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Von Trier’s “Antichrist” Gets Pre-Halloween Release

Von Trier's "Antichrist" Gets Pre-Halloween Release

I’d love to see the faces of the teenagers looking for movie thrills who unwittingly stumble upon Lars Von Trier’s “Antichrist” when it gets its U.S. release on Oct. 23.

IFC Films has set the date of reckoning for the Danish maverick’s latest cinematic provocation a week before All Hollow’s Eve. As I wrote in a review from Cannes, the movie “certainly has its moments of shock and suspense–and a notable dose of body horror, specifically. But it would be wrong to liken the film to an “Exorcist” or some strange spin on the rape-revenge narrative (i.e. “I Spit on Your Grave”)…. [Rather,] Von Trier’s sense of foreboding recalls David Lynch, as trees, bushes and images of animal flesh take on a similar sense of uncanny dread.”

I guess it comes as no surprise that IFC Films is marketing the film as a horror picture, but there probably should be some extra warning for viewers that the gore on display is a form of torture that even the makers of “Hostel’ and “Saw” wouldn’t touch.

This site has three new clips from the film, prepared for the movie’s French release. Ignore the French subtitles. And here’s the Danish trailer below.

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