More than 100 people walked out of a 'repulsive' serial-killer movie at Cannes: 'Lars has gone too far this time'

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  • Director Lars von Trier’s “The House That Jack Built,” which stars Matt Dillon as a serial killer, prompted “more than 100 people” to walk out of the movie at the Cannes Film Festival on Monday.
  • According to Variety, the scene that caused the initial walk-out involved Dillon’s Jack shooting two small children with a hunting rifle.
  • Social-media reaction was strong from those who saw the movie, with some calling it “disgusting,” “torturous,” and “repulsive.”

Director Lars von Trier’s new serial-killer movie, “The House That Jack Built,” caused a stir when it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on Monday, as more than 100 people reportedly walked out of what some called a “disgusting,” “unpleasant,” and “torturous” movie.

According to Variety, the scene that prompted the initial walk-outs involved Matt Dillon’s serial-killer character, Jack, “shooting a hunting rifle at two small children, as he blows their heads off.”

The movie, which also stars Uma Thurman, doesn’t stop there. Based on social-media reaction, the movie depicts extremely graphic scenes of mutilations of women and children.

The response to the film on Twitter was strong, with some of those who saw (parts of) the movie saying it “should not have been made,” was “pathetic,” and was “two and a half hours of Hell.”^tfw^tfw^tfw

Despite the controversy, the film still received a standing ovation from those who stayed until the end.

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