Nothing says disturbing like having sex with your humanoid “daughter” who you created in your laboratory. Vincenzo Natali’s Splice questions the uneasy relationship between science and ethics, but it also features a smarmy Adrien Brody as a scientist who crosses the line with his creation.
The Wayward Cloud
Water is a recurring theme in the work of Ming-liang Tsai. “For me, water means a lot of things. It’s my belief that human beings are just like plants. They can’t live without water or they’ll dry up,” the director said in a 2002 interview. “The more water you see in my movies, the more the characters need to fill a gap in their lives, to get hydrated again. If they are lonely people, with no love or no friends, you’ll see them drinking a lot of water. Sometimes, the water builds up and becomes a nuisance.” This need for a human connection manifests itself as watermelon in The Wayward Cloud, presented here as an erotic device that will either make you howl with laughter or turn you off of watermelon for the rest of your life.
Sex-crazed parasites need love too in David Cronenberg’s Shivers, where the residents of an apartment building become infected by the phallic creatures.
At the end of Larry Clark’s controversial portrayal of youth run amok, Justin Pierce’s Casper fittingly asks: “Jesus Christ, what happened?” Sex in the film is harrowing and reckless — if you can call it sex, that is. Conquest and curiosity trump all and, as Roger Ebert put it, “life is a kind of hell, briefly interrupted by orgasms”
The Return of Swamp Thing
“I’m a plant.” “That’s ok, I’m a vegetarian.” Cue the bizarre telepathic sex scene that we never wanted.