Our Favorite So-Bad-They’re-Great Erotic Thrillers

You know what’s a great genre? Erotic thrillers. They’re basically all the same: there’s a female character who’s either super repressed or sex-crazed. She meets a male character who is either dangerous/mysterious and wealthy or dependable and hard-working. There’s some conflict and then, right around the forty five minute point, they have sex. Ridiculous, candlelit, acrobatic sex while saxophones wail beyond. Oh, and there’s some plot stuff–drugs or murder or trafficking–but the directors of these films know you’re not watching for that. Editors Jennifer Wright and Ashley Cardiff discuss their all-time favorites.

And by the way, genre classics like 9 1/2 Weeks, Body of Evidence and Wild Orchid are all available on Netflix Instant Watch at the moment, so read this and then give yourself a little gift.

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    • MM

      The Night Porter is actually good! The entire premise is horribly offensive but it’s pretty well-made/melodramatic

    • MR

      Brazil can be surreal at times. My brasilian friend, who I never slept with, meets me at the airport with her girlfriend, who proceeds to start kissing me in the airport parking lot, while my friend’s watching. I wasn’t even in the country 3 hours before I made love. She had lots of girlfriends. She had a boyfriend and was faithful to him.