Seen any good (by good I mean bad) erotic thrillers?
December 21, 2013 6:40 AM   Subscribe

My wife and I are big fans of cheesy erotic thrillers. Can you suggest any we haven't seen?

We've worked our way through most of the "classics" of the genre, including Sliver, Jade, Showgirls, Basic Instinct (1 & 2), Killing Me Softly, Fatal Attraction, Wild Things, Cruel Intentions, Poison Ivy (1 & 2), Body of Evidence, Disclosure, Original Sin, Color Of Night, Shattered, Consenting Adults...I've probably forgotten a few, but you get the idea. Any others in a similar vein you'd recommend, hivemind?
posted by The Card Cheat to Media & Arts (33 answers total) 32 users marked this as a favorite
 
Body Heat
Body Double
Dressed to Kill
posted by carmicha at 6:51 AM on December 21, 2013


Maybe Cronenberg's Crash. I've seen it more than once, and I'm still not sure if it's good, bad or so bad it's good.
posted by dortmunder at 6:56 AM on December 21, 2013 [3 favorites]


Ah yes, I forgot Body Double, which is amazing.
posted by The Card Cheat at 7:03 AM on December 21, 2013


The Last Seduction
posted by Serene Empress Dork at 7:04 AM on December 21, 2013 [1 favorite]


Maybe you guys should go through the '90s part of Shannon Tweed's filmography.
posted by ignignokt at 7:32 AM on December 21, 2013 [2 favorites]


Palmetto.
posted by MoonOrb at 7:41 AM on December 21, 2013


Go retro, watch Vampyros Lesbos.
posted by matildaben at 7:42 AM on December 21, 2013


Bound
posted by vitabellosi at 8:03 AM on December 21, 2013 [4 favorites]


Diabolique? (US, 1996 version)
posted by vitabellosi at 8:22 AM on December 21, 2013


In the Cut. Unfaithful?
posted by Aquifer at 8:25 AM on December 21, 2013 [1 favorite]


The Black Widow
posted by Ouisch at 8:28 AM on December 21, 2013


You don't get much worse than The Rapture. I don't know if I could even hate-watch it again, despite David Duchovny's awesome hair.
posted by The corpse in the library at 8:34 AM on December 21, 2013


The Hunger
posted by Sweetie Darling at 9:02 AM on December 21, 2013 [5 favorites]


I think Lesbian Vampire Killers would count.
posted by shelleycat at 9:20 AM on December 21, 2013


Kissed (if you consider necrophilia erotic I guess)

Jade
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 9:22 AM on December 21, 2013


Something to look forward to on theaters: Nurse 3D
posted by vitabellosi at 9:23 AM on December 21, 2013


Yes, definitely Shannon Tweed's entire oeuvre. The fact that she is married to Gene Simmons makes it even better somehow.
posted by elizardbits at 9:54 AM on December 21, 2013 [3 favorites]


Wild Orchid.
posted by southern_sky at 10:07 AM on December 21, 2013 [1 favorite]


I'm not sure if this qualifies as bad-good or good-good and it's a little out of your genre, but try Secretary.
posted by workerant at 11:26 AM on December 21, 2013 [1 favorite]


Billy Zane's filmography is a good source for movies like this, particularly some of his older films like This World, Then the Fireworks; Lake Consequence is exactly up your alley if you can get ahold of it (Zalman King is apparently another good source of these); Dead Calm. Looks like Three and Survival Island are also more recent candidates that look promising.

Also maybe some of the older random Jeff Goldblum movies, depending on how much eroticism you are looking for, Mr. Frost is a good (bad) one, maybe also Hideaway or Into the Night, and apparently also Twisted Obsession, which I don't remember ever tracking down but looks pretty bad!
posted by KatlaDragon at 11:43 AM on December 21, 2013


Whispers in the Dark! So bad it's (not quite) good.
posted by lunasol at 12:25 PM on December 21, 2013


This may be a little too far afield, but Lust, Caution?
posted by AwkwardPause at 12:31 PM on December 21, 2013


Damage
posted by marsha56 at 12:34 PM on December 21, 2013


I will list what i think is kinda the obvious;
Scanners
Re-animator
Human Centipede
posted by foodybat at 12:37 PM on December 21, 2013


Go upmarket. Go French! Jean-Claude Brisseau's Secret Things actually has snob appeal.

If you like De Palma, don't miss Femme Fatale or his new one, Passion.

How about Damage with Jeremy Irons and Juliette Binoche? NC-17, hey yo. (Oh, I see marsha56 beat me to it. Anyway, seconded.)

Gotta second KatlaDragon's Zalman King recommendation. Two Moon Junction is kind of a key text in the history of cheesy erotic thrillers, doubly so if you have any kind of affection for Sherilyn Fenn from Twin Peaks.

Maybe Dream Lover with Madchen Amick, also from Twin Peaks. And Spader! (Make sure to get the "special sexy unrated version" as pictured at Wikipedia I guess.)

Foodybat, am I forgetting about an erotic moment or two in Scanners? I guess that dude with the mustache and glasses in that one scene with Michael Ironside gives pretty good head, but ...
posted by Mothlight at 2:33 PM on December 21, 2013


Looking for Mr. Goodbar, with a great, underappreciated Diane Keaton performance.
posted by thinkpiece at 3:09 PM on December 21, 2013


Chloe
9 1/2 weeks
Bad Timing: A Sensual Obsession
posted by edlundart at 3:15 PM on December 21, 2013


You need to see Zandalee starring Nicolas Cage. Steve Buscemi and Marissa Tomei are in it too but don't be fooled by talent, this movie is the pits!
posted by cazoo at 5:07 PM on December 21, 2013


La Bete - Walerian Borowczyk
posted by adamvasco at 5:10 PM on December 21, 2013


Go downmarket. Everything Russ Meyer ever made.
posted by flabdablet at 8:48 PM on December 21, 2013


Two words: Joan Severance
posted by Dr. Wu at 9:00 PM on December 21, 2013


Monster Porn?
posted by Carol Anne at 5:51 AM on December 22, 2013


In addition to Shannon Tweed, you may also want to look at Shannon Whirry's filmography in the 90's. Oh, the two Shannons. Good times.
posted by Errant at 2:28 PM on December 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


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