The first season of American Horror Story, tells the story of a contemporary, California family who happens to move into a house haunted by the ghosts of decades of gruesome murders. Throughout the series, a mysterious man in a black latex body suit appears as an ominous figure. Depending on who (or what) is wearing the suit, the Rubber Man goes back and forth from being kinky but innocent to dangerous and evil. Then there’s the sexy temptress (or is she?) of a house keeper in your classic, sexy French maids uniform who bends over at every opportunity and masturbates in front of her employer.
Now in season two, American Horror Story: Asylum, the season starts with a couple who get off on fucking in haunted locations, this particular location being an asylum for the criminally insane. Taking place in the asylum’s heyday in the 60s, it’s run by a domineering nun with a mighty impressive collection of canes and a psychotic doctor with a bondage fetish.
While definitely creepy (the title sequence is really, really freaky), it’s also wonderfully campy. American Horror Story is practically an encyclopedia of sexual fetishism. It’s creators seem hell bent on slipping in a kink in every episode: latex, rape, bondage, sexy maid, slutty nuns, mad doctors, nymphomaniacs, chronic masturbators, and lots and lots of caning. The combination of sex and scary movies isn’t anything new. How many horror movies start with the sexy, college kids sneaking off to screw? But it may not be just a “sex sells” approach to movie making. Studies have shown a link between anxiety-provoking situations (i.e. scary movies) and increased sexual arousal.
So the next time you want to get into the mood, maybe nix The Notebook for The Shining.