First Trailer for Lars Von Trier’s ‘The House That Jack Built’

Von Trier's Serial-Killer Tale

Controversial Danish director Lars von Trier has unveiled the chilling trailer for his new serial-killer tale, The House That Jack Built, which premiered out of competition at Cannes Monday night.

The film stars Matt Dillon as the titular serial killer in a cast list that also includes Bruno Ganz, Uma Thurman, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, Riley Keough, and Jeremy Davies. IFC Films is set to release the movie in U.S. theaters later this year.

Check out the official trailer below.

Von Trier's Serial-Killer Tale

U.S.A. in the 1970s. We follow the highly intelligent Jack through 5 incidents and are introduced to the murders that define Jack’s development as a serial killer. We experience the story from Jack’s point of view. He views each murder as an artwork in itself, even though his dysfunction gives him problems in the outside world.

Despite the fact that the final and inevitable police intervention is drawing ever near (which both provokes and puts pressure on Jack) he is – contrary to all logic – set on taking greater and greater chances. The goal is the ultimate artwork: A collection of all his killings manifested in a House that he builds. Along the way we experience Jack’s descriptions of his personal condition, problems and thoughts through a recurring conversation with the unknown Verge – a grotesque mixture of sophistry mixed with an almost childlike self-pity and in-depth explanations of, for Jack, dangerous and difficult maneuvers.

Update: Watch three new clips from Lars von Trier’s serial-killer movie House That Jack Built official from Cannes.

Lars Von Trier's Serial-Killer Movie
Lars Von Trier's Serial-Killer Movie
Lars Von Trier's Serial-Killer Movie

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