You know what makes people uncomfortable? Horror. You know what else? Sex! Even though it's one of the most human of activities, getting sexy makes people as squeamish as jump scares and gore. And yet, like anything you'd see in a slasher flick, sex is pretty exciting—which is why it pairs so well with the horror genre. (And hey, monsters need love, too!) Here are some of the sexiest scary movies ever made.
Catherine Deneuve plays a seductive immortal in early '80s New York City—a woman who is as stylish as she is beautiful. When her companion (David Bowie) begins to fade, she sets her sights on a new lover: a doctor played by Susan Sarandon.
Interview with a Vampire
Neil Jordan's adaptation of Anne Rice's novel is super '90s, with heartthrobs Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, and Antonio Banderas playing brooding immortals dealing with the neuroses that comes with ever-lasting life (and a desire for human blood). It's probably one of the most homoerotic movies ever made, and it introduced the world to Kirsten Dunst, who plays a maniacal child vampire.
Nastassja Kinski stars as Irena, a young woman who is visiting her brother Paul (Malcolm McDowell) in New Orleans. After Irena falls in love with a zoologist named Oliver (John Heard), Paul reveals to his sister that they are, in fact, werecats—and she must mate with another of their species to prevent her ultimate transformation. Thus begins a deadly game of cat-and-human as Irena and Oliver must outsmart Paul—and prevent Irena's evolution into a deadly leopard.
An American Werewolf in London
Most people remember John Landis's horror comedy for its fantastic special and makeup effects that allowed for a terrifying transformation scene when the hapless protagonist turns into a werewolf. (Not to mention the undead Griffin Dunne roaming around with half a face.) But it's also notable for a hot shower scene between its stars, David Naughton and Jenny Agutter.
Natasha Henstridge made her film debut as Sil, a genetically engineered alien who breaks out of a lab and embarks on a quest to mate with—and murder—all of the human males she can get her literal claws on. While a team of scientists stalk her every move, Sil preys on unsuspecting partners (including literally impaling a man's brain with her tongue).
Bram Stoker's Dracula
You could call this Francis Ford Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula, but that title would be too unwieldy. And while the famed Godfather director's adaptation of the seminal vampire novel does teeter off the edge into vampire mania, it's still a lush, star-studded, and deeply erotic version of the classic horror tale with Gary Oldman delivering a tour-de-force performance as the blood-sucking villain.
Megan Fox stars in this pitch-black comedy from director Karyn Kusama and writer Diablo Cody as the ultimate mean girl. Jennifer has always been the queen bee in her class—and has spent years tormenting her "best" friend Anita (Amanda Seyfried). But is she just a mean girl, or could she possibly be under the influence of a demonic spirit who uses her body to feast on horny teenage boys?
Only Lovers Left Alive
Adam (Tom Hiddleston) is a depressed musician who cannot handle the existential dread of everyday life. But a reunion with his devoted lover Eve (Tilda Swinton) reignites his passion for life—that is until her wild little sister comes in to shake things up. Oh, and of course: They're vampires, having lived and loved and loathed humanity for centuries.
From Dusk Till Dawn
Robert Rodriguez directs this cult classic starring George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino (who wrote the script) as the bank-robbing Gecko brothers who cross the border into Mexico with hostages in tow. But when they arrive at the Titty Twister, a strip club in the middle of the desert, their hope for refuge is lost when the bar's patrons and employees are revealed to be vampires led by a ferocious queen, Santanico Pandemonium (Salma Hayek).
The Witches of Eastwick
In a picturesque Rhode Island town, three bored women (played by Cher, Susan Sarandon, and Michelle Pfieffer) discover they have some impressive powers once they accidentally conjure up a seductive—and devious—suitor (played by Jack Nicholson). While he may fulfill some of the women's desires, he's also set on destroying their perfect little town.
The Shape of Water
Guillermo del Toro's Oscar-winning fantasy-horror-romance hybrid is essentially a Cold War-era fairy tale for grown-ups. Sally Hawkins stars as a lonely mute woman named Elisa who spends her days mopping the floors of a top-secret government facility. Her life is turned upside-down when she discovers an amphibious creature, kept hostage by a sadistic colonel (Michael Shannon). What begins as an unlikely friendship turns, surprisingly, into a sexy romp between a woman and a fishman.
The Love Witch
Anna Biller wrote and directed this highly stylised horror-comedy about a modern-day witch (Samantha Robinson) who cruises around California in search of various lovers. While she casts spells on her gullible love interests, Biller serves up a delectable feminist film that skewers gender roles and pays homage to 1960s horror inspirations.
While Luda Guadagnino's upcoming remake has already disturbed audiences, you can't ignore horror master Dario Argento's stylish, spooky, and bloody 1977 original. Jessica Harper stars as Suzy, a promising ballerina who moves to Germany to attend a prestigious dance academy. But when other ballerinas start dropping dead in gruesome ways, Suzy begins to unravel a mystery behind the school—which may actually be a haven for a coven of witches.
The Neon Demon
Taking some thematic notes from Suspiria, Nicolas Winding Refn's psychological thriller stars Elle Fanning as an aspiring model who moves to Los Angeles to pursue her dreams—which quickly become nightmares when the cutthroat world of fashion reveals a sinister (albeit sexy) underbelly of corruption of destruction.
Eyes of Laura Mars
John Carpenter co-wrote this thriller, in which the titular photographer (Faye Dunaway) begins to have visions of murders—that also happen to resemble her shocking and violent artistic aesthetic. A young (and hunky) Tommy Lee Jones co-stars in this glorious look at the seedy and grimy '70s-era Manhattan.
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