In film, there is no such thing as an ‘untouchable’ topic. At least not
anymore. Topics such as snuff films (8mm), male prostitution (Midnight
Cowboy), rape (The Accused), child killers (The Lovely Bones) and pedophiles
(Little Children) can not only touch on subjects once considered taboo, but
they can also be incredible successful.
New boundary pushing projects such as The Human Centipede, A Serbian Film
and Grotesque have even further broken down barriers that were considered
un-filmable only a few years ago.
In this new climate of ‘moviedom shock and awe’, one topic has yet to
puncture its way into more mainstream films – the act of necrophilia.
Necrophilia is described by Webster’s On-Line Dictionary as, “sexual
attraction for or sexual intercourse with dead bodies”. It is not a topic
that you see routinely joked about on situational comedies on television nor
are movies regarding the subject easily marketed and accepted by bountiful
box office tallies.
That is not to say that there haven’t been attempts. The subject may be
taboo, but what better way for an aspiring filmmaker or television director
to draw some attention by making us feel awkward about a topic that sends
shivers down our collective spines.
Killer Reviews spent some time researching necrophilia (we have the best
jobs – EVER!) on television and in movies and, believe it or not, we have
come up with our list of the Best of Necrophilia in Television and Film.
Don’t judge us, as our list starts here:
Dead Girl (2008)
Two outcast teenage boys find a naked, chained up girl in an abandoned
mental institution and begin to use the body as their own little sexual
prisoner. But the girl is not ‘exactly’ dead – in fact, she can’t be killed
– and by film’s end she gets revenge on those that have abused her.
Dead Girl was an above average Canadian film from the producers of
Hellraiser and Heathers and the film falls right in-between the two in terms
of moments of intense horror and black comedy that fuel the twisted plot.
Visitor Q (2001)
Was there any doubt that an article about anything taboo on film would
not have a title from director Takashi Miike? In Visitor Q, the central
character kills a woman only to continue to rape her before deciding to chop
up her body. The result, is one of the most guilty laughs I have had with
any scene before or since as the body goes into rigor mortis and the man’s
penis gets stuck inside the corpse and he requires help from his wife to get
Visitor Q is filled with scenes that are hard to watch. The wife milking
herself in the kitchen to comedic effect, various bullying scenes etc. But
Visitor Q is also one of the better Miike films and is definitely worth a
In Kevin Smith’s first directorial effort, central character Dante Hicks’
girlfriend Catlin Bree accidentally has sex with a corpse that she believes
to be Dante.
In no way graphic (it occurs in a convenience store bathroom), the scene
was played for laughs and showed Smith’s ability to take his comedy to dark
places – places that would include a donkey in Clerks 2.
The black and white German film Nekromantik stretched the idea of a
person having sex with a corpse into a full length film. In the film, an
individual who works on cleaning up after bad car accidents fuels his own
sexual desires with body parts and eventually an entire corpse that
erotically stimulates him.
Nekromantik gets pretty graphic, even if it is in black and white. The
ending scene of the main character ejaculating on his bed is presented in
slow motion, and much like Miike’s Visitor Q, we giggled to ourselves during
the closing moments while fighting off feelings of repulsiveness. The film
was followed (somehow) by a sequel a few years later.
Family Guy episode “Death is a Bitch” (2000)
The Grim Reaper appears in this Family Guy episode which appeared on the
Fox Network in March of 2000. In the episode, Death (voiced by Norm
MacDonald) comes to visit Peter Griffin with hilarity ensuing after her
slips and sprains his ankle.
House of 1000 Corpses (2003)
The Devil’s Rejects (2005)
A recurring character in both films, Otis B. Driftwood (Bill Moseley) is
played as a necrophilia fanatic and can be seen having sex with a dead woman
he has recently killed. In another scene, Otis is shown a picture of a dead
girl and told “She’s not so fuckable now”, only to have Otis refute the
Rob Zombie does his best to make audiences squirm and his Otis character
is one of the creepiest he has put to film. Moseley excels at the role which
is either a testament to Bill or it’s a statement that will be used in court
against him someday.
Later, the Reaper touches a woman killing her instantly but continues to
have sex with her. Hilarious!
High Tension (2003)
In this French horror film from Alexandre Aja, the killer in the film has
a scene where he performs oral sex on himself with the head of a decapitated
Not much to add here. The scene happens early and grabs your attention.
But it is likely not the scene that you will end up discussing by film’s
Molly Parker plays the lead role in this Canadian film about a mortician
who grows affectionate towards her work and it eventually blossoms into
Subtle, yet provocative, Kissed takes a series dramatic look at
necrophilia and grounds it in a troubling and challenging story. Parker is
perfectly cast as the embalming ‘life’ of the one sided relationships and
makes the whole idea of necrophilia seem almost romantic.
Weekend at Bernie’s (1989)
Who would have thought that there would ever be a list that would contain
both a Rob Zombie film and a comedy starring Andrew McCarthy.
Weekend at Bernie’s is one of those guilty pleasure type films where to
friends attempt to keep appearances that their dead boss is actually alive.
In one particularly moving scene, the bosses mistress shows up at the resort
and has sex with Bernie unaware that he has ‘passed on’.
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