While there are princesses and castles in Flesh and Blood, don't expect a fairytale. This is a brutal movie, where even the most romantic scene of a lover's first kiss takes place under two swinging, rotting, mutilated corpses. Flesh and Blood feels like a story truly set in the 1500s rather than modern times with costumes.
Jennifer Jason Leigh is young, nubile and nude and does a great job of playing the role she will later prefect – weird, messed up lady. Rutger Hauer is not nude enough however but is still one of the most spell binding faces to grace the screen.
Sure, the eighties vibe mixed with 16th century barbarity may not be to everyone's taste, but for my money it is one of the best films of its kind ever. Verhoeven, it seems you win again!