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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

Credited cast:
Rory Culkin ... Euronymous
Emory Cohen ... Varg
Jack Kilmer ... Dead
Jon Øigarden ... Magne
Anthony De La Torre ... Hellhammer
Sky Ferreira ... Ann-Marit
Valter Skarsgård ... Faust
Wilson Gonzalez ... Blackthorn
Sam Coleman ... Metalion
Gustaf Hammarsten ... Finn
Jonathan Barnwell ... Necrobutcher
Lucian Charles Collier ... Occultus
Andrew Lavelle Andrew Lavelle ... Fenriz
Antonio Mancino ... Italian Newscaster
James Edwyn ... Manheim
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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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Rated R for strong brutal violence, disturbing behavior, grisly images, strong sexuality, nudity, and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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UK | Sweden

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 March 2019 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Oslo, Norway See more »

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From 1983 to 1984, director Jonas Åkerlund was a drummer for the Swedish metal band Bathory, which inspired some of 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 »

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28 November 2018 | by autisticreviewersSee all my reviews

Without knowing what to expect and what it would be about, Lords of Chaos is not only a solid piece of film but an engaging, darkly comical but at times a tense drama film based on actual true events that took place within the uprising of Norwegian metal music in the late 80's and early 90's, revolving around bands Mayhem and Burzem.

With having said that, the rest is really best to be seen unfolded in front of your eyes to leave an amazing impression as it had on us. The script and pace work is great, there's never a dull moment despite a few sequences that can be confronting for its subject matter (including suicide, murder and religious retaliations. The acting range is great with no signs showing of mis-casting, the performance of Rory Culkin and Emory Cohen together is great but really tense in it's third act, whilst it's director Jonas Åkerlund helms with his past experiences in being in a metal music group. Surprisingly, the film carriers a lot of darkly toned humour and brutal moments of violent crimes for a drama film, being based on the biographical book of the same name.

Lords of Chaos is really an unexpected surprise of a film, only not long ago we saw the impressive Bohemian Rhapsody but this film (which is most likely to get a bigger release next year) takes it higher with its true story behind it, the age of metal music and the brutal events that took place.

4.5/5 Written by Nick.


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