What Happened to Nudity in Horror Films?
Shock and subversion have been a couple of the central tenets of horror since its inception. There has always been a lot of emphasis on putting things on screen that were both blasphemous yet strangely enticing. With horror’s counter-cultural roots in mind, it’s no surprise that a large part of its efforts to tantalize audiences has relied on nudity as much as it has on severed limbs. In the 1970s and 80s, American horror films were chock-full of oodles of naked bodies splayed across a large number of scenes. This increase in excessive displays of nudity coincided with the end of the oppressive Hays codes in 1968.
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