13 Weird Sex Scenes
Article By: Ben Raphael Sher
The strangest sex scenes ever filmed can be found in the horror genre, in which boundaries between the ordinary, the bizarre, and the unacceptable are meant to be broken. Interspecies incest, furry fun, swaying senior citizens: All this and more in this week’s sexually scary Friday 13.
Note: Rape is an act of violence, not sex. In horror films, the lines between the two are often blurred, sometimes offensively, and other times for progressive political purposes. This list includes examples of both, all of them seriously weird. We've titled this article "13 Weird Sex Scenes" for economy of language purposes.
And as you might expect from the topic, this list discusses sexual content and some clips have nudity, so this article is NSFW!
1. Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
Clip contains nudity! Again, emphasizing what we said at the beginning of the article, Rape is an act of violence, not sex.
A bunch of naked, chanting octogenarians surround Mia Farrow on a bed while Sidney Blackmer paints her body. Mia hallucinates that she receives visits from Jackie Kennedy and the pope before being raped (and impregnated) by Satan.
2. The Shining (1980)
While Shelley Duvall runs from her axe-wielding husband, The Overlook Hotel begins to reveal imagery from its sordid past to her. This imagery includes a distinguished gentleman in a tuxedo receiving oral sex from a man in a bear suit. Miley Cyrus must have gotten some ideas from this scene. Shelley reacts like most of the audience at the VMA’s reacted to Miley’s musical version of this scene, proving that people need to loosen up about sexy bear suits! To each his own!
3. Evil Dead (1981)
A vicious tree sexually assaults Cheryl, giving her the ultimate STD: Demonic possession. In 1980, this scene made many audience members cower with fear as they realized that they were in the hands of filmmakers who might actually be insane.
4. Basket Case 3 (1991)
Everybody deserves love. Everybody includes Belial, the murderous, deformed, formerly conjoined twin from the Basket Case movies. In Basket Case 3 he meets another like himself, and they form the family for which he always yearned. This love scene is an ecstatic celebration of difference.
5. Nekromantik (1987)
Did you ever wonder what necrophilia looked like? Voila! This film, about a love triangle between a couple and a rotting corpse, has been banned in a number of countries for its sheer perversity. For decorum’s sake, we cannot show the film’s lengthy necrophiliac ménage a trois. However, you’ll find plenty to provoke in the scene, which plays country singer Brenda Lee’s cover of “Always On My Mind” over some of the film’s most jaw dropping scenes.
6. The Entity (1982)
Again, see our note at the beginning of the article: Rape is an act of violence, not sex. In horror films, the lines between the two are often blurred, sometimes offensively, and other times for progressive political purposes.
Barbara Hershey gave a riveting performance as a woman repeatedly raped by an invisible, supernatural entity. She goes to police and psychiatrists, who refuse believe her. They blame her “fantasies” on everything from possible mental illness to the stress of being a single mother. The Entity, which is allegedly based on a true story, brilliantly uses supernatural film tropes to convey a message about much of society’s refusal to see rape and take it seriously.
7. Videodrome (1983)
Videodrome is chock full of batshit crazy sex scenes. In (arguably) the strangest, James Woods penetrates a suspiciously Georgia O’ Keefe-esque wound in his stomach with a gun, all the while groaning with ambiguous pleasure.
8. Motel Hell (1980)
A couple of swingers check in to the Motel Hello and immediately try to seduce the decidedly homely cannibal siblings, Vincent and Ida Smith. They then proceed to enact the least sexy fetish scene ever, while uttering lines like “Let’s get greasy!” Vincent and Ida show up with a rope and some gas, and things get really exciting.
9. Witchery AKA Witchcraft (1988)
Clip contains nudity!
One of the most bizarre and inexplicable late night cable staples of the early 1990s, Witchery follows the travails of an old witch/former movie star who lives in an abandoned hotel in Massachusetts. She subjects all those who cross her path to disturbing acts of sexual violence (um, at least it’s a female perpetrator for a change?). The witch’s gooey-mouthed demon friend (possibly Satan) needs to impregnate a virgin so that she can be reborn, or something. So, in the film’s sickest sex scene, said demon violates David Hasselhoff’s girlfriend (played by the fabulously, legendarily monotone Leslie Cummins). Watch this one at your own risk.
10. Bride of Chucky (1998)
Who says that Chucky can’t be tender? Chucky and his true love, Tiffany (the perfect Jennifer Tilly), murder the occupants of a honeymoon suite, get engaged, and consummate their bond. It’s so nice, in this day and age, to see a couple wait a while and get to know each other before jumping into bed.
11. Possession (1981)
What’s worse than finding out that your wife wants a divorce when you don’t? Walking in on her having the best sex of her life with another person while you try to save your marriage. What’s worse than that? Walking in on her having the best sex of her life with an octopus creature who happens to be her offspring. Andre Zulawski, the king of depressing art horror, presents new levels of awkward heartbreak.
12. True Blood, “It Hurts Me Too” (2010)
J.R. and Sue Ellen Ewing never had hate sex like this. The hatred/chemistry between Bill Compton and his maker/arch-nemesis Lorena finally explodes in an act of aggressive, unbridled passion, that becomes so intense with anger infused lust that Bill turns Lorena’s head around 180 degrees, and she confesses her undying love for him.
13. The Lords of Salem (2012)
Rob Zombie’s occult horror masterpiece is a veritable feast of sexual perversity. Perhaps its most obvious weird sex scene involves Sherri Moon Zombie, a priest, oral sex, a monologue about goats, and black vomit. However, the film’s most exhilaratingly evil moment of sexual innuendo proves that, sometimes, dirty talk achieves more than any physical act ever could. Endless hosannas to the beautiful Judy Geeson, icon, powerhouse, and genius, for the following one-woman triumph.
Ben Raphael Sher earned a Ph.D. from UCLA, where he also teaches. His work appears in “Fangoria,” “Backstage,” and the books “Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide,” (2007 and 2008 eds.), “The Cinema of Rob Zombie: A Social and Political Philosophy of Horror” and “From Madea to Mogul: Critical Perspectives on Tyler Perry” (forthcoming in 2015). He is a regular co-host of the Retro Movie Love podcast. You can read more of his work here.