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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.


Death Proof

Everyone seems to forget that Tarrantino films are all about the dialogue, not the violence — which is probably why the banter-heavy plot of Deathproof wasn't to everyone's taste. When there is violence, however, it is deployed with skill. The car crash which closes the first half is simply horrific and probably more representative of what actually happens in crashes than any action flick: non-seatbelted bodies fly through the air; severed legs are ripped out of pelvises by sheer momentum; and two sets of tires definitely tread over one girl's face in passing. Makes you remember that we're about as durable as a pillow case full of guts.