Six Movies With Interspecies Coupling

By Matt Prigge
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Porcile (1969): Though it has nothing on Salo: The 120 Days of Sodom, this—another of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s more savage critiques of the bourgeoisie—still finds Jean-Pierre Léaud, playing the son of a former Nazi, as a man so decadent he forsakes his fiancée to have sex with pigs. In the film’s bleak conclusion, he’s fed to the swine he loves to love. Something must have been in the air in 1969: The American comedy Futz! also depicted man-pig love.

Caligula (1980): There are so many, shall we say, transgressions in this epic, Penthouse-produced grotesquery that a scene in which the Roman emperor engages in postcoital reverie with his horse would, comparatively, make few bat an eyelid. At least they didn’t show it, unlike the scene in which Caligula ties up a guy’s urinary tract, pours wine down his throat then disembowels him.

Howard the Duck (1986): Give this George Lucas-shepherded atrocity, based on Steve Gerber’s oft-brilliant po-mo comic, some credit: It’s the only would-be blockbuster that ends with its lead actress in a mad, passionate affair with a midget in an instantly dated animatronic duck costume.

Galaxy Quest (1999): Blasé to the point of autism, Tony Shalhoub’s tech sergeant only gets excited over Missi Pyle’s Laliari, one of the aliens who have mistakenly kidnapped the cast of a Star Trek-like show. As the two are locked in an embrace, tentacles pop out—a development that seems to turn him on even more. The lampoon carries on Shatner’s fine tradition of interspecies boots-knocking (as did last year’s Trek reboot).

Splice (2009): Let’s just say the scene in which Adrien Brody’s geneticist mates with the animal-human hybrid beastie he’s “fathered” isn’t the most messed-up cross-species sex act in the movie.

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010): A woman has sex with a talking catfish in the winner of this year’s Palme d’Or at Cannes. Par for course, really, for Thai master Apichatpong Weerasethakul, who in Tropical Malady unleashed tiger-men and talking monkeys.

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