Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Horror Movies ~ Aphrodisiacs from A to Z

By Screenshot from "Internet Archive" of the movie Dracula (1931)
(http://www.archive.org/details/Dracula1931-Trailer) [Public domain],
via Wikimedia Commons
Horror movies have been popular from the beginning of cinematic history, in large part pushed by young Hollywood for their very commercial scariness. Why so commercial? They reckoned fellas would take their gals to the local drive-in, so the chicks could get spooked right into their letterman-jacket-clad arms, and voila—sexy-fun good times in your dad's Buick. Well, OK, there's a bit of truth to the fact that getting freaked out makes you seek comfort, but sexual healing? Really?

Yes, in actual fact. Really.

In the 70s, some weirdos thought to conduct an experiment on poor unsuspecting folk, to see if fear-induced physiological arousal could be misattributed as sexual desire. And damned if they weren't right. The rapid heart rates and breathing caused by the fear-inspiring stimulant seems to have been mistaken for sexual interest in the (previously unknown to them) folks tossed in their paths during the scary incident, whom they later asked out for dates! And that jazz has worked on gals and guys.

OK, I'll buy that for a dollar. But here's my own personal take on this: I dig horror flicks, but liberally mixed with humor. If it's a truly frightening film, any fella wanting to "comfort" me had better be sure we watch it in the morning so I've got time to get the sexy-fun-good-times sorted out and enough time to get the movie outta my head, else I ain't sleepin' that night. And if I ain't sleepin', neither is he.

Hmmm...that could be turned to my advantage, couldn't it?

This gets a bit tricky, as tastes for horror and sexy vary widely. So I can only go with what has been scary/sexy for me. If you'd like to share in the comments, I'm totally interested in learning what's proved scary/sexy for you.
  • The Company of Wolves (1984) W00F!
  • Sleepy Hollow (1999) OhMahGah, it's cray-cray, but the blood thrills through my veins whenever the Horseman charges on, masterfully wielding his...sword. For realz, though.
  • Dracula 2000 (2000) I know I'm one of the few folks turned on by this flick, on any level, but damn: Gerry Butler! Gerry Butler sexing some chick up so fine they be floatin' up to the ceiling during the sexing!!!!!


Click here to learn more about horror movies.


Here's a wee homage to the lust-inducing genre by, appropriately enough,
The Bollock Brothers.


  1. Fear or Arousal. Nice experience. NOT!

  2. Wow.. Even horror is an aphrodisiac!!

    Bhavya from the AtoZ Challenge blogging at Just Another Blog

  3. Scared wussy here. The only one I like is The Shining and only b/c Jack Nicholson is a riot. Oddly though, I prefer true crime documentaries, the sicker and more depraved, the better.

  4. Uh, who'd known. I love scary horror flix but never associated them with sex... but know that I think back... IT did happen afterwards.
    Dani @ Entertaining Interests

  5. I don't know about this one Mina. Scary movies make me pee myself and that pretty much takes the sexy right out of the equation. The show Supernatural is about the scariest I get, but only because I've got the hots for Jensen Ackles.

  6. I'm takin' notes so I can spring these on hubster on one or more nights! :)=

  7. For a different side to Bela Lugosi's Dracula, check out "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein!" :-)

  8. An interview with a Vampire. Not particularly scary but sexy. In fact, anything vampiresque would have me falling into someone's Buick, if they got their sexy teeth out, of course.

  9. Wow. I never would've put sexy and scary together. Maybe some movies, but most horrors where people get massacred? That's hard to see. I saw Sleepy Hollow, but it's been a while since I saw it, so I don't remember the details. Haven't seen the other two. Might have to check them out.

  10. I know what you mean. But I haven't seen any of those movies. Must catch up - at least Dracula, since I'm Romanian! ;)

  11. Interesting. I don't like horror because it won't let me sleep either (and pretty much think on any other thing.) But then again, you don't get to think much when you're having sex, so probably...

  12. Why isn't this discussed more? Sex? Dark art? Am I hanging out on the wrong blogs?


    I'll go a bit further -- our primal brains only register 2 things, pleasure, and pain.

    When we encounter something like a scary movie, it either gets classified as pain, or pleasure.

    And it gets more complicated when we use contrast. For example, pleasure after some intense pain, "feels" more intense, more pleasurable (see: make-up sex).


    Great post - thanks for this, Mina :)

  13. Never made a connection between being scared and looking for lurrvin. Guess I'll have to pay attention eh?

  14. Y'all are so groovy to pop by, especially when I'm sooooo behind on blog visits! :-( Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! <3

    @Dani - Vindication, W000T! ;-)

    @JoJo - I just saw a documentary-type movie on The Shining called Room 237, which features all sorts of bizarre Kubric conspiracy theories. Kooky. I think it's only in NY right now (?) but if it makes it up to the Cape, you might wanna check it out.

    @Elise - J'adore Supernatural, though I'm waaaaaaaaaaay behind on that show. I need to save up my pennies for box sets (my kid gave me the 1st season as a gift!).

    @Rocky - I think I've seen it! :-)

    @Al & Jason - Agreed. :-)

  15. I love this post, love it. I'm a horror movie junkie and vampires are one of those special creatures that just do it for me..if you know what I mean. lol I read PNR books for that same reason.

    Oh and Gerard Butler as a vampire was awesome!
    But my favorite vampire is still Chris Sarandon in Fright Night...there will never be another vamp as sexy as him.

    Dark Thoughts Blog

    1. OK, Fright Night almost made it to my list, because damned if Chris Sarandon didn't ring my bells. (W00F!) But I have this weird tick of needing to do stuff in threes, so, alas...

      Though, really, for me, the sexiest vamp is Frank Langella as Dracula. (Lawdhammercy!!!)

  16. I never thought of horror films as sexy, but I do love the Howling, American Werewolf in London, The Wolfman...are sensing a theme? LOL I love my monsters, esp the werewolves. For sexy vampires though it's Lost Boys and Bram Stoker's Dracula with Gary Oldman. yow!


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