Boxing Helena

Boxing Helena is a 1993 American mystery thriller and body horror film directed by Jennifer Lynch and starring Sherilyn Fenn, Julian Sands, and Bill Paxton. Before its release, the film's production was hampered by legal battles with Madonna and Kim Basinger, who both backed out of playing Helena. The film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January 1993, where it was both dismissed and praised in equal measure by critics. After receiving an NC-17 rating from the MPAA, the film was given an R rating on appeal and released in the United States in September 1993. It was a critical and financial failure.


The movie follows a surgeon whose growing obsession with a woman leads him to hold her captive in his home after she suffers a car crash and to amputate her limbs to keep her captive.