Writer-director Bret Wood brings to the screen titillating vignettes that portray the deviant sexual behaviors catalogued in Richard von Krafft-Ebing’s infamous medical text that shocked Victorian sensibilities. Dramatizing cases such as those of a masochist seeking carnal fulfillment from being dominated and a lesbian tutor who seduces her female pupil, this provocative film is a study in steamy soft-core fetishism and sexual exploitation.
Ever heard of the name Richard von Krafft-Ebing? Well, if you’ve heard of the words sadism, masochism, heterosexual or homosexual, then you’ve at least heard of his work.
Psychopathia Sexualis is based off of Krafft-Ebing’s book of the same name. Except, the director takes a more documentary-esque style to tell this tale.
I had a rough time watching this movie at moments. In the beginning you are given examples of the disorders. They fling every sexual perversion they can muster at you whether you’re prepared or not. So be forewarned that the imagery is rather disturbing.
Necrophilia, bestiality, pedophilia, sadism, masochism, you name it… it’s in here. The most disturbing scene, at least for me, was the woman stomping on a chicken. She did this at her customer’s request for sexual fulfillment. And it hit home with me for some reason. I had to watch this one in two sittings.
This is a buy for me. If you are interested in the perversity of human sexuality and are fascinated by what some consider erotic, then Psychopathia Sexualis will not disappoint.