"'It was base,' he said indignantly, 'it was ignoble.'"

Many people argue that films are steadily becoming more violent, sexually explicit and immoral. Psycho, a Hitchcock film released in 1960, contains very little overt sexual or explicit violent content – the latter is mainly implied with sounds and effects. House of Wax, a 2005 horror film, contains a much higher level of violence, gore and sexual content. In A Clockwork Orange, Kubrick's 1971 adaptation of Anthony Burgess's dystopian novel, boundaries were pushed with a violent sexual assault shown in detail. Many modern films and TV series are extremely violent and sexually explicit. Some believe that constant exposure to such explicit scenes causes people to become desensitised and accepting of this behaviour.

Follow this link for a discussion about sex in horror films. Readers should be aware that there are some explicit images.

Click here for an article about violence towards women in the media, from Radio Times writer Alison Graham.