New French Extremity

Indie Body Horror Is Here

by Jason Cook

12 August 2010

 

Barreled forth on the backs of de Sade, Courbet, Bataille, and others, New French Extremity is a transgressive movement within all of the French arts but bloomed perhaps most colorfully by this century’s newest fork of body-horror films: It’s a not revival and for the most part, even if you’re not interested in seeing Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg having their genitals mutilated [See 2009’s Antichrist], it’s horrible fun.

For more, check out Trouble Every Day (2001);  Haute Tension (2003); and Frontière(s) (2007);.

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