Lars von Trier serial killer movie causes mass walkout at Cannes

Angelo Anderson
May 17, 2018

Danish director Lars von Trier's return to Cannes Film Festival resulted in controversy, as a screening of his new film, The House That Jack Built, caused mass walkouts.

Ahead of its screening at Cannes, it was decided by the festival's director Thierry Frémaux that the film was "so controversial" it couldn't receive any awards.

- Fuckface Jack ❤♠ (@CheNirvana)#TheHouseThatJackBuilt response at #Cannes is flawless marketing for the film, now thousands of people will be intrigued by what happens in movie that made people walk out of the screening. However, when the final credits rolled, von Trier received a standing ovation that lasted several minutes.

The walkout at Cannes has horror fans counting down until the release date of The House That Jack Built. Von Trier has always been a divisive filmmaker, but we'll have to wait for The House That Jack Built's November 29 wide release to determine for ourselves whether his latest is empty provocation, or a thought-provoking exploration of masochism and sadism like Antichrist or Dogville. We only hear his voice as he dares Jack to tell him something surprising about his 12-year murder spree.

Who is in The House that Jack Built?

The trailer hints at some of the more controversial scenes including Jack mutilating a young woman and later murdering children.

Critics called the movie 'vile' and 'disgusting'
Image Critics called the movie ‘vile’ and ‘disgusting

There's Something About Mary and The Outsiders actor Matt Dillon stars as the serial killer Jack.

Dillon is convincingly sinister in the lead role, whether he's scrambling about, wickedly strangling and torturing women (played by Uma Thurman, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, Sofie Gråbøl and Riley Keough), ineptly hiding bodies in a giant lock-up freezer, or hunting children and using them as playthings.

I've never seen anything like this at a film festival.

New York's Showbiz 411 said that the movie simply "should not have been made".

Even though half of the balcony in the cinema was empty when the movie ended, those still in attendance took to their feet to applaud von Trier, who has not premiered a project at Cannes since 2011.

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