Sunday, September 19, 2010

Antichrist (2009)

A psycho-therapist attempts to aid his wife through the grieving process after the couple loses their only child to a freak accident. As her condition worsens, he attempts more radical treatments in order to have her to face her fears by removing her to their isolated cabin in the woods. It is here that he discovers his wife has become obsessed with witchcraft during her thesis research, which sparks a dramatic shift in her attitude and causes her to lash out at her husband with a frightening ferocity. Director Lars von Trier delivers this brutal and shocking Arthouse picture that will have viewers on the edge of their seats! ANTICHRIST's experimental story structure can be a bit uncertain in the beginning, but as the plot unfolds, each of the perceived events from early on become integral elements that build into the twisted and horrifying revelation in the end. A dark, suffocating, and oppressive mood is developed through the turbulent emotional vortex in which the couple finds themselves caught thanks to a pair of incredible performances by Academy Award® nominee Willem Defoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg. As the plot hits its breaking point just after the hour mark, the slow and methodical character development gives way to scenes of nauseating gore, savage sexuality, and profoundly disturbing psychological terror that are sure to leave an immediate and lasting impression on audiences in the same way that MARTYRS had done in 2008. Lars von Trier has created a masterful visual and mental mind-warp that will leave some breathless and others completely dumbfounded while establishing ANTICHRIST as a modern classic.

Rating: 9/10.
Gore: 8/10.

If you liked ANTICHRIST, check out:
POSSESSION, MARTYRS, IN MY SKIN.

9 comments:

  1. I couldn't get past the first 40 minutes of this one. I know a lot of people liked it, but I was totally knocked off balance and unnerved by the opening shower sex scene and thought for a brief moment that I was watching a Willem Defoe porno....which would be equally as disturbing if I had been. It ruined the whole movie, for me and I was unable to sleep that night.......*shudder*. Perhaps, someday I'll try to watch the whole film.....starting 40 minutes in......but....in my head, I'll "know". LOL

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  2. Don't think I can make it through this one. Afraid to try.

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  3. Oh man.. It gets worse LJ.. No more penetration, but a ton more man ass. You stopped right when things begin to pick up though!

    Becks, this is a reeeal tough one to watch, let MARTYRS be your gauge for whether or not you can take more blunt cinematic trauma!

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  4. I was never really sure how I felt about it after the first time I watched it, but it really stayed with me and I couldn't get certain things out of my head. After the second viewing, I think the film is pure brilliance, but it is such a polarizing film that it is hard to say I really like it, and that is coming from someone that loves Martyrs.

    I will watch it again, and I think it is an achievement on all levels, most importantly on an intellectual level. I have certain theories that are pretty grand, but they still aren't even fully realized as Antichrist is such a film that demands man views to break down fully.

    Also, while that opening is pretty much a Green Goblin porno, it is one of the most gorgeously shot moments I have seen in a film. The black and white is so clean, the water is so defined, and the score just makes everything so powerful. I think it is a fantastic opening, and one that lets you know you're not in for the average horror film.

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  5. Duuudddeee if you guys think Antichrist was sweet you gotta see Scar 3D, its wild!!! So happy directors still have a taste for good old fashioned serial killer psycho gore!!! October 1st on VOD. WOOO! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIV5VqI72Uc

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  6. Matt that is exactly why I need to rewatch Martyrs, I had no idea what to make out of it in the first watchthrough.

    I managed to avoid most of the reviews going in to this one, so I had absolutely no idea what to expect, and it just blew me away. At first, I thought it was going to be the most pretentious Horror movie I was ever going to see during the opening scene. Wrong. Loved it dude, now that I've seen it I will have to go back and read your review!

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  7. this movie is a mind fuck... in a good way :D

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