This Horror Fan Has Her Limits

I stumbled across this THING watching videos of my favorite band Sopor Aeternus. I couldn't finish it. I suppose this is someone's idea of art and a novel interpretation of deep subjects. I think it's just disturbing **** with no meaning at all. A horrible assault to the eyes.

Begotten From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Begotten
Opening scene showing "God" portrayed by an insane bandaged being who later disembowels himself. Directed by E. Elias Merhige Produced by E. Elias Merhige Written by E. Elias Merhige Starring Brian Salzberg
Donna Dempsey
Stephen Charles Barry Music by Evan Albam Cinematography E. Elias Merhige Release date(s)  June 5, 1991 Running time 78 min. Country USA

Begotten is a 1991 experimental/horror film, directed and written by E. Elias Merhige.

The film heavily deals with religion and the biblical story of the Creation. But as Merhige revealed during Q&A sessions, its primary inspiration was a near death experience he had when he was 19, after a car crash. The film features no dialogue, but rather uses harsh and uncompromising images of human pain and suffering to tell its tale. It also has no music, instead, the movie is accompanied by the sounds of crickets, and occasionally other sound effects such as grunting and thrashing.

The film was shot on black and white reversal film, and then every frame was rephotographed for the look that is seen. The only colors are black and white. There are no half-tones. This is intended to add to the eerie atmosphere of the movie, as sometimes the viewer cannot always exactly make out what it is being shown, but can still infer a sense of suffering. The look of the film is described in the trailer as "a Rorschach test for the eye". Merhige said that for each minute of original film, it took up to 10 hours to rephotograph it for the look desired.

Merhige also revealed in Q&A sessions that he would like this film to be the first of a trilogy. He was experiencing difficulties getting proper funding, and at the time it was unknown if/when the two other films would be made. The second film of the unofficial trilogy, a 14-minute film entitled Din Of Celestial Birds, deals with evolution. It premiered in 2006 on Turner Classic Movies and was shot in similar visual fashion.

A screenshot from the film is used as Album art by Katatonia for their EP, Sounds of Decay.

The music video for "Cryptorchid", a single from the album Antichrist Superstar by Marilyn Manson, was directed by E. Elias Merhige and includes footage from Begotten.[1] Merhige also directed the video for "Antichrist Superstar", a video that remained unreleased until it was leaked online 14 years after its creation.


The film opens with a robed, profusely bleeding "God" disemboweling himself, with the act ultimately ending in his death. A woman, Mother Earth, emerges from his remains, arouses the body, and impregnates herself with his *****. Becoming pregnant, she wanders off into a vast and barren landscape. The pregnancy manifests in a fully grown convulsing man whom she leaves to his own devices.

The "Son of Earth" meets a group of faceless nomads who seize him with what is either a very long umbilical cord or a rope. The Son of Earth vomits organic pieces, and the nomads excitedly accept these as gifts. The nomads finally bring the man to a fire and burn him.

"Mother Earth" encounters the resurrected man and comforts him. She seizes the man with a similar umbilical cord. The nomads appear and proceed to rape her. Son of Earth is left to mourn over the lifeless body. A group of characters appears, carry her off and dismember her, later returning for Son of Earth. After he, too, is dismembered, the group buries the remains, planting the parts into the crust of the earth. The burial site becomes lush with flowers. In a final coda, "Mother Earth" and "Son of Earth" are shown again, this time wandering away through a forest.


While the movie is not easily approached—lacking both dialogue and discernible cultural symbols—it does contain references to various religious and pagan cultures. Christian elements are present in the impregnation of Mother Earth by God, akin to the impregnation of Mary by the Holy Spirit.

Critical reception The critical reception of Begotten was fairly positive. It holds a rating of 67% at Rotten Tomatoes[2] . Phil Hall of Wired.Com says: "Few motion pictures have the power to jolt an audience with the fury, imagination, and artistic violence of Begotten[3] Susan Sontag called it "one of the 10 most important films of modern times"
Kittychanel Kittychanel
41-45, F
4 Responses Sep 22, 2012

I haven't seen the whole thing...part of it was used for a video of a song from my fave first I thought it was the singer in one part. Because she IS weird but I found out about the movie and it's just too strange for me. Yes some things are. I don't think I want to watch the human centipede either. Yet I don't think some things are scary that other people do.

I've seen this,it's a pretty messed up film : )

I couldn't stand what I did see. It really scared me!

Seen it. It was boring and icky.