Crash, directed & produced by David Cronenberg, is an erotic-thriller about a subculture of people who find sexual release by way of car accidents. It is based off of the 1973 controversial novel by renowned sci-fi author J.G. Ballard. The film, like the novel it was based on, immediately received backlash upon its release, with even the Daily Mail running an issue with the front page headline, "BAN THIS CAR CRASH SEX FILM." Despite all of the controversies, Crash remains a cult classic, and is a staple when one thinks of Cronenberg's films.
James Ballard (James Spader), a film & television producer, and his wife, Catherine (Deborah Kara Unger), have an open marriage, and openly speak about their affairs. James gets into a car crash, killing the husband of Dr. Helen Remington (Holly Hunter), who finds herself drawn to James in mysterious ways after the accident. They're all connected when Vaughan (Elias Koteas), a TV scientist turned "nightmare angel of the expressways" introduces them to an underground subculture full of those who are fascinated, or even, aroused by the car crash.