The House That Jack Built

The House That Jack Built

DVD - 2020
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The story follows Jack, a highly intelligent serial killer throughout twelve years and depicts the murders that truly develop Jack as a serial killer.
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA : Scream Factory, [2020]
Edition: Theatrical cutDirector's cut
Branch Call Number: FICTION
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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So much talent of this Lars von Trier put in the service of filth, waste and decadence. A vision of life looking thru his own dark soul. Skip it.

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scatdiane
Mar 26, 2021

I usually cannot stand horror or extreme violence in movies, but this one kept me watching, except for some moments to turn away. The feeling it evoked was different, a kind of depth that shows me the killer is a HUMAN... not just a monster, altho a monstrous human. It made it possible to almost understand if not condone his impulses.
He has NO EMPATHY for other people or animals or beings, is simply out for himself and his narcissistic desire for adventure and mastery, his HUBRIS. He knows the rules but feel they don't apply to him, he knows the right thing to do, and can FAKE IT. It shows that this HORROR and EVIL is in fact a human characteristic, not something OUTSIDE but something INSIDE.
Yes there are scenes that remind one of Trump also of Hitler and , for me, my father, and also Ted Bundy. (There are several books about Bundy even interviews with him that this movie evokes).
This was helpful to me as I try to figure out how to interpret evil actions of people who you otherwise love. How we are trained to NOT SEE IT. By seeing it clear, it becomes something you can separate yourself from. One of the main themes of the movie is how people don't SEE what he is doing in plain sight over and over.
I agree with other reviewers that the last 15 minutes make it all worthwhile and explain it somewhat.

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aaropender
Nov 25, 2020

This movie is incredibly difficult to get through, because the viewer is made to feel violence coming well before it is put into action. As I think Hitchcock pointed out, effective films are those that harness our anticipations and imaginations as much as reveal 'the payoff'. The final 15 or so minutes, though, reward you for sitting through what you sat through, and remind you that you are a good person who did not want the harm to take place.

As the product of a craft, the movie is actually very solid and well-made. As referenced above in this comment, the film is incredibly effective at evoking in viewers a profound and visceral experience. The performances, art direction, score and soundtrack, editing, and pacing are all top-of-the-line.

I appreciate that the movie was not over-the-top in violence or in putting physical pain in front of the camera. It's certainly a horror movie, but the physical pain shown is pretty short in duration.

Watch if you're into intelligent, artful horrors. Wait until you are firmly connected with your own 'goodness' as a person.

This movie really gets me to question whether I can stomach any more movies about people enacting violence intentionally or deliberately.

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voisjoe1_0
Oct 18, 2020

Completely original depiction of a serial killer, his view of himself, and the reality that he is rather less wonderful than he thinks. Beware, this is not a PG films so don't rate it badly just because it is a depiction of narcissistic evil.

LPL_AngelaL Oct 07, 2020

I picked up this movie browsing the stacks because it read as a good thriller but I barely made it through the entire thing because of the gruesomeness. I give it 4 stars for being a novel movie, but had I had made the connection before to other Lars von Trier films I have seen, I might not have been so eager to watch it. It was a true, psychological thriller and I wish I had eye wash when I finished. 

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hammer59
Oct 01, 2020

I watched it after the "Presidential debate " between satan (tRUMP) and Biden....so I was already queasy. Disturbing to say the least. Next day, I explored Von Triers commentary that explained that it was designed to"be digested in a couple of days"....Very true.

On my second viewing, I had to wonder if the EVIL jack had been patterned after tRUMP himself....the flash cards, the psychopathic nature, the vile and despicable nature of a human being devoid of spirituality and love. Form your own opinion(s) and vote accordingly. First viewing....I wanted to crucify Von Lars. Upon the second viewing...I can understand his message....He is providing a message and is condemning evil in a strong way. The last 20 minutes are impressive and vindicates the previous 1.5 hours. This is strong film that the weak should avoid at any cost. Hail, Lars!

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BBRUTTIG
Sep 24, 2020

I did not like it. Horribly graphic of murder. Another weirdo movie from Lars.

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jimg2000
Aug 18, 2020

Have seen enough of Lars von Trier prior works to watch his films with full attention and give Lars the benefit of the doubt in his intentions and enigmatic stories. One may not like his topics one iota but he always breaks new grounds. Yep, his latest is a story about a man named jack and his inhumane journey to hell.

Note: Lars chose another David Bowie's tune "Fame" as a background song. In his 2003 Dogville, he picked Bowie's song "Young Americans".

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charlie69
Aug 08, 2020

Wow, definitely some serious gore and disturbing scenes here. Personally, if you can call serial killer bios a genre, I think "Henry, portrait of a serial killer" plumbs the depths of depravity with a lot less gore and much more creepy subtext. I don't know why someone would want to film some of these scenes, a question of art ethics or not. Dillon does cold Stone killers quite well.

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Ace4aDay
Feb 24, 2020

A disturbing debate of whether brutal creation and/or destruction can be worthy of the title of "art". A great performance by Matt Dillon. Pacing is slow and the movie very long, with some scenes being very hard to watch.

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EucaryaM
Apr 25, 2019

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jimg2000
Aug 18, 2020

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https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4003440/quotes/?tab=qt&ref_=tt_trv_qu

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