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Begotten (1990)

Unrated | | Fantasy, Horror | 5 June 1991 (USA)
This gory and entirely visual film tells the surreal tale of the death and rebirth of gods.


(as Edmund E. Merhige)
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Complete credited cast:
Brian Salzberg ...
God Killing Himself
Donna Dempsey ...
Mother Earth
Stephen Charles Barry ...
Son Of Earth - Flesh On Bone
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Gandia
Daniel Harkins
Michael Phillips
Erik Slavin
Arthur Streeter
Adolfo Vargas
Garfield White


God disembowels himself with a straight razor. The spirit-like Mother Earth emerges, venturing into a bleak, barren landscape. Twitching and cowering, the Son Of Earth is set upon by faceless cannibals. Written by Marty Cassady <mcass@mindspring.com>

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$33,000 (estimated)

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1.37 : 1
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Approximately eight to ten hours of optical work - re-photographing, visual treatments, and filtering - was required to produce one minute of film. The total post-production period for the 72-minute movie was eight months. See more »


God Killing Himself: [he commits suicide by disemboweling his own guts]
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob Movie (2012) See more »

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7 May 2004 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

When you make a film like Begotten you know it will divide people - one man's trash is another man's art. I don't think Begotten is trash and I'm not sure if it's art but I do know that it haunted me long after I saw it.

This is completely unlike any film you'll ever see. The graininess of it and the fact that you can't always make out what's going on just ups the creep out factor. It's like watching a vague memory or a disjointed nightmare play out on film.

On the downside, at only 68 minutes, it's still way too long. Each scene starts with promise but drags on and on and on...

I admire the audacity of the filmmaker and this is certainly a one of a kind work but ultimately Begotten is flawed by it's own self indulgence.

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