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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.



It's important to note that one of the most bloodthirsty movies in recent memory was directed by a woman — Julie Taymour. Even more surprising is that she also directed _The Lion King _ musical!

In this imaginative and brilliant adaptation of Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus it's hard to single out a particular act of violence from so many, but the jamming of twigs into Lavinia's bloody stumps where her hands used to be certainly takes the cake. Imagine what it would feel like when the wind blew? Ack.