Lords of Chaos

Lords of Chaos

8:45pm - Monday, Mar 4, 2019

From renowned Swedish director Jonas Åkerlund comes LORDS OF CHAOS, the true story of Norwegian Black Metal and its most notorious practitioners - a group of young men with a flair for publicity, church-burning and murder: MAYHEM.

Oslo, 1987.

Seventeen year-old Euronymous is determined to escape his idyllic Scandinavian hometown and create “true Norwegian black metal” with his band, MAYHEM. He’s joined by equally fanatical youths - Dead and Varg. Believing that they’re on the cusp of a musical revolution, the group gets even darker driven by the black metal dogma to spread evil.

They begin burning down churches throughout the countryside and stealing tombstones for their record store. But when the press catches up with them and Euronymous takes more credit than he’s earned for the group’s violent acts, Varg, fresh out of jail, arranges a dark encounter to settle the score and ultimately determine who the darkest black metal musician is.

"LORDS OF CHAOS puts the tale on a big stage, transforming the early days of "true Norwegian black metal" into an energetically entertaining account of partnership, identity, and betrayal even as it includes all the (very literally) gory details." (Birth.Movies.Death)

"Euronymous shaped the Norwegian Black Metal scene. You'd think that'd make him cool, but Åkerlund wisely doesn't buy it." (Variety)

"LORDS OF CHAOS provokes both awe and repulsion, but not necessarily admiration for a musical form and subculture unwaveringly devoted to literalism, no matter how extreme." (Hollywood Reporter)

"A painful, often devilishly funny look at male adolescent insecurity and idiocy." (Sight and Sound)

Monday, March 4
Doors 8:15 pm | Movie 8:45 pm *Start time subject to change.
Advance tickets $10.50 | $12.50 at the door

*Minors permitted in the balcony. (Please note this film is rated 18A.) Must be 19+ W/ID for bar service and main floor seating.
**Sorry, Rio Theatre Groupons and passes not accepted for this screening.

LORDS OF CHAOS (Jonas Åkerlund, 2018 / 18A / 112 mins) A teenager's quest to launch Norwegian Black Metal in Oslo in the 1980s results in a very violent outcome. Lords of Chaos tells the true story of True Norwegian Black Metal and its most notorious practitioners - a group of young men with a flair for publicity, church-burning and murder: MAYHEM.

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