Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Horror Movie Sex
What do we learn from horror movie sex? Not a lot about technique actually, but a lot about quickies. It seems that you are your most vulnerable when you are distracted working hard and fast to get that great prize - orgasm. We know the rule about horror movie sex; stupid teens having sex like bunny rabbits will be killed. Virtuous girls who hold out, will survive. Was this an early lesson about STDs?
Over the years, the cautionary tales about casual sex have changed and, in fact, modern horror stories often involve sex with the bad guy; vampires, werewolves, killers ("Scream") and many killers are sexualized like in "Ginger Snaps" and "Bram Stoker's Dracula." I'm intrigued that those lines are not clear any longer. It gives horror a better element of no rules and no predictability
Ultimately, for women, it goes back to that bad guy scenario. The guy you shouldn't have is the very one you want. Why? Every woman harbors a desire to find that seed of humanity in a man and make a beast into a human. We like to think that we can so affect a man, we can change him into something suitable. Just look at Bella in "Twilight."
Now, for the men, it's the idea of a woman being aggressive (vampire, werewolf, witch) and taking him. What guy doesn't like the concept of not having to pursue and having a sure thing? Not only a sure thing, but a woman who will take what she wants instead of whining and pleading for it and making him wonder how she wants it.
Should the new motto of horror movies be "if you can't beat `em, join `em?" Perhaps. It's evident that "virtue" is no longer realistic or desirable in horror movies. We have evolved past that naive phase of our social evolution.
So, what does the future offer us in sex in horror movies? If it reflects society and nowadays people are overstressed, overworked and undersexed...it might mean a drought in our horror movies as far as sexual portrayals, or it could have the opposite effect and offer much more explicit sex such as in the movie "Animals" which I think has the very best sex ever in a horror movie. In fact, I completely forgot it was supposed to be a horror movie.
Now, if someone could just balance the two, they would have all of us riveted. Great sex, great horror thrills--best combo ever!
(*3 more days until my vlog is up on the blog and you get to meet me*)
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