15 Weird & Disturbing Sex Scenes That Have Scarred Your Memory

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October 23, 2013 4:19 PM
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Videodrome” (1983)
Where to start with David Cronenberg’s new-media freak fest? It was the Canadian auteur who we joined in proclaiming, “Long live the New Flesh,” but it was James Woods and Debbie Harry who generated the greater deal of lust on the big screen. Woods’ Max Renn is all go-getter sleaze, his sex appeal generated from popped suit collars, fast-talking hucksterism, and alpha male bluster, and psychiatrist Nicki Brand (Debbie Harry) responds immediately. It’s a meeting of twisted minds when they go to bed together, with Brand clearly desperate to be subordinate to his chatty demands. We only see a little bit of their courtship, but it stems from a mutual attraction to Videodrome, a mesmerizing otherworldly snuff channel that broadcasts s&m beatings that speak directly to Brand’s pleasure center. When their union is consummated, Brand, with a back littered with cuts and scratches, allows a cigarette to be put out on her breasts, a borderline demand spoken by the breathy Blondie singer that turns up the heat in any atmosphere. Oddly enough, it’s probably the least sexual scene in a film that escalates into constant penetrative moments of violence and assimilation, where we no longer realize where Renn’s body ends and his imagination begins, often in memorably gruesome detail: one could argue every time Renn reaches his hand into the vaginal cavity that develops on his stomach, it’s the lustiest sex scene in the entire movie.

"The Devils" (1971)
If young Linda Blair stabbing herself in the crotch with a crucifix and snarling "Lick me mommy" in "The Exorcist" holds the high watermark in your cinematic memory for sheer blasphemy, you might want to get a load of Ken Russell's extraordinary "The Devils." Or you might not, depending on how Catholic your eyeballs are. Taking as a central theme the very fleshy desires of those supposedly promised to God, the film details priest Grandier (Oliver Reed) indulging his lusts quite frequently early on, but he's actually not really part of the film's two most memorable sequences of jawdropping excess. Firstly there's the famous "Rape of Christ" sequence in which an entire order of nuns masturbate themselves on various parts of a gigantic statue of Jesus on the cross, writhing and moaning in the throes of a religious mania that has turned orgiastically carnal in nature. That scene takes place within a wider scene of an orgy that seemingly spontaneously breaks out as the kangaroo court for Grandier's trial is set up, in which white-clad nuns dispense with their virginal habits, and once naked, um, dispense with their virginal habits. Oh, and head hysterical nun, the hunchbacked Sister Jeanne (an amazing Vanessa Redgrave), gets restrained by two men while a goop we could politely describe as "yogurty" is spritzed onto her from a large syringe. Secondly, it is Jeanne who is again the center of the other most outrageous scene, in which she masturbates pathetically with a charred femur bone retrieved from the pyre on which Grandier was burned at the stake. This last scene is hard to find nowadays, but the "Rape of Christ" sequence has been restored in the most recent version of the film, so that's definitely the one you should seek out, and not just for prurient reasons—we may be tittering about its naughtiness a little here, but the film is a truly mindblowing work of art.

Team America: World Police” (2004)
Two rubbery human marionettes making love to one another is certainly weird enough, like the childhood thrill of slamming two Barbies together mixed with the kind of late night softcore porn that you find on Cinemax. The "Team America: World Police" creative duo of Trey Parker and Matt Stone knew this. But they knew that they could push it much, much further to truly outlandish levels of hilarious, totally uncomfortable awkwardness. Accompanied by a wonderfully stupid song by Parker and Stone ("All I ask is that you're a woman!"), the sequence lovingly details the genderless puppets (strings and all) 69-ing each other, engaging in oral sex, going doggy style, reverse cowgirl and, well, also peeing and pooping on each other. "Lisa, you're the most amazing person I've ever met … " the more characteristically male character says at the end of the sequence. Not that you can even hear the dialogue over your wheezing laughter. Apparently this was the sequence that caused the MPAA, longtime nemeses of Parker and Stone, to threaten the movie with an NC-17 rating (an extended version is included on the DVD release). Again: they're puppets. Without genitalia. The sequence is undeniably amazing, but the fact that it ruffled so many feathers is even more incredible.

Antichrist” (2009)
Sex scenes don’t get much more upsetting that the opening to “Antichrist,” where Lars von Trier cuts back and forth between the thrusting bodies of two unnamed lovers and a moment where their unwatched toddler child climbs out the window and falls to his death. Von Trier uses both black and white and slow motion to illustrate the beauty not only of the two bodies in centripetal motion, but the snowflakes that distract the boy. A hardcore insert of penetration (with the use of body doubles) is contrasted with their freefalling child, a prankish but affecting contrast between the pleasure of a wedded couple and the harsh realities of their own responsibilities. That ultimately pales in comparison to later in the film, when the relationship between these lovers (played by Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg) is a little less friendly. It is revealed that she is ultimately self-loathing and self-destructive, and when his psychoanalysis cuts too deeply, she subdues him, disabling his gentials with a block of wood and stroking his unconscious erection with maddening lust until he ejaculates blood, an unforgettable money shot that is actually one of the less-extreme visuals in this schizophrenic von Trier epic. What we’re trying to say, basically, is that it’s a family film.

Sleeping Dogs Lie” (2006)
Leave it to director Bobcat Goldthwait to find the humanity in the sort of topic that doesn’t make it outside of German pornography. The second film from the comedian-turned-auteur (fourteen years after “Shakes The Clown,” though only three after TV movie ”Windy City Heat”), the picture pivots on the relatively normal relationship between Amy (a revelatory Melinda Page Hamilton) and her steady-but-unremarkable new beau. But something lingers in her past, captured through the haze of a lazy day in her dorm, away from the pressures of college life. One wandering mind, and one puff of weed, and suddenly, she’s staring at the erect member of her beloved dog. It’s not deviance or sexual lust, but merely boredom and sloth that leads Amy to sample her dog. It’s a brief moment of exploration, mostly offscreen, and there’s almost no eroticism, a moment belonging to Amy and Amy only—the poor dog doesn’t even seem to notice. This event reverberates through Amy’s life, however, and admitting this transgression ultimately creates a divide between herself and not only her fiance, but also her family. Ultimately, this is a picture about trying to get past the actions we’ve taken, though one can’t help but think of the moment in question, a scene hilariously incongruous with its content, noted not only for its nonchalance, but for the fascinating contrast with everyday tooth brushing that proves to be some sort of twisted multiple entendre.

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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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