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Lords of Chaos

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United Kingdom, Sweden
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2018

Rated R · 1h 58m

Director Jonas Åkerlund
Starring Rory Culkin, Emory Cohen, Jack Kilmer, Sky Ferreira

Genre Drama, Music, Horror, Thriller

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A teenager's quest to launch Norwegian Black Metal in Oslo in the 1990s results in a very violent outcome.

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Variety by Amy Nicholson

Åkerlund’s music videos established him as a whiz-bang technician, a skill he only unleashes in two terrifying montages. Lords of Chaos proves that he can also get great performances out of a young cast, especially Kilmer’s otherworldly Dead.
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The Hollywood Reporter by Justin Lowe

As a depiction of the very public emergence of a marginal movement, Lords of Chaos provokes both awe and repulsion, but not necessarily admiration for a musical form and subculture unwaveringly devoted to literalism, no matter how extreme.
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The A.V. Club by Katie Rife

Åkerlund’s understanding is more like contempt, in a film that downplays the bigotry of the Norwegian black metal scene and shrugs off the severity of its actions with a “boys will be boys” approach that has no reverence for the scene, but doesn’t provide any insight into it, either.
70

Screen International by Nikki Baughan

Despite the film’s inherent shock value, Lords Of Chaos still manages to successfully mine the explosive psychology of adolescent angst - even if the horror movie aesthetics occasionally threatens to overwhelm proceedings.

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