Paul Verhoeven, director of the first "Basic Instinct" (which scored $353
million worldwide) as well as the widely ridiculed "Showgirls" (now regarded as
something of a camp classic), attributes the genre's demise to the current
American political climate.
Oh for the love of... Is he serious? Yes, let's blame the downfall of "erotic thrillers" on politics. Let's not blame it on the fact that we've seen all this before, and it's not, what's the word I'm looking for... original.
"Anything that is erotic has been banned in the United States," said the Dutch
native. "Look at the people at the top (of the government). We are living under
a government that is constantly hammering out Christian values. And Christianity
and sex have never been good friends."
Uhh, yeah. I'm at a loss for words, too.
"We're in a big puritanical mode," he said. "Now, it's like the McCarthy era,
except it's not 'Are you a communist?' but 'Have you ever put sex in a movie?'"
Well that I can agree with. If there is one thing that pops into my mind when I see an erotic thriller it is "this will kill more people than communism." Is it a coincidence that Stone and Stalin both start with the same letters? I think not. It's obvious that these movies are doing poorly for one reason and one reason only - massive fear.
Seriously, I can't even keep writing about this without laughing. These poor Hollywood schmucks actually fail to see that the reason these movies do so poorly is because they suck. Pornography is a multi-billion dollar a year industry, but these guys are firmly convinced that their movies aren't doing well because "eroticism" is an enemy of the state. Gotcha.
The only question is, what genre will be the next victim of the Bush administration? Horror? Action? One can only hope that it's the Romantic Comedy...