History[ edit ] Creatures with tentacles appeared in Japanese erotica long before animated pornography. Among the most famous of the early instances is an illustration from the Hokusai Katsushika novel Kinoe no komatsu popularly known as The Dream of the Fisherman's Wife. It is an example of shunga Japanese erotic woodblock art and has been reworked by a number of artists. They would have recognized the print as depicting the legend of the female abalone diver Tamatori.
In the story, Tamatori steals a jewel from the Dragon King. During her escape, the Dragon King and his sea-life minions including octopodes pursue her. The dialogue in the illustration shows the diver and two octopuses expressing mutual enjoyment. Contemporary censorship in Japan dates to the Meiji period. The influence of European Victorian culture was a catalyst for legislative interest in public sexual mores. How this term is interpreted has not remained constant.
While exposed genitalia and until recently pubic hair are illegal, the diversity of permissible sexual acts is now wide compared with other liberal democracies.
Leaders within the tentacle porn industry have stated that much of their work was initially directed at circumventing this policy. The animator Toshio Maeda stated: I thought I should do something to avoid drawing such a normal sensual scene.
So I just created a creature. His tentacle is not a penis as a pretext. I could say, as an excuse, this is not a penis; this is just a part of the creature. You know, the creatures, they don't have a gender. A creature is a creature. So it is not obscene - not illegal. Numerous animated tentacle erotica films followed the next couple decades, with more popular titles like 's Urotsukidoji , 's La Blue Girl and 's Demon Beast Resurrection becoming common sights in large video store chains in the United States and elsewhere.
The volume of films in this genre has slowed from the peak years in the s but continue to be produced to the present day. Manga[ edit ] In , Toshio Maeda 's manga Demon Beast Invasion created what might be called the modern Japanese paradigm of tentacle porn, in which the elements of sexual assault are emphasized.
Maeda explained that he invented the practice to get around strict Japanese censorship regulations, which prohibit the depiction of the penis but apparently do not prohibit showing sexual penetration by a tentacle or similar often robotic appendage. Live-action[ edit ] The use of sexualized tentacles in live-action films, while much rarer, started in American B-movie horror films and has since migrated back to Japan.
Lovecraft short story of the same name. Vice magazine identifies this as "perhaps cinema history's first tentacle-rape scene". Arguably the most notorious example of tentacle rape to date, Corman inserted and directed a scene in which actress Taaffe O'Connell , playing an astronaut on a future space mission is captured, raped, and killed by a giant, tentacled worm.
The film borrows the concept of the "id monster" from the s film Forbidden Planet , with the worm being a manifestation of the O'Connell character's fears. The scene was graphic enough that the film's director, B. Clark, refused to helm it, and O'Connell refused to do the full nudity required by Corman, so Corman directed the scene himself and used a body double for some of the more graphic shots. Initially given an X-rating by the Motion Picture Association of America, tiny cuts were made to the scene which changed the movie's rating to 'R'.
An even more popular film from , Sam Raimi 's The Evil Dead , has actress Ellen Sandweiss ' character being attacked by the possessed woods she is walking in. The evil spirit inhabiting the woods using tree limbs and branches to ensnare, strip, and rape her, "entering" i. Another film, this time dealing with the life of artist Katsushika Hokusai , was the Japanese made film Edo Porn , which featured the far famed Dream of the Fisherman's Wife painting in a live action depiction.
In the film Possession also from a woman gives birth to and then copulates with a tentacled creature which is hinted to relate to some sort of Lovecraftian cosmic horror. The popularity of these films has led to the subsequent production of numerous live-action tentacle films in Japan from the s to the present day.
The theme has appeared more rarely in adult American cinema and art; one example is American artist Zak Smith , who has painted works featuring octopuses and porn stars, in various stages of intercourse.
In , Amat Escalante directed an art house movie called The Untamed which depicts a live action scene between the female protagonist and a tentacled space alien.