The crazy-but-true story of the Norwegian black metal band Mayhem takes center stage in Jonas Åkerlund‘s brutal drama Lords of Chaos. From humble beginnings to arson and murder, Lords of Chaos paints a not-very-pretty picture of the infamous black metal scene of the 1980s and 1990s. Rory Culkin stars as Øystein Aarseth, aka Euronymous, one of the founders of the Norwegian black metal scene. Watch the Lords of Chaos trailer below.
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(Welcome to The Fantastic Fest Diaries, where we will be chronicling every single movie we see at the United States’ largest genre film festival.)
Welcome to Fantastic Fest, day eight. In this final diary entry: Terry Gilliam’s latest film finally arrives, a grisly true crime story set in the world of Norwegian black metal, and the long-awaited new film from the director of The Cabin in the Woods.
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Lords of Chaos is your classic “young friends become enemies” tale, but with a few shocking twists. For one, the friends in question were in bands that helped define a metal subgenre that is now an established cornerstone of the metal scene. They were also linked to a rash of arson cases — specifically, the burning of churches in Norway. Hanging over it all is murder.
That’s all part of the story of Varg Vikerns, of the one-man band Burzum, and Øystein Aarseth, a.k.a. Euronymous (above right), of the band Mayhem. Their story is chronicled in the book Lords of Chaos. A Lords of Chaos movie has been in development for years, and now Jonas Åkerlund is going to direct it, with Rory Culkin and Caleb Landry Jones in the lead roles. Read More »