Lords Of Chaos (2018) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)

Lords Of Chaos (2018) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)

Lords Of Chaos (2018) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)

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Lords Of Chaos (2018) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Jonas Akerlund
STARRING: Rory Culkin, Emory Cohen, Jack Kilmer

“The story of True Norwegian Black Metal and its most notorious practitioners: a group of young men with a flair for publicity, church-burning and murder: MAYHEM. Oslo, 1987. Seventeen-year-old Euronymous is determined to escape his idyllic Scandinavian hometown and create “true Norwegian black metal” with his band, MAYHEM. He’s joined by equally fanatical youths – Dead and Varg. Believing that they’re on the cusp of a musical revolution, the group gets even darker, driven by the black metal dogma to spread evil. They begin burning down churches throughout the countryside and stealing tombstones for their record store. But when the press catches up with them and Euronymous takes more credit than he’s earned for the group’s violent acts, Varg, fresh out of jail, arranges a dark encounter to settle the score and ultimately determine who the darkest black metal musician is.”

On the surface, it might be hard to tell which parts of Lords of Chaos are really true and which is false. The movie openly states that it is based on the truth and the lies, so it leaves a lot of things up for your own interpretation. That being said and taken at a face value, the movie does deliver in about every way you could want it to. Dealing with the story of the band Mayhem leaves in an opportunity to even take this off into the area of what you might even consider a horror film. It does do this a few times and we actually have just as much death and blood as we do anything else. One fault I’ve heard people bring up when talking about this movie is how it sort of comes across like a redemption story for the band’s leader Euronymous. The movie also clearly points to former band member Varg as a clear cut bad guy. All of these things may or may not be how things really were, but just from a movie point of view it makes for a very interesting watch and it does build up the tension even if you are aware with how it all will turn out.

Just as much as about music or even more so this is a movie that deals with death, murder, and Church burning. There’s a lot of weird stuff that went down in the history of this band and all of that is here on display. From an actors side of things, you have a very good young cast that brings these people to life on the screen very well. Rory Culkin stands out in this and given he’s in the role of Euronymous it helps carry this film for what it seems to be going for. Sky Ferreira does very well with her character as well even if the real-life Varg as argued that her character never existed and was just added into the movie to help with the portrayal of Euronymous. Regardless, if you are a fan of black metal or not this is a movie that tells a very dark tale about a very interesting band. I think it is easily one of the year’s best and if it makes a year-end horror list, I think it has enough blood and dark stuff going on in it that not many people will even want to debate its place.


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