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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

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 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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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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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 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

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

Outbreak of Evil
Written by Josef Dominik, Christian Dudak, Thomas Such
Performed by Sodom
Published by Bicycle Music
Courtesy of SPY
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No Citizen Kane, But Quite Accurate
24 February 2019 | by boris_unanimateSee all my reviews

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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