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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.

Director:

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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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 | Norway

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 February 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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1.85 : 1
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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 »

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References Halloween (1978) See more »

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La Det Swinge
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Published by HK Prod AS
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Worth the Watch
25 February 2019 | by squareshellsSee all my reviews

I'm a fan of Jonas Akerlund, so maybe I'm biased. I will say the movie was uneven. The book this movie is based on is one hell of a story and I think, sure, it could have been pulled off in a tighter, more hollywood-style film. But Akerlund has a specific style and he sticks to it and I think it's cool.

Rory Culkin does an okay job with a great role. I don't want to hate on anybody's acting here, because all around it was okay. But someone else could have really shined in the lead role. The real stand-out actor in this film for me was Jack Kilmer, who plays one of the smaller roles, unfortunately.

I enjoyed the movie overall. It's a nice violent movie about dumb kids who like metal and live in Norway in the 90's who do incredibly dumb things.


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