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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.



If you bump any protruding joint in just the right place it makes your bones ring like a church bell, which is really unpleasant. That's the vicarious sensation you get seeing Kathy Bates hobbling James Caan's ankles with a sledge hammer. The "God, I love you" from Bates, doesn't really excuse her actions. This is the kind of scene which makes your balls recede slightly back into your body.