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What Happened to the 'Erotic' in Hollywood?

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October 16, 2008

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I try to see as many movies as humanly possible. I get more of my fill of porn on a daily basis, so what I mean is that every Friday night I shell out some bucks at the cinema. Over the couple of years, I've seen way cool hyper-styled cheese flicks like "300", fascinating dramatic portraits like "Fur" and even some disturbingly confusing but interesting avant-garde films like "Inland Empire" (disturbingly confusing but interesting is David Lynch though, so it was to be expected). However, something is missing from Hollywood these days, other than good scripts I mean, and that's SEX. I guess you could always check out our list of porno flicks to get your fix instead. However, I still yearn for more sexiness Hollywood style as you find on Mr Skin.

Whatever happened to the erotic fantasy/thriller? The Hunger (1983) may not have been Tony Scott's best movie, although it also wasn't his worst, yet it was an infinitely sexy film. Who can deny that Catharine Deneuve's vampirous seduction of Susan Sarandon didn't turn them on at some level? I was obsessed with that movie for years and I imagine a lot of Goth's are still obsessed with it.

Basic Instinct (Verhoeven, 1992) is probably the most memorable erotic thriller I can think of and I recall even my mother saying that the sexual tension was so thick that probably everyone in the theatre ran home to 'fuck' right after seeing it. Unnervingly, she added, "we did," which was definitely a tidbit of information she could have left out of the conversation ( lol ).

Philip Kaufman has often delivered erotically charged atmospheres in his films. In fact, he's probably the best director of Hollywood erotic that I can think of off hand, especially considering The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988) and Henry And June (1990). He did direct The Right Stuff (1983) which wasn't erotic, but with a title like that it definitely should have been!

Still, it seems like forever since the last time I watched a truly erotic Hollywood film. A quick keyword search on IMDb doesn't return any sexy new releases or even upcoming productions. It seems that these days Tinsel Town isn't churning out sex, which is a shame because I love the moody sensual tease in a good erotic fantasy/ thriller. Hollywood erotic has always been much more of a turn on to me than any partially nude or titillating adult taunt site with their way too bright lighting, horrid music tracks and stiff stripteases. While Justin Timberlake may have brought Sexy Back, I wish Hollywood would take the cue and do the same.

Posted by sloth at October 16, 2008 1:01 AM

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