Lords of Choas the film based off events of the early 1990’s Norwegian black metal scene will be released on Blu Ray/DVD on May 28th (read our review here). The Blu-ray/DVD combo will feature an unrated version of the film (118 minutes) along with bonus features including 11 director’s teasers and trailers. The single DVD will have the rated version (116 minutes) and no bonus features (womp womp). For those who haven’t seen Lords of Chaos, the movie is directed by original drummer of the black metal band Bathory Jonas Akerlund (“Polar”) and stars Rory Culkin (“Sucession”, “Signs”, “You Can Count On Me”) and Emory Cohen (“The Place Beyond The Pines”, “Brooklyn”). With all the music biopics that keep being released, Lords of Chaos (based on the book), surely stands out in its own way bringing a truly unique story following Mayhem’s brutal history.
In an interview with the Hollywood reporter, Akerlund had the following to say about the movie.
“I went deeper with this film than any of my other movies. I approached my other films like I did my music videos or commercials, like jobs. But ‘Lords Of Chaos’ I wrote myself, and it’s a close, personal story. I know these people. All my best friends are still in the metal scene. Per was a friend. We were all shocked when he committed suicide. When the news of the church burnings came out, in 1993, I was already living in Los Angeles, but we all knew who was behind them. It took the police a lot longer to find out. I’ve been trying to get this movie made for a very long time — I’ve been pitching it around Hollywood for years.”
“Well, I always knew this was a hard sell. It still is, to be honest. It’s asking a lot from an audience. It’s a very dark story but I find it hard to have a story about music and young kids without adding humor. So it’s really funny but it’s definitely not a comedy. It has some horror elements — I tried to make the murder scenes as authentic and as close to real life as I could, reading the police reports for details — but it’s definitely not a horror movie. The tone of the movie is all over the place, but when you see it, it comes together. In the end, I think of it more of a relationship drama. It’s really about the story, almost a love story, between these characters.”
Pre-order the Lords of Chaos Blu-Ray at this location.