Lars Von Trier’s hardcore horror flick causes Cannes critics to get ‘triggered’ and leave theater. LoL.
A few yammering yellowbellies said “it shouldn’t have been made.”
Masterful Danish auteur Lars Von Trier, who makes hyperreal, highly existential cinema (Melancholia, Nymphomaniacs, Dogville, etc.), just dropped his ultra violent bombshell film, The House That Jack Built. Due to its ‘insanely graphic, totally cruel and extremely psychotic subject matter,’ the ‘sanctimonious’ Cannes film pundits (like Andrea Mandell, Rudeney Rodd and Kyle Buchanan, to name a few), lost their shit, left the theater and lashed out in a Twittertstorm of cynicism and hysteria. Haha.
Other ‘triggered’ audience members and critics left in droves, too, adding extra and well-deserved hype to the Danish director’s eye-opening art. A bunch of blowhards said “Lars went too far this time,” chastising the visionary storyteller for his serial killer thriller that depicts bodily dismemberment, animal amputations and whizzy psychological warfare.
Starring Matt Dillon and featuring Uma Thurman and Riley Keough, the ‘horror porn’ (made on a $10 million budget) follows 12 years in the homicidal life of a brainy, super-calculating killer (‘Jack’) who enjoys sadism and explores super novel ways of dispatching his ill-fated victims. The result: shock, awe, and moral revulsion across the board — just the kind of response VIVISXN’s film editors love to chuckle at.
Kyle Buchanan, a writer at New York Magazine, posted this: “He mutilates Riley Keough, he mutilates children…and we are all there in formal dress expected to watch it?” Robby Collin of The Telegraph remarked: “The House That Jack Built’…is two and a half hours of self-reflexive torture porn with an entire McDonald’s warehouse of chips on its shoulder, and a handful of genuinely provocative ideas which, exasperatingly, go nowhere much.” Blah.
The House That Jack Built is said to reference the current political angst and ultra violence seen on the nightly news – particularly the monstrosities of militant Islam, the rise of eastern Europe’s fascist right, gun culture in America and the legions of left-leaning twits (ANTIFA) triggered by the ascent of Trumpism. There’s scatology and gore galore, punctuated by intellectual detours about the nature of art and pop culture in today’s dark and wobbly world. In a Q&A with The Guardian, Lars said that the film will celebrate “the idea that life is evil and soulless, which is sadly proven by the recent rise of the Homo trumpus – the rat king.” Haha. Indiewire’s Eric Kohn actually gave the film an “A-” and called Lars’ work a “wild masterpiece.” Duh.
It’s a controversial comeback for the director, who was declared a ‘pariah’ and ‘persona non grata’ by the festival’s organizers back in 2011 for behaving cantankerously (something about Nazis) and allegedly harassed Björk. “For many years I’ve made films about good women…Now I did a film about an evil man,” he wrote in the press notes.
Anyway, this film is about artistic sublimation and humanity’s capacity for grotesque and gratuitous evil – “The soul belongs to heaven and the body to hell” sorta thing. Lars Von Trier is a towering genius, hands down. Check out the teaser and Twitter reactions to The House That Jack Built. But don’t say we didn’t warn you!