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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.

Director:

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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Genres:

Fantasy | Horror

Certificate:

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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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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Referenced in Beyond the Black Rainbow (2010) See more »

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Nah...
3 June 1999 | by ParcaSee all my reviews

I usually love bizarre, experimental, non-linear films. Not this time. This is a boring one, filled with very dull, repetitive images. Nothing goes on for on and on and on, and many times, due to the lighting effects, the editing, the grainy out-of-focus picture, and the blending of white with light and black with dark, you wonder if there is any image at all on the screen or if you are getting a bad reception. Oh yeah, and there are constant shots of the sun going up, and down, and up, and down... When the movie ended, my reaction was not of horror, or repulsion, or awe, but of amazement, as I wondered "THAT was IT?".

The reason why people think that this crap being passed great art is the work of a genius is the presentation of the credits. The guy that looked like Leatherface who was repeatedly cutting what is supposed to be an intestine is credited as God, and other characters as Mother Nature and etc. Why, how easy to create art! Now we can credit Elizabeth Berkeley's character in "Showgirls" as "God stripping several times and constantly acting stupidly in Las Vegas with Elvis look-alikes and screwing Kyle MacLaughlan" and officially declare it a work of art!...


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