obviously sexualized example of all time. As if that weren't enough, the poster's caption all but states outright that the woman and the monster are having sex.
* The film trailers/posters of the 1932 film version of ''Film/MurdersInTheRueMorgue'' show part of the scene where [[KillerGorilla Erik]] crouches over Camille while she is sleeping. The film and trailer only show his shadow, though.

!!!DeathRay Vision

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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''[[http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/thisweekineducation/upload/2007/04/teen-ww.jpg I Was a Teenage Werewolf]]''
* ''[[http://www.moviewallpapers.net/images/wallpapers/1970/taste-the-blood-of-dracula/taste-the-blood-of-dracula-1-1024.jpg Taste the Blood of Dracula]]'' gives Christopher Lee DeathRay Vision, as well as greatly exaggerating his height.
* ''[[http://www.classicscifi.com/images/posters/frank1970.jpg Frankenstein 1970]]''
* Parodied on the video box for ''[[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0328945/ Cheerleader Massacre]]'', where the phallic symbolism in that particular example of DeathRay Vision is so obvious that it's ridiculous.
* ''It Conquered The World!''.
* ''Return of TheFly''
* ''[[http://monsterlandtoys.com/video/I%20Married%20A%20Monster%20From%20Outer%20Space.jpg I Married a Monster from Outer Space]]''

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[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* In ''ImpureBlood'', [[http://www.impurebloodwebcomic.com/Pages/Chapter006/ib038.html the Circus Nocturn poster]] has a blond young woman flinching away from an Ancient, looming over her.

!!!Playing with Its Food

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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/TheDayOfTheTriffids'': probably, given the monster's proportionate size to the woman's.
* ''Film/AttackOfTheCrabMonsters''. That woman is going to get eaten.

!!!Touch of Evil

!!!From the Pages of Bettie

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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/TheScreamingSkull'' uses this to portray the grim specter of Death haunting a woman.

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[[folder: Magazines ]]

* ''Weird Tales'' was and largely still is inordinately fond of all of this page's subtropes.

!!!Calamari Surprise

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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Monster from the Ocean Floor''

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* [[http://francesca.net/images/pulps/images/(WeirdTales3382005.JPG This]] was the cover of a comparatively recent issue of ''Weird Tales''.

!!!Angels' Envy
* See CradlingYourKill for examples.

!!!Children in Heat

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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''[[http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51TZM9G8HJL._SL500_AA240_.jpg The Long Hair of Death]]'''s use isn't disturbing in itself, but the subtext makes the woman seem suicidal.

!!!Multiple[=/=]Other

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[[folder: Art ]]

* Erotic-fantasy artist [[http://www.luisroyofantasy.com/en/index.php Luis Royo]] paints lot and lots of these, notably of the "consensual" type...

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[[folder: Collectible Cards ]]

* A couple of cards in the 1962 card series ''MarsAttacks!'' use the Touch of Evil version, though one of the unreleased cards has a rather graphic (and very obviously sexualized) depiction of Playing with Its Food/Angels' Envy. Another unreleased card is From the Pages of Bettie-style, but with more gore than obvious bondage, and, again, obviously sexualized.

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[[folder: Magazines ]]

* The now-defunct ''Weird Tales'' web site contained depictions of From the Pages of Bettie (including a male example), DeathRay Vision, and a surprising amount of Children in Heat.
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