Lords of Chaos

Out Now On-Demand

Based on truth & lies.

Horrific true story from Swedish filmmaker Jonas Åkerlund (Spun) that recounts the grisly beginning of the Norwegian black metal movement. Stars Rory Culkin, Emory Cohen, Jack Kilmer and Sky Ferreira.

"Based on an astonishingly true story, Lords of Chaos recounts the exploits of the Norwegian black metal movement’s most notorious band: Mayhem. Its founder, Øystein Aarseth, better known as Euronymous, was one of the originators of the annihilating metal guitar sound that burst onto the scene in the early ’90s. After the gruesome suicide of vocalist Per Yngve Ohlin, who performed under the pseudonym “Dead,” Euronymous used the opportunity to inject a mix of satanism, havoc, and murder into the music to sell more records. Bassist Varg Vikernes began to take Euronymous’s headline-grabbing talk too seriously and went on a spree of church burnings, forming a deadly rivalry between the two bandmates that culminated in an infamous and bloody end." (Sundance Film Festival)


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Horror, Music, Thriller, True Story & Biography


Rating: R18 Graphic suicide, bloody violence & sex scenes

Sweden, UK

Hollywood Reporter


Lords of Chaos provokes both awe and repulsion, but not necessarily admiration for a musical form and subculture unwaveringly devoted to literalism, no matter how extreme.

Screen International


Despite the film's inherent shock value, Lords Of Chaos still manages to successfully mine the explosive psychology of adolescent angst - even if the horror movie aesthetics occasionally threatens to overwhelm proceedings.

Variety (USA)


Euronymous shaped the Norwegian Black Metal scene. You'd think that'd make him cool, but Åkerlund wisely doesn't buy it.

FilmInk (Australia)


...pretty bloody entertaining...

Los Angeles Times


"Lords of Chaos" is two hours of boys behaving badly, but somehow forgets that the devil is in the details.

New York Times


Akerlund, a veteran music-video director who intersperses "Lords of Chaos" with mildly surrealistic bursts, never establishes a coherent or interesting point of view.