No matter how much Hollywood and film fans attempt to remove themselves from the image of the customary voyeur steaming up their glasses at the sight of a simulated sex scene, the continuing appeal of such scenes means that it continues to be fitting to suggest that sex sells.
Quite simply, nothing allows for a quicker display of character affection than a strategically placed sex scene. But then, that’s not always strictly the case, is it? Sex scenes in movies are used for all sorts of reasons outside of the romantic. And on occasion, they can get pretty weird.
With that, we thought we’d run down some of the oddest sex scenes in film history. Some are comical. Some are twisted, transgressive and pretty messed up. And some are downright loathsome and we really don’t want to watch them ever again. All, however, once seen cannot be unseen, so consider yourself warned.
So, with a strong NSFW warning firmly in place, let’s get started.
30. Jackie Brown (1997)
We’re going to kick this list off with the tamest scene of the bunch. But don’t worry. It gets worse. Much worse. In Quentin Tarantino’s most underrated film, Louis (Robert De Niro) has just come home from prison. He meets up with his old pal Ordell (Samuel L. Jackson) who lives with his “beach bunny” Melanie (Bridget Fonda). The first time Louis and Melanie are left alone we get to witness one of the most awkward sex scenes ever.
After a few minutes of talking about discos, power shakes, and Japan, Melanie flat out asks Louis if he wants to have sex (she’s pretty explicit about it). As the two grind and gyrate together on the spot – her seemingly uninterested and him panting and grunting like a dying gorilla – it’s hard not to feel slightly traumatized, as though you’ve just walked in on your parents and saw something you really didn’t want to see. After Louis finishes, the two causally go about their business. Not the most erotic of on-screen encounters but, hey, it certainly has an effect; most likely the exact effect that Tarantino intended.
29. Super (2010)
After losing his wife to a local drug-dealer, Frank Darbo (Rainn Wilson) is determined to become a superhero, even if he doesn’t know how to go about it. He meets Libby (Ellen Page), a 22-year-old exuberant working at a comic book store. He stitches his own costume – a red uniform containing the obvious joke of zippers dangling on the front – and becomes The Crimson Bolt.
Soon enough, Libby enlists herself as the Crimson Bolt’s sidekick, Boltie, and demonstrates gleeful excitement when witnessing and partaking in violent vigilante justice. Libby soon becomes enamored with Frank, but her advances are turned down as Frank insists that he is still married. Arguing that it is different when they are in their superhero identities, Libby borderline rapes Frank while the two are in costume. It’s definitely not something you see everyday.
28. Bride Of Chucky (1998)
The fourth entry of the Child’s Play franchise opens with Chucky’s ex-girlfriend Tiffany (Jennifer Tilly) resurrecting our favorite killer doll. After a few misunderstandings (which includes Chucky killing Tiffany and transferring her soul into a doll), the two end up on an impromptu road trip, leaving countless dead bodies in their wake.
At a motel stop, Chucky earnestly decides to propose to Tiffany. What happens next is… well, let’s just say that the film’s poster wasn’t lying when it read “Chucky Gets Lucky.” Indeed, the doll sex scene is pretty hilarious, and, apparently the two actors ad-libbed their dialogue. “Have you got a rubber?” she asks. “I’m all rubber!” he shoots back. Yes, in addition to bleeding, the dolls can now cry, spit, kiss, and make love. Good for them.
27. Howard The Duck (1986)
A film so appallingly misguided that we’re still waiting for it to be revealed as one big put-upon in the first place (kind of like producer George Lucas’ later Star Wars prequels), Howard The Duck reaches its lowest low with the would-be sex scene between Cleve-Land rocker chick Beverly (Lea Thompson) and the titular wisecracking, cigar-chomping alien duck.
“I just can’t seem to find the right man,” Beverley says wistfully. “Maybe it’s not a man you should be looking for.” Howard replies with a nudge and a wink. After Beverly starts to show interest back, Howard becomes skittish and shuts her down. At one point Beverly is about to take her top off and Howard stops her, effectively putting an end to what would have effectively ruined audience’s lives everywhere. Also, it should be noted, the scene has a boner gag where Howard’s feathers flare up like an erect penis. The ’80s were a strange time.
26. It Follows (2015)
After a seemingly innocent sexual encounter, 19-year-old Jay (Maika Monroe) learns that she’s been given a sexually transmitted entity, one that takes the form of various people only the inflicted person can see. You’re dead if the creature catches up to you. Being the good friend and neighbor that he is, Greg (Daniel Zovatto) agrees to have sex with Jay to rid her of her burden. Greg, unlike Jay, does not easily see “the curse” as she does. In fact, he seems to be convinced that the curse is made up, until a certain moment confirms that it is indeed very real.
While Jay is sleeping, she awakes to see a person, who looks like Greg, break a window to get inside his own house. She then runs across the street, and leaps through the window to try and save Greg. When she climbs the top of the stairs, Jay finds a familiar figure knocking on Greg’s door – His Mother. Though she appears to be in her nightgown and looking natural, it is revealed that this isn’t actually his mother – but the curse taking on her form. When Jay turns the corner, we see his mother having sex with Greg’s dead corpse on the floor, with her restraining him by holding his arms tightly. It’s quite disturbing.