The Antichrist (1974)





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Don Massimo (Mel Ferrer) is a nobleman of ancient lineage. For some time he has been having an affair with the lovely Gretel (Anita Strindberg), and his crippled daughter Ippolita (Carla Gravina) is not only aware of the relationship, but disapproves of it in ways which lead him to call for the services of a psychiatrist. The psychiatrist discovers that Ippolita is acting out a family curse from her ancestress, a noblewoman who was burned at the stake as a witch. At this point, the powers of the Church are called on, and the Bishop (Arthur Kennedy) is required to decide how Father Mittner (George Coulouris) and he will conduct an exorcism.
Art House & International , Classics , Drama , Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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AVCO Embassy Pictures


Carla Gravina
as Ippolita Oderisi
Mel Ferrer
as Massimo Oderisi
Arthur Kennedy
as Bishop Ascanio Oderisi
Alida Valli
as Irene
George Coulouris
as Father Mittner
Mario Scaccia
as Faith Healer
Umberto Orsini
as Dr. Marcello Sinibaldi
Remo Girone
as Felippo Oderisi
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Critic Reviews for The Antichrist

All Critics (4)

Now von Trier's trying his hand at the horror porn genre without abandoning the genital close-ups, making Antichrist a sort of horror porn squared.

Full Review… | October 30, 2009

O único elemento que merece elogios, nesta cópia patética de O Exorcista, é a bela Carla Gravina; o resto deve ser exorcizado de nossas memórias.

February 9, 2005
Cinema em Cena

It involves Satan, a possessed woman's tongue and a billy goat's butthole. Again, the distinction between scary and unpleasant becomes revoltingly clear.

Full Review… | October 18, 2002

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October 7, 2005

Audience Reviews for The Antichrist

The goat, and I'm not talking about this being regarded as the greatest-of-all-time. No, I'm talking about the goat.

Wesley Jacobson
Wesley Jacobson

An enjoyable but dated and cheesy Italian "Exorcist" rip-off. It doesn't have the exact same story as The Exorcist but it borrows heavily from it but without managing to be as scary or chilling and a lot of its attempts to be so end up being quite funny, particularly the obscene language. The effects haven't aged well, especially the optical effects, but there's effort been put into it and for its day it isn't a bad film considering its budget. It's well shot, has a good central performance and an effectively moody and atmospheric score. The film starts off slow but gets better as it goes along. Not that effective as a serious horror movie anymore though.

Lee ?
Lee ?

Super Reviewer


Truly phenomenal demonic possession film. While many films pale in comparison to The Exorcist, The Antichrist takes from that film and makes itself into something else entirely. Blasphemous images, copulation with the devil, demonic orgies including goats, and foul-mouthed Satanic diatribes are only a few of the highlights. The film is stylishly directing, and the orgy scenes contains some of the most haunting, diabolic images ever put on film.

Al Miller
Al Miller

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