Crash with James Spader

crash1Back when I did my review of the movie ‘Secretary’ with James Spader, two readers suggested that I should watch Crash, which is also with James Spader. Of course, since I am a fan of this actor, I had to find Crash. Master T downloaded it for me. Shortly after He did, I started watching it, but halfway through, I stopped. When I saw the prompt for this week’s Wicked Wednesday, I knew I had to finish watching the movie.

The prompt for Wicked Wednesday is ‘Disturbing Films’ and to me Crash was – to some extent – a disturbing film.

Crash is a 1996 Canadian-British psychological thriller film written and directed by David Cronenberg based on J. G. Ballard’s 1973 novel of the same name. It tells the story of a group of people who take sexual pleasure from car accidents, a notable form of paraphilia. The film stars James Spader, Deborah Kara Unger, Elias Koteas, Holly Hunter, and Rosanna Arquette.
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Paraphilia (from Greek para παρά = beside and -philia φιλία = friendship, meaning love) describes the experience of intense sexual arousal to highly atypical objects, situations, or individuals.
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The main theme in the movie Crash is about people who are sexually aroused by car wrecks. James Spader plays the role of James Ballard. He and his wife are in an open relationship. Sex between them is dull, but discussing their sex with other partners makes sex between them exciting again. James ends up in a car accident and starts an affair with the woman who was in the other car. Both of them are excited by car wrecks and they visit a show where the car crash that killed James Dean is reenacted by a cult group lead by Vaughan.

crash2James becomes one of Vaughan’s group who gets off on car accidents. They even drive pass accident sites, get out and make pictures of the car wrecks and accident victims, whether dead or alive. Every scratch on or bend in the body of a car after an accident sexually excites them. But that is not all that excites them. They are also sexually aroused by scars on the bodies of others. James’s wife sees the scars on Vaughan’s body and gets in the back of the car with him while James is driving. She kisses and licks the scars. Vaughan handles her roughly with his hand on her throat, her breasts, her legs. In bed with James he kisses her bruises – on her legs, her breast, her arm, her face.

crash3There is one woman in the film that has a huge scar on the back of her leg and she walks with braces. James is aroused by the scar. He fucks her in a car, but not until he has licked and kissed her scar. Where the sexual relationship between James and his wife is dull in the beginning of the film, it gets hotter as the story unfolds and in the end he fucks her next to a car wreck that nearly killed her.

There are some incredibly erotic scenes in this movie, such as when Vaughan fucks a prostitute in the back of the car while James is driving or when Vaughan was busy with James’s wife. Both of these scenes have some harsh moments which sexually aroused me too. What I found disturbing was the way the characters react to scars and the misery of others. To walk around at a car accident, making photos and posing in and on the car to get the best shot is just… well… in my mind… sick.

I have double feelings about this movie, as you can see. Let’s say that I found the sex scenes – of which some have quite some BDSM elements – quite exciting, but the entire fixation on car wrecks and scars almost freaked me out.

I would love to hear who else has seen this movie, or would like to see it…

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