Published: Wed, May 16, 2018

'The House That Jack Built' Trailer Shows Off Brutality

'The House That Jack Built' Trailer Shows Off Brutality

The House That Jack Built, a 155 minute opus, originally conceived as an eight-part television series, follows a serial killer, the Jack of the title (Matt Dillon), over a period of 12 years and five very specific "incidents".

One of those who walked out was entertainment reporter Roger Friedman who described it in a tweet as a "vile movie" that "should not have been made".

Two of the film's co-stars, Riley Keough and Uma Thurman, didn't attend this year's festival, citing scheduling conflicts. Those mass walkouts were trigged by brutal sequences of mutilation and torture, including children, and of course women (it's Von Trier, after all).

Normally, the temperature of a Cannes movie is determined at a morning press screening, where in the past a bad film has been met with boos.


Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News. Time and again we've heard about movies that have left audience members fainting in the aisles but have actually turned out to be considerably tamer than first believed. We experience the story from Jack's point of view. And guess what, the reactions to his latest piece of provocation, the gruesome serial killer drama The House That Jack Built, did not disappoint. The final fifteen minutes of The House That Jack Built sees the film shift gears into a different realm - for the good - but because of the rampant, harsh, very hard to watch, very long build-up, Von Trier can't be forgiven.

Last year, it was revealed that von Trier was working on the project and he cited Donald Trump as an inspiration. As the inevitable police intervention is drawing nearer, he is taking greater and greater risks in his attempt to create the ultimate artwork.

It will be Von Trier's first appearance in Cannes since Melancholia in 2011, when the director's jokes about "sympathizing with Hitler" got him temporarily banned for the festival. Let us know what you think. "I didn't want to do the movie for that" but was talked round by von Trier who he insisted was not a cruel man.

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