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Lars Von Trier's Antichrist and Shocking Body Horror Films
Jeremy Allen , July 24th, 2009 13:15

Antichrist's harrowing scenes of genital mutilation have the power to shock even today's desensitised viewers. Jeremy Allen wonders if the controversy is overshadowing this sophisticated drama. Plus The Quietus collect 10 similarly shocking scenes of body horror.



This is essentially the nightmare most men have before becoming fathers for the first time. Great convulsing from John Hurt and genuine-seeming reactions from the cast really sell the famous chest-bursting scene. The snot-covered sock puppet that emerges ruins the magic a bit but the idea of a parasite incubating in your stomach only to forcibly escape through your ribcage will bother you a lot longer than the images.