rfburn over at Little Bit Tired, Little Bit Worn has a great post about the accusations that Christianity has killed the erotic thriller genre.
The accusation is being leveled because of the huge box office flop Basic Instinct 2 which over the weekend earned slightly more than Larry the Cable Guy which has been out for two weeks.Oliver Stone said the same thing about why Alexander flopped. Can't these guys just admit they made crappy movies that no one wanted to see? Maybe if BI2 had more of an agenda behind it the critics would have heralded it as another Brokeback Mountain instead of celluloid trash.
The failure of Basic Instinct 2 couldn't possibly mean that perhaps the film just plain sucks or that the genre has run it's course. There must be someone or some group to blame, and there is! Conservative Christians to be specific. Paul Verhoeven, director of the first Basic Instinct makes the following claim:From Reuters Entertainment News
"Anything that is erotic has been banned in the United States", said the Dutch native. "Look at the people at the top (of the government). We are living under a government that is constantly hammering out Christian values. And Christianity and sex have never been good friends."