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?


It has been questioned whether this film could be the third part in Lars von Trier's USA trilogy, which included Dogville (2003) and Manderlay (2005) but was never finished. Originally, Washington was announced as the trilogy's third installment, but as of 2019, it has not yet entered production. See more »


In the closing credits, "Miscellaneons Crew" can be seen. See more »


Jack: Are you allowed to speak along the way? I was thinking there might be rules.
Verge: Let me put it this way: very few make it all the way without uttering a word. But do carry on merrily. Just don't believe you're going to tell me something I haven't heard before.
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Alternate Versions

The director's cut was release in Europe and Canada with a duration of 155 mins. The US censored version is 150 min and are available in Canada and US VOD. See more »


Features Dogville (2003) See more »


The Four Seasons - Autumn (Violin Concerto in F Major Opus 8, No.3, RV 293)
(Antonio Vivaldi (as A. Vivaldi))
Performed by Takako Nishizaki, Capella Istropolitana and Stephen Gunzenhauser
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User Reviews

It had the potential to be the best serial killer movie of all time
23 September 2018 | by jamesswmediaSee all my reviews

Praise to the director for creating this piece of brilliant combination between killng, art, comedy and a fine grotesque film.

It goes beyond what many movies would dare to show when it comes to this type of genre.

A long movie but it captivated the attention of the movie goers as the room was fully quiet.

The end is what I did not fully understand and that is why I am not giving this film 10 stars. It is long, confusing and I don't see the deeper meaning that the director tried to deliver.

Highly recommended if you are willing to immerse in the brutal mind of a serial killer.

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English | German | Italian

Release Date:

17 October 2018 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The House That Jack Built See more »

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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