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Andrzej Zulawski's "Possession," of which I am a huge fan, is finally getting a Blu-ray release at the end of July this year, so I thought it would be fun to take the time to check out another of Zulawski's horror films "Diabel." The movie opens when an unnamed stranger (presumably the Devil) rescues a young soldier named Jakub from imprisonment. The Devil then sends Jakub out into the world to see how it has changed during the war, while Jakub was in prison.

For once, I'm at a loss of words. I'm no stranger to shocking horror films. I own a copy of "Cannibal Holocaust". I caught "Human Centipede: First Sequence" in theaters. I survived "Anti-Christ". But this film, "Begotten", makes those movies look like Pixar creations. Where "Cannibal Holocaust" occasionally throws a left hook at the viewer with graphic violence, “Begotten” delivers a non-stop barrage of uppercuts and pounding fists. Where “Human Centipede: First Sequence” cuts the shock with humor, “Begotten” has no chaser and offers no respite from the terrible images it contains.