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Plot: 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. Runtime: 118 min Release Date: 08 Feb 2019
Caught this film at Scary Movies XI Fest in NYC. Rory Culkin & Emory Cohen are amazing in the film. I'd never seen Rory in such a central role and he really carried the movie. The director really humanized these people and gave you an understanding as to how things could get out of control. It's so strange that people rated it 5.3 on IMDB. Hopefully that will change when it is released. The violence is intense & graphic but there are so many moments of humor in the movie that help balance it out. I highly recommend it.
Better Than I expected Black Metal Fan (by bavillar)
We all know the story, and now it was put on film. It made Oystein a very likable if not fake persona, the film is brutally honest about how Varg thought Euronymous was fake and only wanted attention, while in the same breath Varg went to the media seeking the attention. The casting for Varg was questionable at first but I thought Cohen brought a good perspective on the narcissism of Varg after watching it twice now. It made all of this seem very possible and realistic which was admirable on Jonas's part. Everyone was called out, no one was spared. The violence is gruesome and the most <more>
realistic I've seen in a while. It was funny, violent and had a sex scene, it's got alot of layers to it that BM fans would consider "gay" and pointless, but then again as the director says "If black metal fans are against everything why would they be for this film?" Touche.
This movie was so intense. The reality of it all made it scarier than any horror movie. The pitch black humour was always perfectly timed and it blended all of themes nicely. Although the graphic violence is hard to watch at times.Rory Caulkin was awesome in the movie too!!If you like movies like green room, then see this 🤘🤘
Autistic Reviewers opinion on this movie. (by autisticreviewers)
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 <more>
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.
I am not a black metal fan. I had no idea of the full storyline and was amazed at how much I remembered reading in heavy metal magazines.The acting is outstanding and very believable in an unbelievable situation. It's a beautiful looking film about a truly horrific and ugly turn of events.I will definitely be watching this again, hopefully at the cinema or when I buy it day one.
Great representation of the story. (by thekissinggirls)
I would never condone or idolise the behaviour of the real life characters in this film but as a story this has to be the darkest band story ever. Having seen the documentary a few years ago about this scene, I was completely fascinated. I think this film is a pretty good portrayal of what happened and I thoroughly enjoyed it! Sure some of the characters aren't hiding their Stateside accents but it didn't detract from the film at all.
Tongue-in-Cheek Look at the Personalities Behind the Birth of Black Metal (by putrescent_stench)
I'm a huge metalhead, and though I enjoy all kinds of metal-traditional, death, doom, industrial, progressive, stoner, thrash, even a few glam and nu metal bands here and there, I've always struggled with black metal. The music often eschews melody for dissonance, structured around repeated chords that, depending on the speed, create an atmosphere of plodding doom or frenetic chaos. Production tends toward lo-fi, either intentionally or as the product of financial limitations. And then there's the earnestness in the lyrics and imagery, taken so seriously by musicians and fans <more>
alike, with an elitist mentality that at times veers into the murky waters of nationalism, fascism, white supremacy, and eugenics. Still, I've always been fascinated by the history of black metal.While Lords of Chaos the film, unlike the book it is ostensibly based on, is not about the birth of black metal as a musical subgenre and aesthetic/philosophical movement if you really want to call it that , it does provide a close look at the personalities behind that pained emergence. I can see this making the stories of the figures in Norway's "Black Circle" more accessible to a non-metal audience unfamiliar with black metal or the crimes committed by its founders. And while metalheads, especially black metal elitists--purveyors of the trve and kvelt--have complained that the film is inaccurate, doesn't focus enough on the music, or sensationalizes the events depicted, these criticisms do not hold. As for accuracy, this film is a dramatization, not a documentary, though as far as I know, in general it doesn't depict anything that contradicts what is known from news reports and interviews. Some of the details may be invented or exaggerated for effect, but that's to be expected. And as far as the conflict between Euronymous and Varg goes-the central crux of the film-there have been contradictory statements made by Varg and others involved in the early Norwegian black metal scene, so that it's impossible to know what "really" happened between them.As for not focusing enough on the music, I will admit this was a bit of a disappointment for me, as the aesthetics of black metal are very important to understanding the actions of those early black metallers. There's enough to give those unfamiliar with black metal a taste of its sound-with inclusion of Mayhem's iconic "Freezing Moon," perhaps one of the greatest and well-known black metal songs of all-time. But they rarely talk about music. There's a hilarious conversation about the progenitors of black metal, British speed metal band Venom in paraphrase : Varg scornfully sneers: "Despite all their Satanic lyrics, with Venom, they said it was all just part of their image. They didn't really believe in it." Euronymous answers: "Saying it's all part of their image is...just part of their image." Since the movie is more about the people behind the music than the music itself, I suppose going into further depth was unnecessary, so I don't think the film deserves to be taken to task for not doing something it never set out to do. Still, would I have appreciated a little more music? Sure.As for sensationalizing events, the actions of the Black Circle included suicide, church burnings, and brutal murders. So they're already inherently pretty dramatic. Now, if these things were done by people not directly responsible for two of the most foundational black metal bands of the early 90s-Mayhem and Burzum Varg's solo one-man project , or if it made these actions seem the product of truly evil, otherworldly villains who actually were trying to unleash Satan on Earth, then that would be sensationalizing the events. But the film takes a more humanizing and subtly satirical approach, showing Varg eating toast, Euronymous getting flowers from their parents, and-gasp-even showing shreds of feeling for people. Perhaps this is what bothers black metallers: rather than shown as incarnations of evil, Dead, Varg, Euronymous, Faust, and others are shown as rebellious, vain, insecure, spoiled, and sometimes naïve teenagers trying to provoke the most extreme reactions possible by claiming all the things seen as taboo as their own. In Norway, one of the most prosperous countries on the planet, with socialized health care and cushy prisons just watch videos of Varg in prison; it looks much nicer than what a lot of people outside of prison have in the U.S. , they got bored and needed something to make them feel alive.The actors all do fine jobs of conveying all that and what I would imagine the various figures to be like. Dead, Mayhem's original singer, as a quiet, morbid, tortured soul; Euronymous, Mayhem's guitarist, a pompous but savvy propagator of the black metal aesthetic, who maybe was in it more for the thrill than actual belief; and Varg, who transforms from a meek and shy admirer of Mayhem to band bassist and competitive sociopath desperate to prove his commitment to a mysteriously sinister "cause." The real Varg isn't happy with how he is portrayed as "power mad" in the film. You killed someone, dude, and I don't buy the whole self-defense shtick. For anyone who is curious, watch a few of his videos on YouTube or read a few pages of any of his weird pagan-neo-fascist screeds. Actually, just take my word for it: portraying him as a power-hungry sociopath is pretty much accurate.I don't know if I've done a good job of describing the actual film. Let me try to sum up by saying it's partly tongue-in-cheek, partly raw and unflinching portrayal of a small group of Norwegians creating a new subgenre and anti-establishment aesthetic. Despite the touches of humor that show the Black Circle as pretty much similar to glam rockers thriving on beer, sex, juvenile delinquency, and loud music , it takes the church burnings and deaths seriously. We see Varg and Euronymous setting a few churches ablaze in the northern sky, and you get a sense of both the communal loss their destruction engendered, as well as the perverse thrill of taking down such hefty religious and national symbols of pride.Dead's suicide comes with a sense of sad banality-he was in one of the most influential metal bands of all-time, his parents seemed to love him, yet depression had such a grip on him that death appealed to him more than life.Faust's murder of an older gay man is depicted as an impulsive, senseless, brutal act.And the final confrontation between Varg and Euryonomous is realistic and painfully drawn out-after all, Vikernes stabbed Aarseth 23 times. If there's one distortion, it's probably in making Euronymous look more sympathetic than he actually was. The film even uses a voiceover from him throughout, as if the audience needed a heroic anchor to keep from being disgusted by everything and everyone involved. If you're interested in the "truth," there's plenty of resources out there, including the book Lords of Chaos, though that's been criticized for inaccuracies as well. Black metal isn't pretty, but it is fascinating, and this film has helped along my growing appreciation of it. Excuse me while I go listen to my Darkthrone records.
Engaging, but people will hate it (by nicksbrittin)
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.
Count me in (by sheabrendan)
Once again the critics have this wrong. Held my attention for 2 hrs which is more than most movies do now. Seems like the black metal purists hate it. Who cares! They also hate deafheaven. Enough said.