Lords of Chaos – USA, 2018

‘Based on Truth and Lies’

Lords of Chaos is a 2018 British-Swedish horror feature film drama directed by Jonas Åkerlund from a screenplay co-written with Dennis Magnusson, based on the book of the same name by Michael Moynihan and Didrik Søderlind. Rory Culkin, Emory Cohen, Jack Kilmer and Sky Ferreira star.

While Lords of Chaos is currently available on VOD, a limited edition ‘uncensored director’s cut’ version will be released on a Blu-ray + DVD combo on May 28, 2019 via Unobstructed View.

Plot:

A teenager’s quest to launch Norwegian Black Metal in Oslo in the early 1990’s results in a very violent outcome…

Reviews:

” …in terms of creating an explosively unforgettable narrative brimming with a sense of bedlam and anarchy, director Jonas Åkerlund has done a helluva job with Lords of Chaos, which feels a bit more like a horror movie about the destructive patterns of youth than it does a straight-up biopic…” Heather Wixson, Daily Dead

“This is the Petri dish of fascism, even if fascism as such didn’t grow there: a poisonous ecosystem of fanaticism. The violence was for me almost unwatchable, but it’s a well-made and worryingly plausible film.” Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

” …Åkerlund executes a somewhat remarkable feat in that the audience finds itself sympathizing with the characters despite all of the arson and bloodshed. As with Scorsese’s Goodfellas, we find ourselves rooting for some rather despicable figures […] this pic will please metal fans and outsiders alike.” Noel Lawrence, Screen Anarchy

“The film is effectively directed (by Jonas Åkerlund), shot and edited with an underlying sense of immense dread and quiet suspense that is like a hammer to the heart (and stomach). It’s an astonishingly well made project with wildly interesting (if unabashedly gruesome) subject matter that’s unforgettable because it’s so disturbing.” Louisa Moore, Screen Zealouts

“If you’re looking for a movie with a sympathetic protagonist, you’re not going to find it here. However, it still made for an extremely gripping film that sticks in my mind long after it is over, and Culkin and Cohen’s performances are both chilling and memorable. Ali Shimkus, Slug magazine

Cast and characters:

  • Rory Culkin … Euronymous – Intruders; Jack Goes Home; Welcome to Willits; Scream 4; The Zodiac
  • Emory Cohen … Varg
  • Jack Kilmer … Dead
  • Sky Ferreira … Ann-Marit
  • Anthony De La Torre … Hellhammer
  • Valter Skarsgård … Faust
  • Sam Coleman … Metalion
  • Jonathan Barnwell … Necrobutcher
  • Wilson Gonzalez … Blackthorn
  • Lucian Charles Collier … Occultus

Filming locations:

Oslo, Norway

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