Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. It has been forty years since my last confession. It has been forty years almost to the day, because that's when I started work as entertainment editor at Penthouse magazine, which in those days, like Playboywas selling up to six million copies a month on the newsstand.
As her husband Thorne Geary played by Jefferson Hall watched, the Exorcist straddled Zilpha and performed a disturbing exorcism after Thorne had told him his wife was possessed by a demon. Speaking in Latin, the character holds Zilpha down and places his hands over her chest as he speaks his incantation. Viewers took to Twitter to express their concerns over the disturbing scenes — which came just minutes after they had watched Zilpha beaten by her own husband.
Haven't you heard? It's the Summer of Sleaze. While sleazecore might be taking over the fashion world, it's hardly been a new thing when it comes to cinema.
Content note: this post will discuss sexual fantasies that are taboo, including rape fantasies and sexual violence. Where do our sexual fantasies come from? But the world of sexual fantasy is much broader than this, and many of us include in our repertoire sexual situations which we would never want to see played out in the real world.
Note: This article contains spoilers from the first four episodes of the FX drama Taboo, an amazing show that everyone should be watching. There's a scene in the fourth episode of TabooFX's grimy historical drama, where a chemical-crazed doctor eats a piece of cow shit, considers the taste of the animal excrement on his palate, demands a piece of pigeon poop, and then nibbles on that too. Moments later, the same character declares his need for "50 gallons of human piss.
But never fear — your pals here at Rotten Tomatoes have taken it upon ourselves to put together a list of boundary-pushing film releases from the past, organized according to the taboos they busted. Clocking in at under a minute, this short was commissioned by Thomas Edison for director William Heise, and features little more than a pair of actors May Irwin and John Rice recreating their smooch from the stage musical The Widow Jones. Already a leading lady of the stage when The Abyss was filmed, Nielsen enjoyed international stardom afterward and married Gad, too.
The question was would they be able to keep it up? Well, after watching Episode Six, not only were they able to keep it up, they added to it and ran over some people in the process. The show appears to be done hinting at things to come.
The new film 45 Years features an explicit scene involving older actors — why is this so rare? Trying to put the matter behind them, they drink wine and chat. Sex follows. What makes this sex scene unusual is that the couple, played by Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay, are in their late sixties and early seventies.
Watching Taboo you get the impression James Delaney only wears clothes in public because he has to, seeming to spending most of his downtime at home clad in just a loose shirt and showing off his tattooed, muscly legs. The fourth episode was another complicated one stuffed full of skullduggery, daring, violence and sauciness. But both factions have an interest in keeping now both James and Lorna alive while they both have a stake in Nootka.
Back in the days of yore, it was a rarity to even see a post-sex "we're under the covers" scene on television. But TV has gotten more progressive and open-minded about intercourse yay! In other words, sex is normal, and there's no reason to shy away from it on television. On that note, here are the most gorgeous, graphic, and in some cases groundbreaking sex scenes we've seen on the small screen.