An Ultra-Violent Serial Killer Movie Has Sparked A Mass Walkout At Cannes Film Festival

The film has been described as "torturous" and "vile".

Notorious Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier has sparked controversy at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, with more than 100 audience members reportedly walking out of the first screening of his ultra-violent new serial killer movie The House That Jack Built.

The film stars Matt Dillon as a murderous architect, and reportedly features a number of extremely graphic scenes including one in which he shoots two children with a hunting rifle and another in which he mutilates a woman before killing her. Uma Thurman and Riley Keough also have roles in the film, although I can’t imagine it ends particularly well for them.

A number of people who saw the film at either the Monday night premiere or the subsequent media screening have described it on social media as “disgusting”, “vile” and “torturous”. Which is probably going to be great publicity for it, tbh.

The reaction has not been universally negative, however. Those who made it all the way to the end of the first screening gave von Trier a standing ovation, while others have defended the filmmaker on social media.

For what it’s worth, Von Trier is no stranger to scandal. His previous films include the extremely graphic Antichrist and Nymphomaniac. He was also briefly banned from Cannes in 2011 for making a joke about being a Nazi and sympathising with Hitler following the premiere of his movie Melancholia. 

You can watch the trailer for The House That Jack Built below.