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
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 »
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 »
Some will like this for what it is, a well done biopic, but one things for sure - the whole Norwegian Black Metal scene will hate this movie, or at least all the true necro grim Black Metal elitists. Having read the book this movie is based on before there was even talk about a movie, I am happy to see it didn't disappoint. I expected no masterpiece that would be lauded as the best musical biopic of the year, but I'm glad it turned out better than expected.
This is not a movie for Metal heads only. If you like controversial figures and want to know about the history of Mayhem and what happened a long time ago to a bunch of kids as well as hear a decent soundtrack, go for it. The actors did a well enough job and it stayed almost entirely true to the book by the same title. If you can't bother to read it, watch it. And, Varg was portrayed probably better than he deserved, but so did everyone. Light a few black candles and let the mayhem begin!
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