Right from the beginning of cinema, filmmakers have resorted to titillation and sensuality to sell their films at the box office. Some however push the boundaries when it comes to depicting sex on-screen with an intention of shocking the audience or to create a niche for themselves as the first one to do so. Whatever might be their intention the formula seemed to have worked for hundreds of film-makers. So let’s have a look at the list of top sexy horror movies ever made. You can stream some of these sexiest horror movies on Hulu or Amazon Prime.
15. It Follows (2014)
A supernatural psychological thriller, this film made its debut at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. A horror film that bears Tarantino’s seal of approval has to be by all logical understanding, a well-made film. The content lives up to the reputation and has a brilliant character development and a slow steady building of tension accentuated by the soundtrack and the very ambiguous ending. The plot follows a metaphorical monster that stalks victims and kills it and this can be transmitted to another victim through sex. The film has often been seen as a symbolism for sexually transmitted diseases but the true horror of the film sparks from the nightmarish quality where escape simply is not an option.
14. Black Swan (2010)
Darren Aronofsky is the modern ambassador of analytically drawing the most depressing and disturbing analogies with a frightening perfection. With an ensemble cast of Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel, Mila Kunis, Barbara Hershey and Winona Ryder, ‘Black Swan’ chronicles the story of a committed dancer who wins the lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake”. However, all merriness turns into sour hell when she starts to struggle to maintain her sanity whilst engaging in an unhealthy obsession in understanding her role. The movie finds itself in the core of human psychology and the minds’ fixation of obtaining perfection. Premiering at the Venice International Film Festival, ‘Black Swan’ glacially seeped in the unripe veins of the audience to transform into one of 2010’s best films. The film completely rests upon a historic performance by both Natalie Portman and Barbara Hershey, for which the former won the “Best Actress” awards at the Academy Awards.
13. Suspiria (1973)
Directed by Dario Argento this film is based on Thomas de Quincey’s essay and is one of the finest horror films to emerge from the Italian body of films. It is also considered as one of Argento’s finest works and has gone on to win critical acclaim globally for the stylistic flair and vibrant colorization that underlies the film. The plot itself follows an American ballet student who joins a prestigious academy in Germany before she realizes that it is a front for something supernatural and sinister. Amidst the murders that take place, this student must try to survive the horror of the academy. Handled finely, the elements of horror are pervasive throughout the film and Dario ensures that the visuals itself are delectable. Together, these aspects go on to make Suspiria an extremely pleasurable watch.
12. From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
‘From Dusk Till Dawn’ is a rare combination of horror and action. With George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino in the lead roles, they need an equally captivating female lead and so they zeroed in on Salma Hayek to play the vampire-seductress-monster ‘Satanica Pandemonium’ and the world became a better place to live on. Salma Hayek with her uninhibited portrayal of a blood sucking vampire who doesn’t shy away from using the best tool at her disposal; her sexuality to get the job done. Also did I mention that she is also a stripper in the film and has a dance sequence with her carrying a snake in her bikini clad body? Seriously it doesn’t get hotter than this.
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11. Daughters of Darkness (1971)
Numerous films have been made on Elizabeth Bathory, the Hungarian royal referred to as the most notorious female serial killer in history. Her crime: killing young virgins and bathing in their blood to retain her youth. In ‘Daughters of Darkness’ Elizabeth Bathory has survived long enough to land up in a hotel in Belgium where she finds her next potential victim as a newlywed couple checks in for their honeymoon getaway. Stories involving female blood thirsty vampires are so inherently sensuous and the director takes advantage of the overflowing estrogen to tell a tale of lust, longing and female bonding which is more than just meet the eye.
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10. Jennifer’s Body (2009)
‘Megan Fox as a man-eater’ is not just a tabloid selling headline but is also the USP of ‘Jennifer’s Body’. The film is every guy’s fantasy come true. Fox’s character Jennifer dies and returns from the dead with an evil agenda. She seduces guys and kills them after having sexual intercourse with them. The film is a low brow sex thriller whose only purpose is to titillate the audience with suggestive images and well Jennifer’s body. And it works perfectly well for you if you are not looking for something more than that. Megan Fox is effortless in her role, but naturally. It was an official selection at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival which makes one wonder if the director was aiming at something higher than just providing cheap thrills. Whatever the intention was it clearly didn’t work out. All that stays with you is Megan Fox making weird (suggestive) faces and of course her kissing Amanda Seyfried.
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9. Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)
When someone with the caliber of Francis Ford Coppola decided to tell his version of the classic tale of Dracula then it is natural to say that expectations were sky-high. And thankfully he didn’t disappoint and in the process made the sexiest film of his career. It’s hard to go wrong with the subject matter of Dracula – there are ample opportunities to show unbridled passion and the premise itself is so dark and bloody that there is enough natural drama to keep the audience engaged and then of course there’s sexual exploitations of Dracula and his bride (Monica Bellucci) and a hint of lesbian romance between Winona Ryder and Sadie Frost. Well, what more does a film need to qualify as one of the sexiest horror films of all time?
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8. Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)
Celebrated gothic fiction author wrote the eponymous novel and also penned the screenplay for this one. The film is strikingly beautiful and star-studded (Brad Pitt, Antonio Banderas, Tom Cruise, Thandie Newton and a 12-year-old Kirsten Dunst), though somewhat thinly plotted. It introduces us to a 200-year-old vampire (Pitt) who narrates his life story to a young journalist, describing his conversion (by Cruise) and his battle against his urges as he refuses to kill humans. When you have so many sexy actors, the film is also bound to be sexy.
7. The Hunger (1983)
Tony Scott’s ‘The Hunger’ doesn’t even comes close to being a reasonable film but it’s three charismatic leads – David Bowie, Catherine Deneuve and Susan Sarandon – makes sure that every lover of cinema and pop culture will watch it at least once in their lifetime just for the sake of it. There are enough blood, seduction, eccentricity and libertine thoughts in the film to fuel your imagination and get you in the groove of the narrative. And of course when two finest actresses of their generation engage in a lesbian scene, how can one pass up the offer of watching this film.
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6. Videodrome (1983)
David Croneneberg’s sci-fi horror pushes the envelope in every possible way in showcasing the devastating effects mass media has on the mind of the people. It’s sexy in a very technical kind of way and leaves much to the imagination although a few scenes do go overboard with its visuals. Ever wondered what will a combination of ‘Poltergeist’ and ‘Sex, Lies and Videotape’ will look like. ‘Videodrome’ is the closest possible answer you will ever get.
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5. An American Werewolf In London (1981)
Though a big portion of the 21st century generation would find ‘An American Werewolf In London’ to be campy, I believe it isn’t and was never intended to be. The film has mind-boggling special effects that still leave me shocked about their functionality. This is a horror-com that you wouldn’t laugh at, but a smirk would rather grace your face as you try hard to enjoy than being terrified. Film enthusiasts should watch this for the technical aspects, which are yet to be emulated. It also works as a sexy horror film.
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4. Don’t Look Now (1973)
The British-Italian horror film ‘Don’t Look Now’ is a perfect example of delivering scares without resorting to cheap thrills. Moody European landscapes and the aesthetic use of the colour red dominates the narrative that forces you to think if all that is going on is for real or a warped version of reality. The story as such had no scope for incorporating sensual moments but a particular bed room scene with the lead stars surrendering themselves to lust is easily one of the most hardcore sex scenes in film movie history, irrespective of genres. Starring two of the hottest stars of its time Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie, the film is watchable even today thanks to their sizzling – and often edging on borderline depression – chemistry.
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3. Thirst (2009)
This Korean Vampire-horror saga beautifully combines elements of thriller, drama and forbidden love. Director Park Chan-wook seamlessly mixes tradition and taboo to present us an engaging tale of a blood thirsty priest gone rogue with the effective use of modern technology. Sexual desire in the film is a way of showing the futility of abstinence and how in the long run both the sinner and the pious lean towards the same grisly end. Staying true to the characteristics of an all or nothing Park Chan-wook film, the sex scenes in this one caters to both the male and female audiences. While the women don’t mind going topless the men too are comfortable with full frontal nudity.
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2. Antichrist (2009)
Lars von Trier’s ‘Antichrist’ is overtly sexual even for the director’s own blasphemous standards. How many film opens with the scene of a husband and wife having sex (unsimulated, as per reports) as their child embrace death by falling from a window? In just one scene the director effortlessly make subtle references to lust, fate and fragility of life. From then onward grief takes over the film and crosses all limits of insanity and perversity as the film progress towards a Biblical but controversial ending. The stunning visuals are a sharp contrast to the inner turmoil of the two main players of the film who try hopelessly to hold on to the last threads of hope and resurrection. Charlotte Gainsbourg is the implied antichrist in the story who uses her sexuality to manipulate her husband and thus ruining her personal life.
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1. Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)
Jim Jarmusch’s film is deep dive down rock-and-roll and hippy nostalgia and into his own unique film sensibilities. This film is as funny as it is melancholic. The two lovers, Adam and Eve, are vampires. They are awesome—way above the average depravity of mortal humanity and are utterly bored of their almost pin-perfect, unending existence. The harmony of their love is however disturbed when Eve’s out-of-control younger sister enters their lives. The actors, with their effortless charm and style, Tom Hiddlestone as Adam and Tilda Swinton as Eve, are enough by themselves to make you watch this film. But you get a lot more if you do, in Jarmusch’s glacial, atmospheric style, and knack for crafting verbal interactions that make sparks fly.
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