Ever since the advent of cable TV, the idea of leaving the comfort of one's own home for a crowded movie theater with the intention of getting turned on has gotten less and less appealing. Why go out when Shannon Tweed, Shannon Whirry, or some other strategically nude woman named Shannon can set the mood with an improbably-hunky cable guy / pizza delivery dude?
Although not limited to Cinemax's infamous After Dark lineup, the "Skinemax" flick has been a safe haven for couples (and, let's face it, horny single dudes) to get sensual without the icky aftertaste of the hardcore stuff. Despite this comfortable niche, big studios still try to lure mainstream audiences to their big-budget, star-studded versions of these softcore sensations with mixed results.
In dubious honor of "Under the Skin" (Scarlett Johansson is an alien using sex to lure men to their death) and "Nymphomaniac" (Charlotte Gainsbourg tells tales of her many, many exploits in the sack) attempting to forge art-house fare out of ludicrous sexiness, we're counting down 10 mainstream movies that could have easily been Skinemax fare.
WARNING: The following images are sort of NSFW.
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