The story follows Jack, a highly intelligent serial killer, over the course of twelve years, and depicts the murders that really develop his inner madman.


Lars von Trier


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Dillon ... Jack
Bruno Ganz ... Verge
Uma Thurman ... Lady 1
Siobhan Fallon Hogan ... Lady 2
Sofie Gråbøl ... Lady 3
Riley Keough ... Simple
Jeremy Davies ... Al
Jack McKenzie ... Sonny
Mathias Hjelm Mathias Hjelm ... Glenn
Ed Speleers ... Ed - Police Officer 2 (as Edward Spleers)
Emil Tholstrup Emil Tholstrup ... Young Jack
Marijana Jankovic ... Female Student
Carina Skenhede Carina Skenhede ... Little Old Lady
Rocco Day ... Grumpy
Cohen Day ... George


USA in the 1970s. We follow the highly intelligent Jack over a span of 12 years and are introduced to the murders that define Jack's development as a serial killer. We experience the story from Jack's point of view, while he postulates each murder is an artwork in itself. As the inevitable police intervention is drawing nearer, he is taking greater and greater risks in his attempt to create the ultimate artwork. Along the way we experience Jack's descriptions of his personal condition, problems and thoughts through a recurring conversation with the unknown Verge - a grotesque mixture of sophistry mixed with an almost childlike self-pity and psychopathic explanations. The House That Jack Built is a dark and sinister story, yet presented through a philosophical and occasional humorous tale. Written by Zentropa Entertainments

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong disturbing violence/sadistic behavior, grisly images, language, and nudity. | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


The Second Incident is similar to Ray Bradbury's short story "The Fruit at the Bottom of the Bowl" (1948) in which the murderer is obsessed with erasing every fingerprint at the scene of the crime. See more »


When Jack cut's off the leg of the baby duck, you can see it's real leg, bent in his palm. See more »


Jack: [to Simple] If you feel like screaming, I definitely think that you should.
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Alternate Versions

An R-rated version exists alongside the unrated 'director's cut'. The UK/Irish release is of the unrated version, as confirmed by the press invitation. See more »


Features Wolf! Wolf! (1944) See more »


Hit The Road Jack
Composed by Percy Mayfield
Arranged by Charles Giordano (as Charlie Giordano)
Performed by David Johansen (uncredited)
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We are born wet, naked and hungry. Then things could get worse...if you happen to meet up with Jack
5 September 2018 | by Ed-ShullivanSee all my reviews

Matt Dillon should not have any difficulty in scaring the beejeebies out of his audience by getting under your skin, literally and figuratively. At a recorded (longer than most feature films) run time of 155 minutes, don't be surprised if a few of your fellow movie goers abruptly leave the screening before Jack's series of mutilations and serial murders ends. As a suspense film that runs for over 2 1/2 hours, it is obviously hard for the novice fan of any serial killer themed film to hang in there without heaving up their popcorn, or dampening their seat with a puddle in their pants.

Danish born Writer/Director Lars von Trier is no slouch when it comes to captivating an audience's attention. He has been engaged in film making for close to 40 years now and with a combination of mastering his dreamlike visual effects and maintaining his key subjects persona with abnormal behaviors (as is the case with our serial killer Jack) that intrigue his audience to wonder "what's to come next?"

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Release Date:

17 October 2018 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Copenhagen, Denmark See more »


Box Office


EUR8,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,273, 16 December 2018

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Dolby Digital


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