Begotten, which has been both praised for its artistic originality and condemned as a "metaphysical splatter film" for its gruesomely chilling images, has taken its place as one of the nightmare cult classics of the 90s. Told without dialogue, Begotten opens in an unknown land during an unknown time, where a lonely god disembowels himself with a razor. A new spirit, a goddess full of energy and mystery, arises from the inert remains of the self-immolated god and dances through the woods. Soon the goddess gives birth to a quivering man-child, who is initally revered by a tribe of mysterious hooded figures. But when the goddess and her offspring attempt to leave, the tribe turns on them, ravaging their bodies until they are sliced into gruesome pieces. The remains of the slain are buried and flowers miraculously emerge over their graves.