Necrophilia describes an attraction to or intercourse with a deceased body. There are many strange facts about necrophilia despite it being completely ignored by mainstream culture - well, not entirely ignored. There have been a few instances where the concept has been explored via the world of film. Films with human-corpse romances explore the relationships between slain bodies and the people who love them, but there are also a handful of mainstream films that feature intercourse between a body and living person, and those brave films have been collected here.
There are definitely more films that feature this subject that haven’t been released through the cinema, or any major streaming platforms, but because they’re such niche products they can’t honestly be considered “mainstream.” However, the films collected here have all enjoyed lively cinematic runs or they’ve received more mainstream press than you would expect for a film where people get it on with slain bodies. Keep in mind that not every film with a scene or two like this is a horror film. Some of the movies were '90s video store standards, others were Sundance darlings. But they all have one thing in common: at least one body with an unexpected afterlife.
Many filmgoers wondered how director Nicolas Windig Refn would follow up his Ryan Gosling-starring hit, Drive. Well, the last thing many people expected was The Neon Demon, a ponderous film about the nature of fame. This examination of the modeling industry quickly delves into body horror as Elle Fanning's Jesse becomes a pariah thanks to her natural beauty.
One of the side stories of the film follows Ruby, played by Jena Malone, who works as a makeup artist for photo shoots while moonlighting at a morgue. In one scene, Ruby gets a corpse all dolled up and proceeds to get it on with the body before trying to initiate a similar experience with Jesse. The scene is grotesque, but it also challenges the male gaze in a way that's rarely been done in mainstream cinema.
The two films that make up Rob Zombie’s Devil’s Rejects series are filled with wall-to-wall depravity, and while House of 1,000 Corpses makes reference to Otis Driftwood's penchant for committing immoral acts with his victims after skinning them, the character's love for intercourse with bodies is on full display in the sequel.
The Devil's Rejects opens with a raid on the Firefly family's compound, where Otis is found in bed with a body. The act continues during an interrogation scene where Otis openly admits to being attracted to bodies shown to him by the officers.
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Not every film featuring an affinity for intimacy with slain bodies is an edge-of-your-seat horror film; in fact, Clerks is an honest-to-goodness Sundance Film Festival break-out hit. Kevin Smith’s first foray into filmmaking follows Dante as he deals with hapless customers, stoners, girlfriends, and ex-girlfriends.
The film also happens to feature a storyline where a woman gets it on with the remnants of a man. The guy perished from a cardiac episode in the convenience store’s bathroom and happened to remain "ready to go" in the process.
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Weekend at Bernie’s, a classic movie in the Andrew McCarthy oeuvre, is a film about two guys who work at an insurance company and are desperately trying to hide the passing of their wealthy, mob-connected boss. The two spend much of the film walking Bernie's body through parties while dodging the bad guys. One of the most memorable moments occurs when Tina, the girlfriend of a mob boss, has intercourse with Bernie’s body while a hitman watches through a pair of binoculars.
This is mainstream necrophilia at its most prominent, seeing as the film grossed $30 million and garnered a sequel.
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