Rent Lords of Chaos (2018)

3.1 of 5 from 142 ratings
1h 56min
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Seventeen-year-old Euronymous (Rory Culkin) longs to escape his idyllic middle-class life. Enlisting a clique of fanatical youths - Necrobutcher, Hellhammer and Dead (Jack Kilmer) - he forms the most evil band in the world...Mayhem. The band soon achieves notoriety for their extreme live shows and the morbid cult that surrounds them, but the dark world Euronymous has created degenerates into a mire of murder and arson when an arch-rivalry with Varg (Emory Cohen), of the band Burzum, spirals out of control.
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Jack Arbuthnott, Jim Czarnecki, Kwesi Dickson, Danny Gabai, Erik Gordon, Ko Mori
Dennis Magnusson, Jonas Åkerlund, Michael Moynihan, Didrik Søderlind
Drama, Horror, Music & Musicals, Thrillers
Release Date:
Not released
Run Time:
116 minutes
Release Date:
Run Time:
118 minutes
English Dolby Digital 2.0, English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
English Hard of Hearing
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
BLU-RAY Regions:
  • 'Blood Fire Death', a new interview with writer-director Jonas Akerlund
  • 'From the Dark Past', a new interview with the journalist and author Jason Arnopp, who plays himself in the film
  • 'Son of Satan', an interview with Arion Csihar, who plays his father Attila Csihar in the film
  • 'A Dangerous Meeting', an interview with Sam Coleman, who plays Metalion in the film
  • 'Carnage', an interview with special effects artist Daniel Martin
  • On-stage introduction to the film by Thurston Moore filmed at the Rio Cinema, London, 2018
  • Outtakes
  • Image Gallery
  • Original Trailer and Teasers

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Reviews (2) of Lords of Chaos

A lot, lot better than you'd think it would be..... - Lords of Chaos review by CR

Spoiler Alert

After watching 'Lords of Chaos' (which I very much liked) , the one phrase that kept popping up in my head was 'the very epitome of toxic masculinity'.

Being a heavy metal fan and remembering the bizarre set of events, I can honestly say that Jonas Akerlund has done a really brilliant job of telling the story of what happened but leaving your in no mind the actions of these 'musicians' to each other and to others, were the actions of extremely childish yet extremely dangerous minds. The very notion of young, naive, extremely impressionable male mentality is played out in this film to devastating effect. When young men aren't capable of expressing or being able to express sometimes complex emotional thoughts, those thing scan be turned around and twisted in corruptible ways. The non-inclusion of parental figures in the film (you only hear their voices off screen) is very telling.  As a viewer you're never left feeling anything but revulsion or sadness and when the violence happens, its extremely difficult to watch, as well it should be.

Some may bypass this film as it may have the appearance of stupidity, but its view of 'gang culture' is laid very bare for all to see

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Very Violent Death Metal Drama Set in Norway - Lords of Chaos review by PV

Spoiler Alert

I had heard of various murders in the Scandinavian death metal scene in the 1990s and this is a drama based on a true story of one such band called Mayhem.

This is a well-made band biopic with added extreme violence - the viewer is not spared anything, and the camera lingers on it actually. The actors nail it too - I was impressed by them all.

But then, violence and murders and suicides happened. Based on a book about what happened, this film has been called 'truth and lies' - like all biopics then! Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocket Man were hardly documentaries either and twisted the truth for dramatic effect.

The script is witty and funny at times which shows just how pathetic these young people were. An interview with a journalist here nails it.

A quick search on Wiki reveals the fate of the real-life characters. One released from prison after 9 years for a murder; another still there but due to be out soon as 21 years is the maximum allowed in Norway.

To be honest, this movie is great in exploding the perfect Scandi myth promoted by so much TV detective drama - life for people in these places is very conformist and collective, which arguably stifles individuality. Norway is also hideously expensive (£10 a pint I heard) and of course left the EU too - in order to protect its oil reserves from greedy Brussels Eurocrats.

4 stars.

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