This clip is from a mediocre teen horror flick called 5ive Girls. I haven't seen the full movie (and I don't intend to), but these few minutes show one of the better mainstream spanking scenes of recent years. It's delightfully cheesy stuff, and we all love cheesy, right?
Apparently, the movie is about a group of wayward girls who are sent to a Catholic reformatory. They discover that each one of them has a unique psychic ability like healing wounds or seeing into the past. Needless to say, the school authorities don't take kindly to such displays of "witchcraft". Especially because they have their own supernatural gift in the form of an ancient demon who lives on the third floor and holds thrall over the entire institution. Did I mention that it's a cheesy movie? And why do demons always inhabit the third floor in these stories? It's either that or the basement. They never seem to dwell within, say, the kitchen. At least it would explain the lousy food.
But I like the spanking scene. Alright, it's ridiculously vanilla - they leave a bit of skirt overhanging just in the way of the ruler, and no true CP enthusiast would let that pass. But I suppose you can't take bigger risks in a mainstream movie. Not even when it's about psychic teenagers battling primordial forces of evil at St. Mark's Alternative School for Girls. On the plus side, the victim is cute and her reactions are good. The punishment sequence has a fine buildup and contains some interesting tidbits like the telekinetic bursts or the "Hail Mary" prayer. It almost passes for originality in a film that is obviously stitched together from pieces of other, better works. Oh, and I love the bossy teacher. Her wooden acting actually enhances the scene: "Disrepect the rules, and you shall pay - by the rod!" Brilliant.
It could have been a classic if they had taken the girl's panties down. Why didn't they? Since when, might I ask, does a teenage horror flick shy away from copious female nudity? Brian De Palma knew how to get it right - in Carrie, his own superior treatise on schoolgirl witches, he opens with a slow-motion shower scene that goes on for 27 minutes. You'd think that in a blatant rip-off like this, they could at least include a spanking on the bare. But alas, no! That would have been too much fun.
I wonder if we'll ever get to watch a real corporal punishment scene in a mainstream film. In an age when arthouse movies such as Romance, The Brown Bunny and 9 Songs show hardcore sex, it doesn't seem all that far-fetched. When Chloe Sevigny can give a blowjob on screen (and receives critical praise for her courage), why shouldn't a mainstream actress (or actor) agree to a few strokes of the cane? For the sake of art, realism or just getting into the character. You know how all the macho action heroes brag about doing their own stunts. Well, here's one we haven't seen before! If you can jump off a moving train, surely the wooden paddle is not going to kill you.
Will we ever see the day? I have my doubts, but one can always dream. Perhaps even more interesting is the question of who would do it first, and where. An actor or an actress? In an arthouse production, or maybe in a silly teenage horror film after all?