As readers of this blog can probably tell, I am a fan of nudity in horror films. Even if a film is terrible, sprucing it up with a topless model helps. I have always found the Puritanical mind-set of those who enjoy horror movies but have nothing but disdain for nude scenes odd (you have no issue about blood, guts, mangled body-parts, etc, but when a nipple is shown on a breast you are offended?). A horror film it supposed to be a visceral experience on some levels... you are supposed to "feel" it in a physical sense as much as experience it emotionally and process it intellectually. When a film can shock the mind, terrify the heart, and make the body quake, then it is a great horror movie. Nude scenes help accomplish the physical connection.
|I Spit on Your Grave|
The unbelievability of this lack of nudity make the film less convincing.
|The Devil's Advocate|
Nudity, when done in a manner that adds to the viewing experience, even if "gratuitous", is a part of the fabric of horror films, using beauty as a lure and as a point of comparison to the ugliness that is integral to the story. Titillating your viewers, be it through humor, sexuality, or an appeal to their sympathy, helps make the incredible more convincing, and leads to an over-all more entertaining experience. When the genre deals with the unsavory, the dark, and the terrifying, why would it shy away from the sexuality inherent in all those experiences?