ByJancy Richardson, writer at
To avoid fainting, keep repeating 'It's only a movie...It's only a movie...'
Jancy Richardson

If you felt that Fifty Shades of Grey was lacking bite and authenticity, check out five S&M movies that were so extreme they struggled to disseminate Sado-masochism to the masses...

1. The Night Porter

Released: 1974

The inimitable Charlotte Rampling stars as a holocaust survivor who becomes embroiled in an S&M dynamic with her former torturer. The premise is about as shocking as a movie can handle but Rampling - opposite a striking Dirk Bogarde - handles the dark material with aplomb.

2. Maitresse

Released: 1975

Gerard Depardieu vs the professional dominatrix in a French arthouse picture that stretched the censors to their limit, with depraved dungeon action earning the movie an X that was only downgraded in 2003.

3. Preaching To The Perverted

Released: 1997

America Psycho screenwriter Guinevere Turner menaces the camera as a dominatrix in London's kinky clubland underworld. If the pitch doesn't convince, try the superlative sell from Empire:

“Turner makes Sharon Stone look like a mother superior.”

4. The Piano Teacher

Released: 2001

Despite her frosty exterior, Grand Dame of French cinema Isabelle Huppert discovers the illicit thrill of self-inflicted cutting while pursuing a young sexual partner. One of Michael Haneke's finest and most uncomfortable films.

5. Venus In Fur

Released: 2014

Roman Polanski's movie adaptation of the David Ives play sees Emmanuelle Seigner exercise - or should that be exorcise? - her erotic powers in a paeon to female dominance. Leopold von Sacher-Masoch would be proud.

What's the best extreme BDSM film you've ever seen?

Source: Youtube, Preaching to the Perverted


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