It only makes sense that one of the strangest stories in rock ’n’ roll history has come back to life as one of the strangest movies you’ll ever see. Lords of Chaos tells the story of Øystein “Euronymous” Aarseth and Varg “Count Grishnackh” Vikernes, two key players in the early 90s Norwegian black-metal scene, a musical movement that quickly progressed from teens playing dark-metal music into a crime spree involving church burnings and murder. Directed by Jonas Åkerlund—a black-metal veteran himself, being a founding member of Swedish genre pioneers Bathory—Lords of Chaos plays out like a zany teen dramedy that just happens to be punctuated with some of the most graphic violence ever filmed. The film’s main plot points—a suicide and two murders—are depicted in horrific detail; the climactic confrontation between Aarseth and Vikernes plays out in a shocking ten-minute death scene, with each of the killing’s reported 37 stab wounds agonizingly accounted for. The juxtaposition of the comedy and horror feels bizarre and uneasy, which is probably exactly what the Inner Circle of black metal would want.