Antibodies (2005)

A routine distress call brings the infamous Crucifix child killer into police custody, where he confesses to the murders of thirteen children and a policeman before shutting himself off completely. It is up to a rural policeman that discovered the murdered body of a young girl that was possibly linked to the Crucifix killer to extract the information from him, but in order to find out the truth he will have to enter the darkest recesses of the human soul and face his own personal demons. ANTIBODIES is a perverse psychological thriller that deconstructs the concepts of good and evil. Its interrogation sequences are intense and profoundly disturbing, focusing on The Crucifix's quivering lips and ecstatic expressions as he recalls the brutal rapes and murders of his young victims for his own arousal. Director Christian Alvart tastefully phases out the dialog of the scene just as it becomes unbearable, having already achieved a gut-wrenching reaction from the viewer. Andre Hennicke also delivers a bone-chilling performance as the child murdering Gabriel Engel, whose twisted games only serve to confuse and corrupt the idealistic Officer Martens. The exchanges between the two characters clearly reference Thomas Harris' Hannibal Lector series, but they do so effectively and with their own unique twists. ANTIBODIES combines its beautiful shooting locations, heightened tension, and deep characterizations to form a powerful and shocking murder mystery that deserves more attention than it has received in its International release.

Rating: 9/10.

If you liked ANTIBODIES, check out:
THE UGLY, MANHUNTER, SILENCE OF THE LAMBS.


3 comments:

  1. Terrific review. As you know, I'm a HUGE fan of this movie. I'd prefer it over Silence of the Lambs any day. Great performances, cinematography, and scripting.

    Glad you were able to get around to this one!

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  2. Great psychological thriller. Really underrated.

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  3. Imagine my excitement when Hollywood had it for $2 Becks! I was sure to pick it up after reading your guys' praise of the film, Im hoping it picks up steam as word gets out there.

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