And while his character has equal interest in killing men and women, it's von Trier's female characters who are slaughtered with the most gusto.
Some people, however, reacted more calmly, discussing the merits and flaws of Von Trier's works, commenting on his trademark provocative style.
We learn very early on that Jack has committed at least 60 murders.
The Danish film director previously sparked controversy after joking about being a Nazi during an appearance at the 2011 Cannes festival to promote movie Melancholia. And after reading these reactions, quite honestly, I've never been more determined to see a movie in my entire life. According to a report,"It's disgusting", said one woman as she left the screening.
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But as she posed for the shutterbugs for pictures, she removed her stilettos and walked barefoot on the red carpet. The Twillight star joins Lupita Nyong'o, Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz and Bingbing Fan.
Trailers for the film were also released following its debut at Cannes.
Lars Von Trier is a cinematic enfant bad, continually provoking the medium's established narrative and stylistic tropes in favour of a more transgressive viewing experience. Which begs the question: why would von Trier repent if he doesn't expect a response? The House That Jack Built is an uncompromising, barbaric, distressing watch, and one very hard to stomach.
The House That Jack Built also stars Sofie Gråbøl, Johannes Kuhnke, Marijana Jankovic, Osy Ikhile, Jerker Fahlström, Jeremy Davies, and David Bailie.
Nevertheless, the movie still received a prolonged standing ovation for von Trier, who is a regarded as a cinematic visionary in France. Let us know what you think.
The film will debut in the U.S. later this fall, though we can only expect that there's going to be even more controversial debate around the feature as more audience members get a glimpse into the disturbing project.
Now, with The House That Jack Built, the offence has gone further - into the throng of the gathered press.