The House That Jack Built is shaping up to be the most controversial film of the year. The serial killer psychological horror film from director Lars Von Trier reportedly caused over one-hundred of people to walk out of its Cannes Film Festival screening, and now you can get a taste of just what was so off-putting about the film.
The film’s controversy comes from its apparently gruesome violence toward, and mutilation of, women, children, and even animals, and some of of that is on display in the recently released trailer. The film, which is drawing some comparisons to a more extreme version of American Psycho, stars Matt Dillon as Jack, a sadistic serial killer, and shows how he came to be the way he is. The trailer is filled with loads of murders, and the build up to said murders, so it’s not hard to see where and how Von Trier is pushing the envelope.
Three new clips have also been released from the film, but instead of focusing on gore, they showcase the tension building up to some of Jack’s murders. First, there’s Uma Thurman as a woman whose car breaks down and unfortunately seeks help from the worst possible person.
Then there’s Riley Keough as Jack’s girlfriend, who finally learns the truth about Jack and meets her end in a motel room where no one seems interested in helping her.
Finally, there’s Jeremy Davis as Al, an ammunitions dealer who appears to be growing suspicious of his number one client.
The clips make the film look extremely tense, and Dillon is especially creepy in the lead, so if you think you can handle the gory and controversial bits, The House That Jack Built may be worth checking out once it makes it to the States.