It is unrelenting, terrifying and profoundly powerful. And it is really, really ballsy; a claim that viewers will recognise as being highly ironic considering the ball-related events that take place within the film.
Yes, Antichrist is harrowing and often shrill, but the horrors all serve the underlying theme that, try as they might, men can never fully understand the inconsolable grief women endure when they lose a child.
We deride the lack of bold visions and confronting themes in world cinema today, yet a film like Antichrist comes along and there is a backlash against its artistry, complexity, ambition and ambiguity just because it contains moments that deeply shock.
Whatever your opinion of von Trier -- he's the enemy of polite cinema, at the very least -- there's no denying Antichrist is a fine horror film. The movie understands that genuine terror isn't the domain of ghouls and spectres; it resides in people.