I love a good poster about as much as I love a good death metal tune. And so it pleases me that today we can pass along the poster for director Jonas Akerlund's Lords of Chaos starring Rory Culkin, Emory Cohen, Sky Ferreira, Jack Kilmer, and Valter Skarsgard. For those of you that might not be aware of the film or its killer backstory, Lords of Chaos is based on the 1998 non-fiction book of the same name by Michael Moynihan and Didrik Soderlind, which follows a series of crimes that occurred in Oslo, Norway in the early 1990s surrounding the black metal bands Mayhem and Burzum.
The film premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and has been snagging up awesome reviews and killer word-of-mouth ever since. In fact, the movie currently holds a 91% fresh rating over on Rotten Tomatoes. The site doesn't currently have a Critics Consensus but the score of 91% (10 fresh, 1 rotten) should be more than enough to let you guys know that for fans of the backstory and the book on which it's based Lords of Chaos will not disappoint.
The film follows, 'a teenager's quest to launch Norwegian Black Metal in Oslo in the 1980s, which results in a very violent outcome. Lords of Chaos tells the true 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'.
As a metal fan, I've been interested in this story since I was in high school (and possibly middle school). I watched Aaron Aites and Audrey Ewell's documentary Until the Light Takes Us back in 2008 and remember thinking, 'Someone should make a movie about this!' Good to know, ten years later, someone finally took the reins of the story and will be bringing it our way in February. And if all this praise and the kick-ass poster weren't enough to get you as interested in the film as we are, then maybe you should take a look at the rundown of the cast below.
The movie stars Rory Culkin (Scream 4) as Euronymous, Emory Cohen (The Place Beyond the Pines) as Varg, Anthony De La Torre (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) as Hellhammer, Sky Ferreira (The Green Inferno) as Ann-Marit, Jack Kilmer (Val Kilmer's son) as Dead, and Valter Skarsgard (Stellan Skarsgard's son and Pennywise's brother) as Faust. That killer cast is joined by Sam Coleman as Metalion, Jonathan Barnwell as Necrobutcher, Wilson Gonzalez Ochsenknecht as Blackthorn, Lucian Charles Collier as Occultus, Andrew Lavelle as Fenriz, and James Edwin as Manheim.
Lords of Chaos is directed by former Bathory's drummer Jonas Akerlund from a screenplay he co-wrote along with Dennis Magnusson based on the book of the same name by Michael Moynihan and Didrik Soderlind. VICE, 20th Century Fox, Scott Free Productions and Insurgent Media are the studios behind the film, and Kwesi Dickson, Danny Gabai, Jim Czarnecki, Erik Gordon, Jack Arbuthnott, and Ko Mori produced.
Lords of Chaos will be opening in theaters via Gunpowder and Sky February 8th and On Demand February 22nd. This story was provided via press release.