Antichrist (2009 film)

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Antichrist (2009 film)

Summary

"When nature turns evil, true terror awaits, and chaos reigns." A grieving couple retreat to their cabin in the woods, hoping to repair their broken hearts and troubled marriage. But nature takes its course and things go from bad to worse.

Details

  • Release Date: 2009
  • Country/Language: Danish/International, English
  • Genres/Technical: Drama, Horror, Suspense, Art/Experimental
  • Setting: Modern woods (Canada or northern USA, though they could as easily be anywhere)
  • Runtime: 1 hr 48 min
  • Starring: Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Storm Acheche Sahlstrøm
  • Director: Lars von Trier
  • Writer: Lars von Trier
  • Producer/Production Co: Zentropa Entertainments, Zentropa International Köln, Slot Machine
  • View Trailer: (link)
  • TVTropes: (link)
  • IMDB Page: (link)


Ratings

MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: (not rated) (comparable to an R for Violence, Profanity and Adult Content, Nudity and Sexual Content, Sexual Violence, etc.)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • S____ (One Tentacle: Debateably Lovecraftian; has almost no direct connection to Lovecraft's work)

Not exactly a "Lovecraftian" film in the sense of being based on any of Lovecraft's work or containing references to his creations, though some viewers may find the location and atmosphere suggestive of Lovecraft's work (an "Eldritch Location" film).

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.

Reviews

Review Links:

  • Mark Pelligrini at Adventures in Poor Taste, (link) - "...The atmosphere in Antichrist is superb, relying heavily on discomforting ambient sound... and crafting an overall sense of isolation that few movies can equal. The supernatural elements are sparse and often times pointless nonsense..., though certain visuals are freaky-enough to make you lean away from your television set.... Antichrist is touted... as a 'battle of the sexes', but when it comes to who it’s tempting the audience to root for, the end result is a fairly lopsided portrayal.... What we’re left with is a very unusual 'lesson' that I just don’t think I understood correctly... at the end of the day, what Antichrist seems to want to tell me is that 'women are evil and you should hit them.' That… that can’t be right...."


Synopsis

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While a married couple have sex, their infant son in a nearby room falls out a window to his death. She becomes distraught and is hospitalized, but her husband, who is a psychiatrist, attempts to treat her. Deciding that she needs to face her fears, he takes her to a cabin in the woods where she spent a previous summer with the boy. Once they are there, she becomes more unhinged and starts perpetrating sexual violence on her husband and herself.


Notes

Comments, Trivia, Dedication

Associated Mythos Elements

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Keeper Notes

  • This would probably be a difficult film to work into a standard Call of Cthulhu RPG scenario; the investigators might be hired to locate a missing psychiatrist and wife after the couple's disappearance following the death of their child, tracking them down to a cabin in the woods, where the investigators might piece together what happened to the couple based on the ghastly shambles that remains, and deal with the unnatural aftermath of the couple's last moments alive....