Alright, it's about time somebody brought this up and I may as well be the one to sperg about it first. Time to talk about Cinemax's late night material, or as it's more commonly known as, Skinemax. (you knew it was inevitable) When it comes to lame and campy attempts at erotic film, you can't get more pathetic than premium cable softcore porn. Once the main fap material of many a horny teenager in the 90's and early 2000's (at least the ones who had premium cable), these films now seem quaint, antiquated, and actually rather tame in this age of hardcore internet porn being readily available at the click of a button. Skinemax (named so because most of these shows and movies air on Cinemax, and they were the ones that started the tradition, although HBO Zone and The Movie Channel also air this type of stuff on the weekends) is a treasure trove of shameless nudity, fake sex scenes, bad acting, and overwrought excuse plots. Unlike hardcore material where you can show pretty much anything and skip straight to the lewdness, Skinemax softcore stuff actually has rules. All the sex scenes are simulated, and you're only allowed to show boobs and butts (even Game of Thrones gets to show more stuff than these movies). So naturally, the people who make these type of flicks have to include a premise (often a parody of a film or more often, a genre of film) and usually have to have an excuse plot. Many of these films come off as poorly acted and the low production values really show, but let's be honest, most people who watch this kind of stuff don't care about production values or coherence. Some of these films are totally self-aware of this (particularly Fred Olen Ray's works) and just have fun with it, often being humorous and tongue-in-cheek. You'd think that these type of films and shows would fall by the wayside and be completely decimated by the internet like what happened with Playboy Magazine, but you'd be wrong. Because these films are super cheap to make (the average budget is usually around $100,000-$250,000) and have a built-in appeal of some sort, they're still in circulation as late night weekend filler for HBO Zone and general late night material for Cinemax (although since 2013, Cinemax has scaled down the softcore stuff somewhat so they can focus on original legitimate shows like The Knick and the TV adaptation of The Transporter). Many of the films are directed by two main people: Dean McKendrick and noted B-Movie director Fred Olen Ray (who operates under the pseudonym "Nicholas Medina"). Ray's films usually tend to be more self-aware and are of marginally better quality in terms of both production values and fanservice. These films often employ burned-out hardcore actors such as Voodoo and Rebecca Love, but a few performers make a living solely doing these late-night softcore films, most notably Christine Nguyen and Beverly Lynne. When I was an ignorant teenager in the mid-to-late 2000's, I loved these films (lol, TMI, I know), but now I find them to be lame and enjoyable in a "So Bad It's Good" sort of way instead of their intended purpose. These films often tend to be so cheap and low-brow, they become funny and are essentially unintended comedy gold. This doesn't just apply to Skinemax movies, you can also discuss the original TV shows that follow this format, with all the snark and mockery that would entail.