While sodomy is rarely the subject of pleasant dinner party chit-chat, it has undeniably found a voice in mainstream cinema. Mark Fraser looks at 10 films that are literally a pain in the behind.
10. Orgazmo (Trey Parker, 1997)
This is really the only moment of light relief on this list. While some might find the scene when the hard bitten veteran porno actress shoots the DVDA (an acronym for two unmentionables I’ll let you work out for yourself) segment a wee bit juvenile, what should we really expect from a comedy that features a cameo by Max Hardcore?
9. Wake in Fright AKA Outback (Ted Kotcheff, 1971)
Possibly one of the most awkward hangover moments in any film when teacher Garry Bond awakens after a massive drinking bender in the Australian outback to find he has just been buggered by the town’s alcoholic doctor (Donald Pleasence). When it seems things couldn’t get any worse, a grim prognosis of the Aussie male booze culture gets a little grimmer.
8. Leaving Las Vegas (Mike Figgis, 1995)
Hooker Elisabeth Shue picks up the wrong college johns and gets raped. She then has to hobble back to her bungalow beaten and bruised. Won the actress her first (and so far only) Oscar™ nomination.
7. M Butterfly (David Cronenberg, 1993)
A French diplomat in China (Jeremy Irons) discovers his Chinese opera singer lover of many years (John Lone) is really a male spy. Could be used as the ultimate argument for taking off all your clothes and leaving the light on during slap and tickle.
6. The Accused (Jonathan Kaplin, 1988)
Party animal Jody Foster is gang raped in a bar and then has to fight for proper justice. Won the actress her first Oscar™.
5. A Serbian Film (Srdjan Spasojevic, 2010)
A porno actor, who has come out of retirement, is drugged and subsequently tricked into raping his six year old son. Not surprisingly, it all leads to a bloody showdown. Confronting perhaps (it was snipped by the censors before its release in Australia), but this one is more cynical exploitation than political statement.
4. Last Tango in Paris (Bernardo Bertolucci, 1972)
Grieving and angst-ridden widower (Marlon Brando in arguably his last great role) convinces his younger lover (Maria Schneider) that some rear entry intercourse – with the help of butter – might be fun. Perhaps Brando should have whispered: “The horror, the horror” in this one too.
3. (TIE) The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (David Fincher, 2011)
Computer hacking misfit (Rooney Mara) is assaulted by her sleazy guardian. She does, however, get her revenge.
3. (TIE) Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, 1994)
When a brawling Butch (Bruce Willis) and Marsellus (Ving Rhames) are kidnapped by Maynard (Duane Whitaker) and his mate Zed (Peter Green), they are taken down to the basement of Maynard’s store for a healthy dose of rump release. Fortunately Butch escapes and saves the day, resulting in him being reprieved by the gangster.
2. Deliverance (John Boorman, 1972)
A camping trip along a river in the Georgian wilderness goes awry for four city boys when two of them are briefly captured by a pair of mountain hillbillies and one is sodomised while being told to squeal like a pig. Arguably did less for the image of backwoods rednecks than Tobe Hooper’s 1974 opus The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
1. Salo, or 120 Days of Sodom (Pier Palo Pasolini, 1975)
What else could possibly be at the top of a line up like this? Pasolini pushes political allegory to the limit as four fascist libertines in Northern Italy at the end of World War II round up a group of attractive teenagers and decimate them in a partly operatic perverted and murderous rampage that redefines the boundaries of Hell. Whatever demons the director had, he surely must have faced a few of them shortly before this film was released when he was murdered under what have become unclear circumstances.