Erotic thriller films because they offer a tantalising mix of suspense, sensuality, and intrigue. So, it is no surprise that every other week, one film or another from this genre soars past the rest of the contenders on Netflix’s top ten charts.
This week, Chloe Domont’s erotic thriller Fair Play is arriving at Netflix after generating a significant buzz at its premiere at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival. Starring Bridgerton star Phoebe Dynevor and Oppenheimer alum Alden Ehrenreich, this film promises to be a gripping story that explores the intersection of love, desire, and ambition.
If viewing the battle of the sexes play out in Fair Play puts you in the mood for more electrifying and sensuous cinematic experiences this weekend, this curated list of essential erotic thrillers should have you covered!
From forbidden desires to psychological suspense, these five films are guaranteed to provide you with an unforgettable viewing experience.
Five essential films to binge on Netflix this weekend:
Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
Directed by Stanley Kubrick, Eyes Wide Shut is a masterful exploration of sexuality, jealousy, and obsession. Starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman as a married couple, the film follows their descent into a world of sexual intrigue and dark secrets after a chance encounter at a party.
The film’s dreamlike haze and mesmerising storytelling make it a classic in the erotic thriller genre.
Gerald’s Game (2017)
Based on Stephen King’s novel, Gerald’s Game is a psychological thriller that takes a unique approach to sensuality and fear. When a weekend getaway turns into a nightmare for Jessie (Carla Gugino), her struggles for survival blend with her repressed desires, creating a mind-bending narrative that will leave you gasping for breath.
Director Mike Flanagan skillfully weaves together elements of horror and eroticism, making this film a must-watch.
Cam explores the dark side of the online world as it delves into the life of a camgirl named Alice (Madeline Brewer), who becomes obsessed with her online persona. When she discovers a doppelgänger has taken over her channel, the film becomes a provocative examination of identity, sexuality, and the blurred lines between reality and fantasy. Directed by Daniel Goldhaber, Cam is a modern erotic thriller that will keep you guessing until the very end.
Lady Chatterley’s Lover (2022)
Based on the classic novel by D.H. Lawrence, Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover tells the story of a passionate and illicit affair between Constance Chatterley (Emma Corrin) and her husband’s gamekeeper, Oliver Mellors (Jack O’Connell).
The film explores themes of class, desire, and liberation in a post-World War I setting. With its beautifully shot scenes and sensual performances, Lady Chatterley’s Lover offers a compelling and steamy viewing experience.
Fair Play (2023)
Fair Play is a 2023 erotic thriller film, marking the feature directorial debut of Chloe Domont. The movie boasts a talented ensemble cast, including Phoebe Dynevor and Alden Ehrenreich in leading roles alongside Eddie Marsan and Rich Sommer. It revolves around the tumultuous journey of a recently engaged couple, Emily and Luke, whose relationship faces unprecedented challenges due to an unexpected promotion within a highly competitive hedge fund firm.
Fair Play started streaming on Netflix on October 6th, 2023.