No Easy Ride On Von Trier Bus

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The House That Jack Built

I was reading this interesting article about upcoming horror movies in 2018. Needless to say, I knew, heard and am expecting most of them, but there was one that caught my eye. Lars von Trier’s, ‘The House That Jack Built’. I saw the name of the movie, and I instantly thought – ‘Jack Goes Home’ and ‘The Houses October Built’. Oh, C’mon! It must’ve happened to you a minute ago as well. Of course Thomas Dekker’s disturbing flick and Bobby Roe’s masterpiece have nothing to do with Lars von Trier, but still…(this is where I’d put a smiley face, but the editor would banish me forever, so I won’t)

All failed jokes aside; I wasn’t expecting another horror movie from Lars von Trier after the ‘Antichrist’. I know he’s prolific and versatile, walking those fine lines between genres like Philippe Petit, but since his infamous Depression trilogy that started with the ‘Antichrist’, wasn’t continued in the same manner, I figured he was done with dabbling in the horror genre. Oh, boy was I wrong…

So we all know how Von Trier’s trilogy begun. In short, ‘Antichrist’ was a unique and deeply disturbing movie. If I was up for a longer version, I’d tell you all about the plot, camera lenses, graphic violence and so on. I even remember reading on Rotten Tomatoes that “it’s no easy ride”. Seriously? After The Element of Crime (1984), Epidemic (1987), The Idiots (1998), and Dancer in the Dark (2000), you expected “an easy ride”? … Anyway, the movie itself was so difficult to sit through, that it became legendary. Von Trier once said he chose to start his trilogy with horror because you can compose a lot of very strange images in it. Well, he most certainly did that.

Judging by what I’ve heard so far, ‘The House That Jack Built’ will ruin a famous nursery rhyme for generations of Brits, and it has nothing to do with that Metallica song either. I know! I was just as surprised as you probably are right now. Supposedly, the story of the film follows one highly intelligent dude called Jack. Over the course of 12 years, through the 1970s and 1980s, Jack killed numerous women and the film depicts some of Jack’s murders that developed him as a serial killer. The titular role went to Matt Dillon, and one of the victims is played by Uma Thurman. Both are magnificent, so we can rightfully expect a lot at this point.

It wouldn’t be a Von Trier movie if it didn’t have anything politically incorrect and juicy tied to it. Ever so subtle Von Trier said in an interview that the film was inspired by the notion “that life is evil and soulless, which is sadly proven by the recent rise of the Homo Trumpus – the rat king.” Really? Politics and horror movies? That’s just distasteful and unnecessary.

The House That Jack Built is currently in post-production and it is set to assault viewers in theaters on November 29th. I don’t know about you, but I can hardly wait.

 

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