Friday, June 10, 2016

Begotten (1990)

Director: E. Elias Merhige

Starring: Brian Salzberg, Donna Dempsey, Stephen Charles Barry

Run time: 1:12

This movie is good if your brain needs a good tickle. There aren't any words. Creepy shit just fucking happens. I guess maybe there's sort of a story if you read the plot on Wikipedia. If you haven't, it's just shit happening. Which is okay with me if it keeps your interest and this movie certainly keeps your interest.
So this creepy looking person/thing with a thing for a face is shaking and convulsing and hacking away at itself with some kind of weapon. Eventually it dies and a lady appears. Then we're outside where these Tusken Raider looking guys are gonna kill another shaking person/thing. It kills the thing and then more fucking creepy things happen. It's just fucking things and person/things with fucking stuff and things. The film quality is purposely shitty and it adds to the atmosphere. There isn't any music but there's like rhythmic natural sounds that are disturbing. Listen to enough of that shit while looking at these cooky visuals and you'll get nauseous.

This movie is every edgy, avant-garde video you've ever seen on Youtube. Everyone who's ever done anything random and strange and creepy watched this shit. It's fucking sickening. I enjoyed Begotten but there's a chunk in the middle that really bored me. I honestly can't get the opening sequence out of my head. I wish there was more stuff like that in the movie. So fucking weird. Overall I could see this as a pretty forgettable movie with the exception of some very memorable and disturbing images I will never ever forget. Begotten is a very different awful horror movie.

Fun Fact: To make the film quality look crappier, Writer/Director E. Elias Merhige would sometimes run the negatives through sandpaper.

             Horror Film: 7
             Entertainment: 8
             Gore: 8
             Overall: 7.5