Canadian Premiere
Selection 2018

Lords of Chaos

Directed by Jonas Åkerlund

Thu August 02, 2018
9:45 PM

Auditorium des diplômés de la SGWU (Théâtre Hall)



Jonas Åkerlund


Jonas Åkerlund, Dennis Magnusson, Michael Moynihan


Rory Culkin, Emory Cohen, Sky Ferreira, Jack Kilmer, Valter Skarsgård

United Kingdom, Sweden 2018 112 mins OV English
Genre DramaHorrorThriller

Official selection

Official Selection: Sundance 2018

“Hail Åkerlund! The Swedish director has made a pitch-perfect black metal dramedy about real-life head-bangers who lost their minds.” – Amy Nicholson, VARIETY

“A gruesome, gonzo true-crime ride” – David Fear, ROLLING STONE

“Shockingly Raw. Endlessly engaging.” – Heather Wixson, DAILY DEAD

We’re thrilled to announce that Fantasia will be showcasing the Canadian Premiere of Jonas Åkerlund’s subversive cinematic hand grenade LORDS OF CHAOS as an eleventh-hour addition to our lineup on Thursday Aug 2 at 9:45. As a bonus, this will likely be the last time the film’s original Unrated version that shocked Sundance will be shown in a cinema.

“Based on truth and lies”, this propulsive “dramedy” depiction of the exploits of the death-obsessed late-‘80s/early-‘90s Norwegian black metal scene’s most notorious bands, Mayhem and Burzum, is at once a poignant exploration of Oslo youth alienation and a rambunctious, taboo-smashing assault on the senses. As characters huff the remains of dead animals and burn centuries-old churches to the ground, Ackerlund – himself a co-founder of Swedish metal band Bathory before becoming the rather legendary film and music video director that he is today – never flinches, cranking his storytelling to “11” as he dives fists-first into the band’s ambitions, turmoils and, eventually, murders, with detours into Satanism and suicide. Starring a fantastic Rory Culkin as Øystein “Euronymous” Aarseth and Emory Cohen as Varg Vikernes, LORDS OF CHAOS is a startling and surprisingly funny piece of work that drips charisma and blood. It comes at you from a dark but soulful place, telling a tale of lost boys who want to be evil but have got only partial directions to the specific kind of hell they seek. It’s a tragedy, a comedy and a nightmare; a true-crime oddity laced with corpse paint and inverted crosses. It will stay with you. Adapted from the now-infamous Feral House book by Michael Moynihan and Didrik Søderlind. – Mitch Davis


Thu August 02, 2018
9:45 PM

Auditorium des diplômés de la SGWU (Théâtre Hall)