15 Weird & Disturbing Sex Scenes That Have Scarred Your Memory

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October 23, 2013 4:19 PM
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Requiem For A Dream” (2000)
Darren Aronofsky is an incredibly gifted filmmaker and maybe one day, if he’s fortunate enough, he’ll be able to boast that he’s the only Academy Award director on earth who was able to shoot an “ass to ass” scene in a movie that wasn’t pornography. But all jokes aside, Aronofsky’s chilling, sometimes twisted cautionary tale of addiction, “Requiem For A Dream,” has some really nasty elements to it. Chief among those, aside from a woman being given excruciating electro-shock therapy after nearly dying from diet pill abuse, and having to look at the festering sore of a needle-wrecked arm that’s gone gangrenous, is the film’s “sex scene.” Jennifer Connelly’s heroin-dependent character is so far gone in the throes of addiction she will stop at nothing to get her fix. This means blowing random strangers at first, but this is nothing compared to how low she will go. Vile and debasing, in the film’s climax (pardon the pun that’s already made us queasy), Connelly’s character agrees to go into a dungeon-like sex club for men, where rich, asshole Wall Street Guys (who are about as sick and vile as you can get onscreen) cheer her on as she goes ass-to-ass, connected to a dildo with another prostitute. Clearly trying to reach a crescendo of full-on depravity, Aronofsky orchestrates the scene to reach its fever pitch just as the other characters are suffering their own sick and vicious fates. Jokes can and will be made about this scene for the rest of cinema’s history—it’s that fucked up—but while we do have a sense of humor too, anyone who is under the belief that this scene is sexy needs their head examined.

Idioterne”/“The Idiots” (1998)
Two Lars von Trier movies on this list and surely “Nymphomaniac” will be added should we ever do an update. All von Trier films are divisive, but we wonder just how much more polarizing this one would have been, had people actually seen it. This even means cinephiles as “Idioterne” is easily one of Von Trier’s least seen film (at least of the notable ones). Made in compliance with the Dogme '95 Manifesto—stripped down, no artificial lighting, hand-held only, etc.—this 1998 comedy centers on a group of anti-bourgeois nihilists who attempt to annihilate their ego in order to achieve their "inner idiot." The manifesto of the group is essentially to liberate themselves from the falseness of society by embracing humiliation and the destruction of their dignity. How do they do it? Well, the group poses as mentally disabled and they try and “spazz” out to regress to a kind of pure state and to provoke a reaction from the status quo around them. Amusingly enough, they are taken in by some community members who pity the commune of idiots and as you can probably guess it just gets worse and more hilariously wrong. The film’s big sex scene occurs when the group’s opportunistic leader has a birthday and his wish is a gangbang, essentially abusing the group’s manifesto so he can get laid and get fresh with all the females in the group he presumably just wanted to fuck in the first place. The curdling of the manifesto for his selfish means is pitch black funny and the orgy is one NC-17 mess of penises, big bushes and a few brief moments of unsimulated penetrative intercourse. “Idioterne” is very wrong, but it’s also pretty fucking funny: Lars von Trier at his most mischievously provocative.

Crash” (1996)
No … Not that "Crash." David Cronenberg has had fun messing with sexual conventions since his debut feature "Shivers" (where a parasitic life form turned the button-downed inhabitants of an apartment building into sex-craving maniacs), getting a perverse kick out of making people squirm (and uncomfortably cross their legs). This movie is based on J.G. Ballard's novel of the same name, which concerns a group of people who stage famous car accidents and get a strong sexual kick out of them. There are so many bizarre sex sequences in "Crash" that we could probably make a separate top ten list out of them. So take your pick: the sequence where James Spader has sex with a vagina-like scar on Rosanna Arquette's thigh (guh) or the time that Spader deliberately gets involved in an accident with his wife (Deborah Kara Unger), fucking her as she crawls away from the twisted metal that was once her car (double guh). The sex sequences in "Crash" are never actually arousing, instead they are judged on a sliding scale of repulsiveness (the sequence where Spader traces the outline of Unger's nude body is still pretty weird but the most outwardly erotic scene in the entire movie). It's hard to imagine anyone getting turned on by "Crash," but you have to give Cronenberg and his fearless actors credit for unblinkingly investigating the mechanics (pun very much intended) of fetishism, techno-eroticism and body modification. It's hard not to imagine that the car-sex of "The Counselor" was at least partially inspired by Cronenberg's vision of vehicular arousal.

Teeth” (2007)
The whole conceit behind writer/director Mitchell Lichtenstein's nifty little horror comedy is that the teeth of the film's title aren't located in our main character's head … they're in her vagina. Jess Weixler plays a young woman dealing with sexual impulses that could potentially kill any sexual partners. There are three different instances in "Teeth" that end with penises being bitten off by Weixler's fanged vagina—the first is an attempted rape, the second is a consensual moment that goes horribly wrong, and the final moment has Weixler's character seeking vengeance against her asshole stepbrother, whose own sexual urges inadvertently led to her mother's death (don't ask). What makes this final seduction-and-castration so satisfying is that, after her vagina chomps off her stepbrother's member, the family dog comes in and eats the penis. That's some "Hostel Part II"-type shit. It would be one thing if "Teeth" set up this great premise and didn't have the guts to go through with it; it's another to have it go through with it several times. At the end of the movie, it's implied that she has become a kind of avenging angel. An old creep gives her a ride thinking that she'll give him a little something in return. Oh, he will get exactly what he deserves.

Howard the Duck” (1986)
The George Lucas-produced and spectacularly awful "Howard the Duck" is full of all sorts of weird sexuality; in the opening credits Howard (Chip Zien) is looking at a Playduck Magazine (complete with duck breasts) and, when he's sucked through a wormhole, he crashes through the apartment of a female duck in the bathtub and we linger on another set of duck breasts. There's also a moment when Howard, now in the human world, expresses sexual interest in an overweight African American woman's ass. But the most WTF-worthy moment in all of "Howard the Duck" comes when he tries to seduce Lea Thompson, who's wearing a lacy teddy and a pair of sheer underwear. The scene contains actual dialogue like the following exchange: Lea Thompson: "I can't find the right man," to which Howard responds: "Maybe it's not a man you should be looking for." After Thompson starts to show interest back, Howard becomes skittish and shuts her down. At one point Thompson is about to take her top off and Howard stops her, effectively putting an end to what would have been the lone highlight of a generally miserable experience. Also, it should be noted, the scene has a boner gag where Howard's feathers flare up like an erect penis. And people wonder why this is largely considered one of the biggest flops, both commercially and creatively, in the history of Hollywood?

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61 Comments

  • Mike | December 24, 2013 2:09 PMReply

    The rape/torture scenes in Jack Ketchum's 'The Girl Next Door'. That movie makes many of the others on this list look tame and kid friendly by comparison.

  • على قوقى | December 22, 2013 8:14 PMReply

    sex

  • Al | December 15, 2013 1:54 AMReply

    What about the movie Irreversible?

  • Kat | December 15, 2013 1:32 AMReply

    Every single scene in A Serbian Film

  • Patti | December 15, 2013 12:27 AMReply

    American Pie

  • maggie | December 14, 2013 2:24 AMReply

    I'm so glad I only saw one scene from Crash and nothing else on that list.....I do remember seeing something really weird while my mom was changing channels, no idea what movie it was but there was a naked woman being chased around the house by a naked man, arguing, and I guess she was breast feeding because she aimed at him and squeezed one boob shooting milk at his face.....I was maybe 6

  • ElianeF | December 13, 2013 3:28 PMReply

    Blue Velvet was engraved in my memory as one of the most disturbing film I'd ever seen then came Irreversible with stunning Monica Belluci and her life partner Vincent Cassel. I wont' spoil the story but since the topic is, after all, sex scenes, she experiences a rape that is disturbing in its vivid acting. I am haunted by that scene.

  • Beth | December 13, 2013 1:17 AMReply

    The two sex scenes in Cronenberg's "A History of Violence" were interesting because of the stark contrast between them. And speaking of Cronenberg, although not technically a sex scene, there was something kind of titillating about seeing Robert Pattinson get a minutes-long prostate exam in "Cosmopolis."

  • ed smith | December 5, 2013 12:34 AMReply

    bet connely gives a good b.j. swallows of course : )

  • Evan | December 5, 2013 12:29 AMReply

    CLEARLY the person who wrote this article has never seen "Enter the Void"....that flick ruined my life.

  • nick | December 2, 2013 2:49 PMReply

    What about bad boy bubby or super.

  • MHorgan | November 27, 2013 12:18 AMReply

    What? No Blue velvet?

  • Brad | November 26, 2013 3:46 AMReply

    Just about any Larry Clark film. Both "Bully" and "Kids" had disturbing rape scenes featuring young people.

  • Brad | November 26, 2013 3:43 AMReply

    Molly Parker inserting the lollip in The Center of the World and her sex scenes with the morgue corpses might qualify as a bit twisted.

  • Brad | November 26, 2013 3:45 AM

    (Molly's necrophilia scenes are in "Kissed")

  • Brad | November 26, 2013 3:42 AMReply

    And let's not forget Ned Beatty's "Squeal like a pig" scene from Deliverance. Poor Ole Ned never lived that down.

  • Brad | November 26, 2013 3:39 AMReply

    Some might find Molly Parker's lollipop scene in 'Center of the World' or her necrophiliac scenes in the morgue in 'Kissed' to be a little twisted.

  • the sayer of the truth | November 24, 2013 8:15 PMReply

    Why bother with any of this rubbish when there are millions of beautiful young 18 year-old girls being buggered and sodomized senseless on countless porn sites on the internet ! ?.

  • jp | November 24, 2013 9:13 AMReply

    Caligula anyone ?

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  • Bobby j | November 24, 2013 4:02 AMReply

    Something about the last sex scene in ken park was disturbing. Possibly because it felt like you were watching child porn even tho u know ur not...still uncomfortable none the less

  • Ty | November 19, 2013 3:30 AMReply

    Forgot about Fritz the Cat!

  • bee | November 17, 2013 11:01 AMReply

    Boxing Helena was also very...uncomfortable.

  • dependra | November 13, 2013 6:05 AMReply

    i like sex

  • Jess | November 7, 2013 10:59 AMReply

    Society was so wretchedly disturbing. It's such a campy movie until the big orgy/devouring scene...Then I just felt sick and couldn't look away. I have no idea why that -- it's really quite a silly, fun horror movie overall -- freaked me out so much more than other legit rape/murder/other aberrant stuff...

  • Mi | November 6, 2013 5:25 PMReply

    Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart watched Last Tango In Paris while prepering for first Twilight movie.That's true.I remember the sex scene from Szamanka by Andrzej Żuławski when the leading female character kills her lover and eats his brain.

  • Tamara | November 6, 2013 4:52 PMReply

    When I think of the words 'sex', 'film' and 'disturbing' I always remember Perdita Durango.

  • Kay | November 6, 2013 4:46 PMReply

    Salo, The Serpent and the Rainbow, and A Serbian Film have some pretty rough scenes. To put it mildly... "Serpent" less so than the other two.

  • james | November 5, 2013 1:55 AMReply

    What about Spanking the Monkey? Twisted.

  • Laura | October 31, 2013 9:12 PMReply

    Eraserhead. The entire film, but the sex scenes were...disturbing.

  • Rosa | October 29, 2013 12:52 AMReply

    'Holy Smoke' has a few uncomfortable sex/rape/nude scenes - I saw it when I was much too young and can never forget them!

  • Mae | October 28, 2013 12:31 AMReply

    The kitchen sex scene in 'Orphan' isn't exactly disturbing/weird, it's just so very spontaneous and hilarious. It also gets a whole lot funnier when you've reached the end and realised their little daughter who worked on them isn't all that little after all.

  • Matt | October 27, 2013 4:34 PMReply

    Partly because I saw it in a theater with both of my parents - the three rape scenes in the American version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo were awful to sit through.

  • Christian | October 26, 2013 1:58 PMReply

    Splice

  • Donella | October 30, 2013 5:06 PM

    Bestiality, pedofilia, and incest all in the same movie. What a world.

  • Doug Williams | October 25, 2013 9:48 PMReply

    Watching Halle Berry slug it out with the wretched-bodied, polar opposite of George Clooney: Billy Bob Thornton, was almost as tortuous as enduring her acting leading up to that scene in Monster's Ball.

  • JAF | October 25, 2013 12:19 PMReply

    Nekromantik (esp the last scene in part 2) should be more than a footnote here... that is something that you need eye-bleach for.
    Other films I found disturbing in regards to consensual sex scenes:
    The zombie sex/birth in "Braindead" aka "Dead Alive".
    The gang-bang scene towards the end of the 1st "Emmanuelle" film.
    The on-going incestual sex scenes in "Sister, My Sister".
    The 1st person-narrated dog-sex scene in the French film called "Baxter".
    The sex-scene between Oscar and his babysitter in "The Tin Drum".

  • Stephen | October 25, 2013 9:37 AMReply

    Or in the recent "Starlet", which starts off as a quirky, fun indie film until about halfway through, where it turns out the main character is a porn star and out of nowhere, there's a very graphic porn scene that goes on for about five minutes. Try watching that with your girlfriend and her mom.

  • Less Lee Moore | October 24, 2013 9:03 PMReply

    Sadly the "Rape of Christ" scene has NOT been restored in the recent BFI DVD release of The Devils. Perhaps one day...

  • Brad | October 24, 2013 1:49 PMReply

    Great list!!! I remember that I watched "Requiem for a Dream" and David Cronenberg's "Crash" at around the same time when I was 13 years old and I wasn't really prepared for that; however, I think that any of the sex scenes of "A serbian film" are more disturbing that any on this list even more so than the ones on "In The Realm of the Senses" and that's saying something. And I agree that the rape scene in "Irreversible" should be here too.

  • nweastcoaster | October 24, 2013 12:03 PMReply

    No mention of the rape scene with Monica Bellucci in Gaspar Noe's Irreversible?

    Not to mention the absence of mentioning the rapes in Pasolini's Salo.

  • Donella | January 11, 2014 11:01 AM

    The question is SEX scenes. Not rape scenes. There is a difference and I hope you learn what the difference is sooner than later.

  • ADGar | October 24, 2013 8:45 AMReply

    I always found The Postman Always Rings Twice kitchen scene between Lange and Nicholson disturbing and memorable.

  • sab | October 24, 2013 5:30 AMReply

    PossessionPossessionPossession with Isabelle Adjani and Sam Neill... Has to be seen to be believed when is IA's character is having sex with a squid-like creature of unknown origin...The movie is so crazy it's fascinating and makes me want to see it again to make sure its real!

  • Victor | October 24, 2013 12:53 AMReply

    Here's one for your list: "Mysterious Skin." It will creep you out.

  • Yep | October 23, 2013 11:03 PMReply

    Any number of scenes from Caligula, but the crisco fist ruined me at age 13.

  • wes | October 23, 2013 10:43 PMReply

    Take off Antichrist (though I hated the movie, that scene was more beautiful than weird or disturbing, me thinks) and put Shame on instead.

  • Mere | October 23, 2013 9:28 PMReply

    What about the scene in Repo Men when Jude Law and Alice Braga have sex while cutting each other and pulling out replacement body parts?

    And I second the Killer Joe scene.

  • cirkusfolk | October 23, 2013 9:35 PM

    I second Repo Man. And this article would've been tremendously improved had it had links to all the featured scenes.

  • Hubert Vigilla | October 23, 2013 8:42 PMReply

    Nice list.

    On the disturbing side, I'd add the unforgettable sex scene in Shinya Tsukamoto's "Tetsuo: The Iron Man" and that racial slur-filled Selma Blair scene in Todd Solondz's "Storytelling."

    On the weird side, I'd add the woman with giant dildo and the computer/robot in Alejandro Jodorowsky's "The Holy Mountain" and pretty much anything in Henri Xhonneux's "Marquis."

  • Donella | October 23, 2013 8:22 PMReply

    I'll add on Thandie Newton's insistence that Danny Glover "touch me on the inside parts" in Beloved. Just look away.

  • Adam Scott Thompson | October 23, 2013 7:32 PMReply

    I remember going with my mother, a huge horror fan, to see "Bram Stoker's Dracula." The whole film was filled with uncomfortable (when watched with your mother) erotic sequences, but the werewolf sex scene... at age 9 I wasn't even equipped to process that shit. lol

  • GC | October 23, 2013 5:21 PMReply

    I, for one, enjoyed the Matthew McConaughey/Gina Gershon/fried chicken-leg scene in Killer Joe.

  • Tony | November 15, 2013 6:37 PM

    Agree with Killer Joe but I haven't been able to eat KFC since.

  • Ahsoka23 | November 1, 2013 3:31 PM

    That scene was gold!

  • Anthony | October 23, 2013 5:13 PMReply

    Paris Trout.

  • Larry | October 23, 2013 5:08 PMReply

    Where the are the counselor reviews?

  • Gabe Toro | October 23, 2013 5:55 PM

    Embargoed.

  • sati | October 23, 2013 5:03 PMReply

    You missed Angel Heart

  • Miike Takashi | October 23, 2013 4:47 PMReply

    Visitor Q, Gozu

  • AG | October 23, 2013 4:36 PMReply

    What about Flesh for Frakenstein?! Pretty sick (disturbing) sex scene in that...

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