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Lords of Chaos (2018)

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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

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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$253,184, 24 March 2019
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Trivia

Varg Vikernes has claimed that he was portrayed as a "power-hungry lunatic" in this movie, and that this is a deliberate misrepresentation based in part on the cultural misunderstanding of his passion for role-playing games in the 90's. Taking on fantastical personal titles and playing war-games with fictional factions on world atlases has become a normal part of culture now, but was noted as a suspicious form of power-fantasy by police investigators in the 1990's. See more »

Goofs

When Euronymous is introducing Manheim as the drummer in the rehearsal space, Manheim is sitting behind a 5 piece, single bass, blue drum kit. When they being playing, he's sitting behind a 9 piece, double bass, blue and white drum kit. See more »

Quotes

Kristian 'Varg' Vikernes: I thought you were true Norwegian black metal.
Euronymous: I invented it.
Kristian 'Varg' Vikernes: And now you betray it!
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Alternate Versions

An unrated 'directors cut' version is being released on Blu-ray in the US. It runs for 118 minutes instead of 116 as per the R-rated version. See more »


Soundtracks

All Alright
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 Publ. Ltd
Courtesy of XL Recordings Ltd
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Engaging, but people will hate it
23 February 2019 | by nicksbrittinSee all my reviews

I'm not sure how a person who isn't a fan of black metal would react to the film, but I enjoyed it. It's funny at times, and as a former elitist teenager who wouldn't associate with "posers," I can verify that the jerky attitude displayed by the characters is probably accurate. It gets better as it progresses, and by the end of the film, there are some very interesting discussions on art and philosophy. People will hate it, however, because most metal fans fancy themselves experts on the scene, and they'll be too cool to admit that it's actually a good movie.


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