Famed director Stanley Kubrick's last film, an erotic, emotionally-involving art-house movie, Eyes Wide Shut , broke new ground by starring real-life couple Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman as a super-sexy New York City husband and wife. Its most talked-about sequence was a heavily digitally-edited, masked orgy with many naturally-endowed, almost-nude females, and Cruise's roaming through a mansion's rooms filled with copulating couples. Shortly afterwards, female French director Catherine Breillat presented the notorious, sexually-graphic drama import titled Romance with no MPAA rating, although it undoubtedly would have been an NC rating with its full frontal nudity and explicit sex including masturbation, oral sex, and penetration - it marked a turning point in the candid depiction of non-pornographic sex on screen. It recounted the tale of a teacher named Marie Caroline Ducey who sought out physical fulfillment and erotic sexuality from someone other than her boyfriend - a studly Paolo porn star Rocco Siffredi , although she also revealed masochistic tendencies. Other controversial mainstream films that would have been NC, all released unrated because of graphic sex and sometimes violence , included Wayne Wang's The Center of the World about a weekend of sex in Las Vegas, Darren Aronofsky's Requiem for a Dream with a simulated group-sex sequence involving Jennifer Connelly, and the French export Baise-moi aka Rape Me. The latter film featuring both graphic sex and violence that engendered a ratings controversy was co-directed by feminists Virginie Despentes and Coralie Trinh Thi, and starred porn actresses Karen Bach and Raffaela Anderson as two 'bad girls' on the road.
Milos, a retired porn star, leads a normal family life trying to make ends meet. Presented with the opportunity of a lifetime to financially support his family for the rest of their lives, Milos must participate in one last mysterious film. From then…. Chased out of the old world, the dark vampire lord Giovanni flees to the American southwest where he sets up a new brood. Searing memories and carnal desires rule the mind of Ana, a young woman in thrall to her own fantasies whose visions and obsessions draw her toward deeper eroticism — and deeper danger, in this modern take on a Giallo.
If movies from the '80s and '90s taught us anything, it's that sex could be dangerous. It was during those two decades that the erotic thriller genre hit its peak, offering movies that were seductive and thrilling in equal measure. When erotic thrillers go bad, they're a bust—trashy, shlocky messes.