House That Jack Built spoiler review

(In our Spoiler Reviews, we take a deep dive into a new release and get to the heart of what makes it tick…and every story point is up for discussion. In this entry: The House That Jack Built.)

It’s been five years since Lars Von Trier released Nymphomaniac, the bold and astonishing two-parter that figuratively put a period (or exclamation mark, if you rather) on the end of his filmography. Where does a provocateur like Von Trier go from there? What else is left to say? The answer is The House That Jack Built, a deranged, pitch-black comedy (yes, really) that explores the life of a narccisistic serial killer, played by Matt Dillon (again: yes, really).

As is typically the case with Von Trier, the story is far more thematically complex and layered than that short synopsis might suggest, and every bit as unsettling and occasionally brutal as you might expect. But is the director’s cut – which screened in theaters for one night only – as controversial as some have claimed?

Major spoilers to follow.

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house that jack built trailer

The director’s cut of Lars von Trier’s already controversial serial killer film The House That Jack Built is receiving a special one-night-only theatrical screening this month, before releasing an R-rated cut in December. Ahead of those releases, a new trailer has arrived, offering exactly the sort of footage you’d expect from a Lars von Trier serial killer movie. Watch the House That Jack Built trailer below.

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the house that jack built director's cut

Lars von Trier returned to Cannes this year after being banned from the festival for 7 years, and immediately infuriated everyone. The film von Trier brought with him, the serial killer drama The House That Jack Built, was derided as needlessly cruel, overly violent, and downright terrible. And now the general public will have a chance to see it! Not only that, but von Trier’s House that Jack Built director’s cut will head to theaters for one night only, before an R-rated cut rolls out a month later.

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the house that jack built trailer

Lars von Trier has never exactly been subtle. His characters often talk nakedly about their films’ themes, serving as mouthpieces for von Trier’s ruminations on various subjects. His metaphors are incredibly on the nose; this is a man who made a film about depression by having a literal planet loom overhead, ready to crush all in its way. Though his ideas are almost always interesting, his execution varies between rapturously artful and thuddingly obvious.

The House That Jack Built is all of those things and more – and also von Trier’s most self-indulgent movie to date.

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the house that jack built trailer

Lars von Trier has a new movie on the horizon, and if you’re familiar with his work, you probably won’t be surprised to learn that the movie looks predictably unhinged. The House That Jack Built is a new thriller from the Antichrist director, starring Matt Dillon as an artistic serial killer. Watch the new House That Jack Built trailer below.

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cannes 2018 lineup

The Cannes 2018 lineup is growing. A few days following the initial announcement comes word that Terry Gilliam‘s long-delayed The Man Who Killed Don QuixoteLars von Trier‘s The House That Jack Built and more are coming to the prestigious film festival.

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Lars von Trier Jack the Ripper Movie

Over the past decade, Matt Dillon has made plenty of movies that no one really cared about. Old Dogs, Armored, Takers, Pawn Shop Chronicles and The Art of the Steal have all featured Matt Dillon, and they’re all movies that you either forgot about or never knew existed to begin with. However, with a key role on the popular Fox series Wayward Pines, the career of Matt Dillon has had a bit of a resurgence, and now Lars von Trier will try to help that along.

Matt Dillon has been set to play London’s notorious notorious serial killer Jack the Ripper in The House That Jack Built, a film from Nymphomaniac and Antichrist director Lars von Trier following the murderer’s development over 12 years. Read More »

Lars von Trier

Lars von Trier has yet to announce his big-screen follow-up to his five-hour, two-part sex epic Nymphomaniac. In the meantime, though, he’s got something else cooking. As we reported last year, he’s working on a new TV series called The House That Jack Built.

At the time, we knew only that it was supposed to be “without precedent,” whatever that meant. Now some more concrete details have emerged on the story and structure. Get the latest on the Lars von Trier TV show after the jump.  Read More »

The Auteurs of Christmas: Christmas Morning, As Directed By 20 Famous Filmmakers

Last year, we published a fantastic video by Fourgrounds Media Inc. called The Auteurs of Christmas which reimagined the magic of Christmas morning through the eyes of 10 famous filmmakers.  They have returned with a sequel for 2014: The Auteurs of Christmas 2, which features Christmas morning as directed by 10 more filmmakers: Charlie Chaplin, Quentin Tarantino, Terrance Malick, Alfred Hitchcock, Christopher Nolan, Jean-Luc Godard, Morgan Spurlock, David Lynch, M Night Shyamalan, Michael Bay. Watch both videos embedded after the jump.

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Nymphomaniac uncut release

We saw the two theatrical releases of Nymphomaniac Vol. 1 and 2 earlier this year from Lars von Trier, and you can watch them on Netflix now, too. But the “hardcore” and extended director’s cut of the full assembly is still to come, and now we’ve got an October date for the full five and a half hour version. The director’s cut will release day and date in theaters and on VOD in a number of different countries including the US. Read More »