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The House That Jack Built (2018)

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The story follows Jack, a highly intelligent serial killer, over the course of twelve years, and depicts the murders that really develop his inner madman.


Lars von Trier


Lars von Trier (screenplay), Lars von Trier (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Dillon ... Jack
Bruno Ganz ... Verge
Uma Thurman ... Lady 1
Siobhan Fallon Hogan ... Lady 2
Sofie Gråbøl ... Lady 3
Riley Keough ... Simple
Jeremy Davies ... Al
Jack McKenzie ... Sonny
Ed Speleers ... Ed - Police Officer 2 (as Edward Spleers)
David Bailie ... S.P.
Mathias Hjelm Mathias Hjelm ... Glenn
Ji-Tae Yoo ... Man 2
Emil Tholstrup Emil Tholstrup ... Young Jack
Marijana Jankovic Marijana Jankovic ... Female Student
Carina Skenhede Carina Skenhede ... Little Old Lady


USA in the 1970s. We follow the highly intelligent Jack over a span of 12 years 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, while he postulates each murder is an artwork in itself. As the inevitable police intervention is drawing nearer, he is taking greater and greater risks in his attempt to create the ultimate artwork. 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 psychopathic explanations. The House That Jack Built is a dark and sinister story, yet presented through a philosophical and occasional humorous tale. Written by Zentropa Entertainments

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Crime | Drama | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong disturbing violence/sadistic behavior, grisly images, language, and nudity. | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


The 'Iceman' mentioned by Jack was contract killer Richard Kuklinski who committed over a hundred murders for organized crime syndicates. Like Jack, Kuklinski often kept the bodies inside a freezer for a while to make the time of death impossible to ascertain, a habit that earned him his infamous nickname. See more »


When Jack cut's off the leg of the baby duck, you can see it's real leg, bent in his palm. See more »


Jack: Albert Speer invented "The Theory of Ruin Value" by examining the Greek and Roman ruins, and constructed his buildings using both weaker and stronger materials so that they, in a thousand years, would appear as aesthetically perfect ruins.
Verge: Which fortunately were smashed to atoms in mere few years after their construction. Hubris is punished by nemesis if I may use an old-fashioned expression.
Jack: But an artist must be cynical and not worry about the welfare of humans or Gods in his art. This talks ...
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Alternate Versions

The director's cut was release in Europe and Canada with a duration of 155 mins. The US censored version is 150 min and are available in Canada and US VOD. See more »


Spoofs Bob Dylan: Dont Look Back (1967) See more »


The Four Seasons - Autumn (Violin Concerto in F Major Opus 8, No.3, RV 293)
Written by Antonio Vivaldi
Performed by Takako Nishizaki, Capella Istropolitana and Stephen Gunzenhauser
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Murder as Art
29 November 2018 | by jordans1877See all my reviews

I just saw the "one night only" screening of THTJB, and it's surprisingly good. All the press about the outrageous violence is overstated. There's blood and a scene that verges on torture porn, but the levels of violence and gore are far worse in Nymphomanic and Antichrist.

LvT winks and nods. He gives us satire. Murder as art. Architecture and engineering. Uma Thurman with a broken Jack. The jack as a weapon. Blood. Frozen pizza. Glenn Gould. "Stupid" women. Stupid cops. OCD. Luck and fate. Photography. Family. MAGA hats. Guns. A picnic. Predator and prey. Murder as art (but Verge isn't buying it). The sound of wading in water. Nazis. Jacqueline (the feminine Jack). Misogyny. In America no on can hear you scream. Full Metal Jacket. Antiquity. Hell.

I'm curious to see the R rated version of the film because I think it can benefit from some editing. Matt Dillon is fine, sometimes great. The writing struggles at times. But for once there's another LvT film I can't wait to see again.

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English | German | Italian

Release Date:

17 October 2018 (France) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Copenhagen, Denmark See more »


Box Office


EUR8,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,273, 16 December 2018

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


Color | Black and White (archive footage)

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