Friday, February 8, 2019

Kurt Loder Review's Lords of Chaos and The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot: New at Reason

By Reason Staff - February 08, 2019 at 07:15AM

You might say Jonas Ã…kerlund's Lords of Chaos is attempting to do for the Norwegian black-metal scene of the late 1980s and early '90s what Almost Famous did for the classic-rock world of the 1970s. If so, it fails, but mostly because the music connected to this story has so little popular resonance outside of its doomy subculture. The movie does have Emory Cohen playing black-metal murder boy Varg Vikernes, however, and his creepy performance—half sultry, half sinister—is magnetic.

The picture is like a teen-delinquent b-movie from the 1950s, only with more death, more blood, and more church-burnings. Also with the rare sight of crazed black-metal concert-goers chewing on a raw pig's head that's been tossed into their midst. Okay, it's actually not like Almost Famous at all, writes Kurt Loder.

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