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Begotten (1990)

Unrated | | Fantasy, Horror | 5 June 1991 (USA)
Presented in a surreal, gory and entirely visual manner, Begotten tells of the death of religion, the abuse of nature by Man and a nihilistic outlook on what life ultimately is.

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E. Elias Merhige (as Edmund E. Merhige)
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Cast

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

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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Fantasy | Horror

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Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

None

Release Date:

5 June 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Začet See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA

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Budget:

$33,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Theatre Of Material See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
Title card: Language bearers, Photographers, Diary makers. You with your memory are dead, frozen. Lost in a present that never stop passing. Here lies the incantation of matter. A language forever.
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Scarred for life
16 July 2002 | by bannoySee all my reviews

Don't watch this film while, or soon after, eating.

Having said that, Begotten will stick with you for the rest of your life, like it or not. Based on the nihilistic philosophy that life is nothing more than man spasming above ground (to paraphrase the title sequence/introduction), this will more than likely contain the most intense and grisly imagery you'll ever see in a film.

There is no dialogue, only image after image describing the cycle of life. The film's combination of stark black and white photography compounded with some truly creepy background sounds work to drive home the maker's message.

The movie begins with God (portrayed as a bandaged and obviously insane man) slicing open his torso with a straight razor and subsequently dying in his own filth. After his death, Mother Nature emerges from his corpse to impregnate herself with his blood and semen and gives birth to Man, represented by a maggot of a human convulsing on the earth.

The landscape is a barren waste, populated by hulking shrouded humanoids who eventually happen upon Mother Nature and Man. After a slew of violent scenes depicting the rape of Nature and destruction of Man, these humanoids proceed to pound the remains of the corpses back into the ground, and the cycle of life begins anew.

I actually rented this from Blockbuster one night, based on the cover art and hype content, but this is definitely not a Blockbuster-type film. Don't expect narrative, dialogue or any pulled punches. This is intense imagery based on a dark subject.

I give this movie some high marks for the filmwork and audio, but I don't think I'll be watching it too often, if again. I like my movies dark and unique, but this one is exponentially more than I expected.


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