The horror genre is often associated with erotic sex scenes and gratuitous nudity. It’s ironic though. What does sexual arousal have to do with fear? What does nudity have to do with horror?
Apparently a lot because the sex scene is a trademark of a scary movie. Perhaps the reason is that eroticism and death are actually intwined in human nature. Sexual reproduction is one of the only ways we can overcome death and create new life when are own bodies are decaying.
Whatever the reason, sex scenes are rampant in horror cinema. Some of these scenes are funny, others horrifying, some feminist (others misogynistic) and some even actually romantic and steamy.
Here’s the master list of horror’s genre’s sex scenes. Get ready for some intensity on all levels.
Vampires are the sexist of all mythical horror creatures and in this German horror flick things are indeed sexual. While the movie is laden with nudity and bizarre sex scenes, the opening sequences leaves a memorable impression on all viewers. It begins with a woman erotically dancing in front of a mirror and then she proceeds to seduce a woman pretending to be a mannequin. It also turns out this whole sex scene is happening at a public art show and it might not just be normal sex, as someone in here might also be a vampire.
Daughters of Darkness is Belgian horror flick directed by Harry Kümel and contains an early cinematic example not only of vampire sex, but of a threesome with vampires. Like so many vampire movies, it also touches on the topic of virginity and lesbianism.
This obscure horror film from the early 1970s is a low budget French movie. There’s a gang-rape scene in which the victims surprisingly wind up with new magical powers after having sex with one of the rapists in particular. The movie is stuffed wall-to-wall with sex, with the occasional clown and exorcism sprinkled in for spiciness. It’s probably more weird than erotic, unless that is your thing.
It’s one of those summer camp movies where everyone winds up dead, but at this summer camp, everyone seems hornier than usual. We won’t describe the final scene; it has to be watched to be believed. It’s also a pretty good movie and worth a watch, one critic on Rotten Tomatoes describes the film thus: “An atypical slasher movie that blurs the lines between high and low art, good and bad acting, male and female, proficiency and ineptitude, sophistication and primitivism.”
While the original Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) by Wes Craven had very few sexual references, and was quite tame sexually relative to other 80s horror movies, this sequel which was not directed by Wes Craven has an incredibly explicit scene between a young boy and a nurse. The nurse comes in on the young patient and tells him to unzip her. She then exposes her breasts and a white thong and begins to have sex with the boy. As one reviewer notes: “Happily there is one scene of sensational nudity provided by the sexy and seductive nurse at the mental hospital.”
Bram Stoker’s Dracula is horror flick that is packed with sex and in this case vampire sex. In the most exceptional scene, the vampire’s wife almost gets penetrated by some weird werewolf character while she kisses some repulsive unidentifiable creature. It’s hotter than it sounds, despite how weird that sounds in the first place. There are also plenty of sexy vampires throughout the film, although no nudity.
In Wes Craven’s self-aware slasher film, we see a sex scene that pokes fun of all the sex scenes and nudity in the horror genre. In what is considered one of the most cerebral sex scenes in horror cinema, and certainty the biggest tease, we see Neve Campbell’s character begin to engage in intercourse and take of her top, but as she does this the scene flashes to a bunch of young teenage boys watching John Carpenter’s movie Halloween (1979). The kids watching the movie inside the movie keep wanting to see nudity that alludes them, just as it does in the Neve Campbell sex scene. In the sequels of Scream, we see similar scenes and similar poking of fun of sex scenes.
Director Mary Harron adapted Bret Easton Ellis’ disturbing novel American Psycho into a surreal, serial killer cult classic. The sex scenes in this movie are often with prostitutes and are a strange mixture of dark, absurd, comedic and perhaps sexy if you think lead actor, Christian Bale, is attractive as a psychopath.
The sex scene that became so famous is in the middle of the movie when Bale’s character invites two prostitutes to his lux Manhattan apartment and makes a film of them having sex. What made the scene so popular was the joke that Bale’s character seemed more into watching himself have sex in the mirror than actually having sex.
Teeth, directed by filmmaker Mitchell Lichtenstein, is the story of a woman named Dawn who has a real-life case of the mystical condition known as vagina dentata—a vagina that has teeth. What happens in this movie is truly sex…and horror…and comedy…. and revenge all at the same time. A woman’s vagina bites off her rapist’s penis. You can’t call this a sex scene, but it is one of the best horror movie scenes involving sex.
The lesbian sex and kissing scene between Megan Fox and Amanda Seyfried in Jennifer’s Body was heavily marketed and hyped when the movie first came out. In fact, the movie was marketed more to horny young boys than an actual horror fans. The reality though is this sex scene was just a small slice of the movie and later reception saw this film as hardly a sexual film and more a feminist manifesto. Nevertheless, this 2 minute love scene lives in infamy as one of the most famous erotic moments in horror cinema.
Megan Fox also recalls that the sex scene was not sexy at all to film. Here is what she had to say about it:
I remember Amanda and I were horrified that we had to make out. Her more so than me. I was slightly more comfortable being able to do it. She was not excited about having to film that scene at all. I remember we were both stressed out because we had chin acne and there was gonna be this micro-close-up of us kissing. [I remember thinking] ‘They have to paint that out!’ I don’t even know if they did, but that was a very stressful scene for the two of us.
This often forgotten Tim Burton movie was a reboot of a gothic TV show of the same name. While TV shows, at least those that aired before the days of streaming, aren’t one for steamy sex scenes, the movie version has Johnny Depp and Michelle Pfeiffer in a mind-blowing love scene. Johnny Depp is a vampire. Michelle Pfeiffer is a witch. And they go at it incredibly strong in the film. As one YouTube commenter remarks: “Uhh this is the most weirdest sex scene I had ever seen” — indeed, indeed.
Directed by the Soska sisters, See No Evil 2 is a slasher film that was released directly to home video. It merges horror and sex well in a scene that is a clear display of necrophilia, that is sexual attraction to corpses. In the scene, a couple escapes from a party and goes to a morgue where they look at a dead body and then proceed to do the deed.
Here is how the Parent’s Guide describes this sex scene: “A man discovers that he enjoys being choked. A woman chokes him and he chokes her in return. This leads to a briefly-seen sex scene in which both characters are seen to be nude, but the actors’ bodies are arranged in a way that no nudity is seen.” The entire film is about two thieves that break into house then get stuck in it and start a romantic relationship as they enter a hostage situation; the genre is more comedy with horror/home invasion elements, but the sex scene is memorable just for how silly it is.
Midsommar, directed by Ari Aster, has one of the most bizarre, humiliating and mind-bending sex scenes in horror movie history. A man is subjected to a sex ritual with a woman (who before baked him a pie with her pubic hair in it). That sex ritual also involves everyone else in the commune, including her family. The actor, Jack Reynor, who was in the scene said in an interview: “Every day, going to work and shooting something that is incredibly humiliating and upsetting personally and thinking about yourself in the context of it and trying to put yourself in the position of it…it was hard-core.”
It’s a real psychological thriller of a scene and to boot a generally disturbing movie that meshes romance, fairy tales, and breaking up into one masterpiece of a film.
More Horror Film Sex Scenes
- Cannibal Holocaust (1980) it’s hard to pick one scene from this gore and nude fest of a film; but perhaps the most memorable scene a man enters a lake nude and then is pleasured by several people that enter the lake with him.
- An American Werewolf in London (1981) Van Morrison provides the soundtrack for this sex scene where actor David Naughton has sex with his nurse in the shower while in the hospital.
- The Hunger (1983) although the film is packed to the gills with sex, the most memorable scene is the one where a female doctor named Sarah gets hot and heavy with a female ingenue named Miriam for some steamy girl-on-girl vampire sex.
- Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989) in this Japanese cyberpunk movie, there is a scene where the Iron Man’s body slowly changes into metal. He discovers that his penis has transformed into a giant power drill, which he uses to rape and kill his girlfriend. It’s sex and horror combined at the same moment.
- Antichrist (2009) this is one of those films where it’s hard to tell where the horror stops and the sex starts…and vice-versa. Even more controversially, the actors reportedly had real sex for their sex scenes; yes that it is an unsimulated sex scene.
- Reel Evil (2010) this horror movie features a sex scene recorded on a camcorder. If you buy the DVD, the deleted scenes contain a moment with full frontal nudity.
- Cabin in the Woods (2012) The standout sex scene involves Chris Hemsworth and Anna Hutchinson doin’ it in the middle of the jungle—which is sexy enough—but Hutchinson also reveals all.
- Pirhana 3D (2010) the Pirhana franchise merges horror, suspense, porn and absurdity. For plenty of sex scenes, just watch this.