The House That Jack Built

The House That Jack Built

  • Director: Lars von Trier
  • Writer: Lars von Trier,Jenle Hallund
  • Countries of origin: Denmark, France, Sweden, Germany, Belgium, Tunisia
  • Language: English, German, Italian
  • Release date: October 17, 2018
  • Sound mix: Dolby Digital
  • Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
  • Also known as: Jek qurgan uy
  • "The House That Jack Built" is a horror thriller directed by Lars von Trier , starring Matthew Raymond Dillon  . It was released in Denmark on November 29, 2018.
    The film tells the story of how Jack, a high IQ serial killer who committed a murder in Washington in the 1970s, completed his serial murder under the police chase.


    • Release date October 17, 2018
    • Filming locations Copenhagen, Denmark
    • Production companies Zentropa Entertainments, Centre National du Cinéma et de l'Image, Copenhagen Film Fund

    Box office


    €8,700,000 (estimated)

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    • By Alexys 2022-06-29 22:55:20

      The House That Jack Built: Impeccable Integrity

      Four stars give the film language a unique form of expression, originality, and impeccable integrity.

      After reading it, there was an incomparable peace in the face of a piece of ash. The House That Jack Built What kind of house did Jack build? What kind of zenith (solution, zenith) is he looking for? What kind of beauty/eternity in an instant is the approaching/pursuing in his consciousness? I have my understanding of the absurdity of his life.

      In Jack's world, life, love, and...

    • By Arielle 2022-04-24 07:01:16

      Von Trier as an architect and his impossibility

      Even without cognitive film theory, film is not just what is happening on the screen. The film integrates the perception of expression and the expression of perception (Sobchack, 1992), and the viewer is involved. So my reviews inevitably lead to the very personal aspects of watching a movie. I was watching in Copenhagen, and the companion was P.

      In fact, only ten minutes after the opening, I realized the absolute existence of Von Trier: the mistress of the second incident asked Jack's...

    • By Cathryn 2022-04-24 07:01:16

      Interactive N Negative--The house that Jack built

      Interactive N Negative--The house that Jack built

      At the beginning of the story, when the car is driving on a desolate highway, although there is no torrential rain and no disturbingly fast swinging wipers, the ghost will remind people of Hitchcock's "Psycho". Perhaps it was the chatter of the woman, or the repeated cuts and turns of the camera, which made people outside the play wonder with interest at what moment such inner anxiety and irritability would rush out of his hands....

    • By Dillon 2022-04-24 07:01:16

      Building pure white humanity out of corpses

      Russ didn't create evil, he just described the instincts that exist naturally in human nature after removing moral and emotional constraints.

      People who give this movie low marks either don't get used to Lars' narcissism or abstract movies or are brainwashed by so-called political correctness.

      I still understand this film as a deconstruction of human nature. From the very beginning, the protagonist was tortured by an old woman and finally couldn’t bear to smash her to death with...

    • By Monica 2022-04-24 07:01:16

      after watching

      I didn't have any previous works by drawing Von Trier, and I watched this film without any notice. I watched it about five times separately. If you want to watch this film, you must be in a good mood. Go watch it, or you're sure to screw up your day.

      The film is divided into five perverted murder stories plus a killing addiction story similar to the postscript. It started through a dialogue between the male protagonist and an old man, but the old man just spoke with a voice-over, and...

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    • By Johathan 2022-10-04 11:44:43

      It's boring, stinky and long, full of smugness and cruelty, full of pseudo-intellectual smugness and poor...

    • By Carolyne 2022-09-29 05:26:13

      Good! No discomfort (maybe already used to the killing in movies), just don't know how those viewers who used to praise Lars von Trier films - including me, I also liked his " Dogtown and a movie or two, but how many people can understand and forgive the serial killer in the story? Von Trier has been caught in a vortex of catharsis, obsessed with showing heinous acts, and his film has turned into a kind of alternative violence--to say the least--even with passages praising the Nazis To take...

    • By Hazle 2022-09-26 21:25:08

      Dillon dressed in red is like a spokesperson for Satan, but he is not a god, just an OCD upper body, unable to unravel himself, and a manic patient (and the real tyrant LvT off-screen) who whitewashes and rationalizes killing in the name of so-called art. It is this kind of human gene that destined him to touch the divinity with the stacking of materials. In essence, he was just wandering and fiddling in the same place, and finally fell into the abyss from the imagination of the other side of...

    • By Andre 2022-09-23 08:10:52

      Are human beings as perceived by Lars von Trier inherently good or inherently evil? Instead of giving a definite answer, the new work dispels these grand core discussions with his usual joking, even "provocative" tone. What amazes me is that while it still plays out in a melodramatic, fragmented, so-called "regular" narrative for the most part, the overall constructive thinking goes beyond linear concatenation in order to Subversion of the existing movie viewing thinking (structure, voice). And...

    • By Andres 2022-09-16 12:27:31

      Amazing. It's not how big the scale is, but the bad comers. This kind of deep malice will make the male protagonist not so terrible, and the person behind the camera is evil and evil. There are many contents that seem to be able to be discussed in more depth, but in fact they have not reached the so-called "philosophical depth" and "artistic height". Like crazy people may admire...

    Movie plot

    Jack ( played by Matthew Raymond Dillon ) is a serial killer and an obsessive-compulsive disorder patient. He will stay at the crime scene and repeatedly determine whether there are blood stains in each place. At the same time, he was a well-trained engineer, but his limited vision hindered his efforts to build his own house. In a conversation with a mysterious stranger, he confessed to some of the most serious murders he had...
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    Neutral evaluation

    The film is not as scary as imagined. The main body of the film is not a display of violent spectacles, but a dialogue between the killer Jack and the mysterious elder Virgil. Many of Jack's remarks in the film are actually defending the director's perverse behavior. If you don't like the director's overly self-indulgent character, you won't like this movie. Even if it is self-indulgent, the film still explores a question worth...
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    Negative comment

    Lars von Trier came up with a boring, creepy idea   . ("Guardian" review)
    Like his most paranoid and painful work, Jack is buried by the ideas of its creator. Maybe he got catharsis through this work, but this film is only occasionally valuable to other people   . (Comment by "Daily Telegraph")
    The savage colors are scattered throughout the film. In the two and a half hours, Lars von Trier likes to repeat long and tirelessly detailed...
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    Movie quotes

    • Jack: Imagine a man walking down a street underneath the street lamps. Right under a lamp, is shadow is the densest but also the tiniest. Then, when he starts to move, his shadow grows in front of him. The shadow becomes bigger and bigger while it thins out. And the shadow behind him from the next lamp post emerges and becomes shorter and shorter until it reaches its ultimate density, as the man stands directly underneath the light. Let's say that the man standing underneath the first lamp post is me when I've just committed a murder. I feel strong and content. I start to walk, and the shadow in front of me grows bigger, like my pleasure. But at the same time, pain is on its way, represented by the shadow behind me from the next lamp post. And at the midpoint between the lamp posts, the pain is so great it outweighs my pleasure. And with every step forward, pleasure dissolves and pain intensifies behind me. Finally, the pain is so unbearably intense that I have to act. So when I reach the point with the next lamp in zenith, I will kill again.

      Verge: I know you want to be someone special, Jack, but let's face it, this illustration can be used for any addict's tale of woe. The alcoholic empties the bottle at the zenith etc, etc. But what about the family?

    • 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 about the value of ruins makes it too obvious, not to mention, another subject. The value of icons.


      Jack: The Stuka. Without a doubt the world's most beautiful airplane and to top it off featuring an eerily sophisticated detail. I'm sure you know what I'm talking about.

      Verge: No, by God that has never interested me but do tell me about it.

      Jack: The Stuka was a dive-bomber. They say that the pilots actually passed out for a brief moment during the actual dive.

      Verge: But the detail, per favore.

      Jack: Fantastic. Incomparable. Notice the sound when the plane dives.

      Verge: The screeching sound. A result of poor design if you ask me.

      Jack: Poor design? Please. On the contrary, the screeching was intrinsic sirens were attached to the undercarriage of the plane purposely designed as a psychological act of war. No one who heard it in action will ever forget that sound. It made the blood run cold in everyone's veins. Know as Jericho's Trumpet.

      Verge: Sadistic, but in your eyes probably a masterpiece.

      Jack: No, more than a masterpiece. An icon. The person or persons, who conceived the Stuka and its functions were icon-creators. What I'm getting at is this: As disinclined as the world is to acknowledge the beauty of decay it's just as disinclined to give credit to those... no, credit to us, who create the real icons of this planet. We are deemed the ultimate evil. All the icons that have had and always will have an impact in the world are for me extravagant art.


      Jack: The noble rot.

      Verge: STOP IT... YOU ANTICHRIST! I DON'T RECALL EVER HAVING ESCORTED A SO THOROUGHLY DEPRAVED PERSON AS YOU, JACK. Since you have now apparently set your heart in mass extermination let me make a brief comment about the Buchenwald camp that emphasises my attitude towards art and love.


      Verge: In the middle of this concentration camp stood a tree and not just any old tree, but an oak and not just any oak, but the one Goethe when he was young, sat beneath and wrote some of humanity's most important works. Goethe. Here you can talk about masterpieces and the value of icons! The personification of humanism, dignity, culture and goodness was by the irony of faith suddenly present in the middle of one of the all time greatest crimes against humanity.

    • Verge: Why are they always so stupid?

      Jack: Who's stupid?

      Verge: All the women you killed, strike me as seriously unintelligent.

      Jack: I've also killed men.

      Verge: But you only talk about the stupid women. Unless you think all women are stupid.

      Jack: Well, the stories I've told were selected at random, but...

      Verge: You feel superior to women and want to brag. It turns you on, doesn't it Jack?

      Jack: No, no. But women are easier, not physically, they're just easier to work with. More cooperative.

      Verge: To kill, you mean?

      Jack: If you like. Mr. Sophistication believes in that theory.

      Verge: So... Mr. Sophistication is the theoretician?