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

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Jonas Åkerlund

Writers:

Dennis Magnusson (screenplay by), Jonas Åkerlund (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rory Culkin ... Euronymous
Emory Cohen ... Kristian 'Varg' Vikernes
Jack Kilmer ... Pelle 'Dead' Ohlin
Sky Ferreira ... Ann-Marit
Valter Skarsgård ... Bård Guldvik 'Faust' Eithun
Anthony De La Torre ... Jan Axel 'Hellhammer' Blomberg
Jonathan Barnwell ... Jørn 'Necrobutcher' Stubberud
Sam Coleman ... Jon 'Metalion' Kristiansen
Wilson Gonzalez ... Varg's Driver
Lucian Charles Collier ... Stian 'Occultus' Johannsen
Andrew Lavelle Andrew Lavelle ... Gylve 'Fenriz' Nagell
James Edwyn James Edwyn ... Kjetil 'Manheim'
Gustaf Hammarsten ... Finn Tender
Jon Øigarden ... Magne Andreassen
Arion Csihar Arion Csihar ... Attila Csihar
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Storyline

Oslo, 1987. 17-year-old Euronymous is determined to escape his traditional upbringing and becomes fixated on creating 'true Norwegian black metal' with his band Mayhem. He mounts shocking publicity stunts to put the band's name on the map, but the lines between show and reality start to blur. Arson, violence and a vicious murder shock the nation that is under siege by these Lords of Chaos. Written by British Counsil

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Based on Truth and Lies. See more »


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Rated R for strong brutal violence, disturbing behavior, grisly images, strong sexuality, nudity, and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

From 1983 to 1984, director Jonas Åkerlund was a rehearsal drummer for the Swedish metal band Bathory, which was one of the inspirations for the Norwegian Black Metal bands of the 1990's which are focused on in this movie. He stated in a 2018 interview that when Black Metal culture developed in the 90's and become "too serious", he left the music scene and moved on to film-making. See more »

Goofs

When Varg leaves the video store on 10 August 1993 with a copy of Die Hard 2, the video cases for several films that would not be released until several years later can be seen in the window, including The Bone Collector and Analyze That. See more »

Quotes

Euronymous: [Hellhammer and Necrobutcher meet up with Euronymous after Dead's suicide; Hellhammer is carrying an envelope with developed photos of Dead's corpse] Did you get them?
Jan Axel 'Hellhammer' Blomberg: I got them.
Euronymous: [Euronymous looks through the photos and picks one out] This is the one. This is gonna make us famous. Mayhem will be the band with the singer who blew his head off.
[smirks]
Euronymous: Hey, we should say I ate a piece of his brain, too.
Jan Axel 'Hellhammer' Blomberg: Yeah!
[Hellhammer laughs as Necrobutcher is disturbed by the conversation]
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Alternate Versions

The US theatrical and DVD releases were cut for an R rating, toning down the gory violence of Dead's suicide, Faust's stabbing and Euronymous' murder. The unrated 'directors cut' version is only available on Blu-ray in the US. It runs for 118 minutes instead of 116 as per the R-rated version. See more »

Connections

Features Dead Alive (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Varúð
Written by Orri P. Dyrason (as Orri Pall Dyrason), Kjartan Sveinsson, Jon Thor Birgisson, Georg Holm
Performed by Sigur Rós
Published by Universal - Songs of PolyGram International, Inc. on behalf of Universal Music Publishing Ltd
Courtesy of XL Recordings Ltd
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Bloody horrific!!
25 March 2019 | by kop_ladSee all my reviews

Some really disturbing scenes in this piece, based loosely on the tragedy. Not for the faint hearted, some good acting and very lifelike gore. Not a bad film by any means!


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Country:

UK | Sweden | Norway

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 February 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lords of Chaos See more »

Filming Locations:

Oslo, Norway See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,649, 10 February 2019

Gross USA:

$253,184

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$365,353
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