Lars von Trier has never shied away from controversy, and his new film certainly delivered it: The House That Jack Built earned the highest level of ire and disgust seen at Cannes Film Festival this year.
The film made its debut at Cannes on Wednesday (Tuesday local time) and attendees reported "more than 100 people" left the cinema after one scene showed a mother and her two children being murdered and mutilated.
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".
As the killer Jack horribly mutilates one girlfriend, he says: "Why is it always the man's fault". Reportedly, those that lasted through the horror film gave it a six-minute standing ovation. I also like that we'll get to see Uma Thurman on screen again, although based on this trailer, her part is likely to be somewhat small.
Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News. After the director stated that the film would be his "most violent yet", it seemed he made good on his promise as the first trailer of the film did little to calm the nerves of audience members.More news: Trump may have to acknowledge Stormy Daniels payments
The story follows Jack (Matt Dillion), a serial killer, over the course of 12 years and depicts the murders that truly develop Jack as a serial killer. The final verdict on "The House That Jack Built" won't be delivered until those reviews are published.
The frequently controversial Lars von Trier was banned from the Cannes Film Festival in 2011, after making some comments about Hitler that turned a few heads.
Leave it to Danish provocateur Lars von Trier to offend a festival audience.
"Von Trier reeeeeally lingers on the children's corpses here, panning up and down their bodies as though he were directing a lascivious advertisement". We experience the story from Jack's point of view. As the inevitable police intervention is drawing nearer, he is taking greater and greater risks in his attempt to create the ultimate artwork.
The House That Jack Built does not yet have a United Kingdom release date. Let us know what you think. And unlike many other films here, von Trier won't be holding a news conference for his film.