Horror & Porn

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Nyarlathotep
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Horror & Porn

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Right now I am reading a book called Shock Value, about the boom in horror in the '70s. Really interesting book and I highly recommend it to anyone even remotely interested in the subject.

One thing I notice, though, that the author never goes into is the enormous overlap between the porn idustry and the horror movie industry at that time. I.e. We Craven got his start editing and directing porn, his boss would later go on to produce both Last House on the Left and Friday the 13th (okay that one is TECHNICALLY the 80s, but I'll call 1980 close enough). The only company Tobe Hooper could find to distribute The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was Bryanston pIctures, who were mostly known for porn (they were also the distributors for Deep Throat). And so on.

I have to wonder why that is, though. I suspect it has has to do with the fact that porn was trying to go legit about that time, and horror was the only avenue really open to them, despite the fact they had a lot of money. Meanwhile you had a lot of aspiring indy horror filmmakers who were kind of shunned by mainstream Hollywood as well and who needed that money. So it was kind of a match made in heaven. Or Hell, if you prefer.

Don't know if my suspicion is really true, might be the topic for an interesting book though.
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Indeed
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Back in the sixties, early seventies there was a definite change, and horror films had soft porn in them

Not really porn, but nudity and sexual themes, combined with dark horror shit

Watch the 1969 original Wicker Man and see for yourself

It’s on Netflix
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