Screwed up sex isn’t the only thing featured in Spetters. Serious drama is found throughout the film. The youthful friends in Spetters realize as the days past that their ideal fantasies usually don’t turnout the way that they would like. Fights, paralysis, rape, family problems, and failure are just a few of things that plague these callow friends. Dreams come at a substantial price and fellows in Spetters just don’t seem to have enough to pay it.
Spetters is also a film about the “new” postwar Holland. The new Holland is a place of liberal and “everything goes” attitude. Before World War II, Holland was considered a proud moral country. After World War II, Holland became a socialized region where strict moral nationalist views became a taboo of sorts (like most of Europe). Spetters takes these liberal attitudes to extremes with “free love,” miscegenation, gay gangbangs, and blasphemy against the Dutch reform church. I guess you could also say the same about the United States and Hollywood films. Of course, Hollywood started its blatant degeneracy in the late 1960s.
Director Paul Verhoeven would later go on to direct the controversial Showgirls in