Lars von Trier is Writing a Horror Movie Set in Detroit

Jason McDonald

How many of you read that title and thought: “Oh, is it a documentary?” You’re horrible people! But I thought that too.

Lars von Trier, the man known for directing and writing films like “Antichrist”, “Melancholia”, and “Nymphomaniac” is finally setting his sights on a full-blown horror movie.  It could be argued that a few of his prior films have dabbled in horror, but this looks to be an actual entry into the genre.

According to Soundvenue via Indiewire, the project originated after “Salvation” director Kristian Levring had continually pestered von Trier to take on a horror film.  A pursuit that finally culminated a few months ago when von Trier told him “I want you to stop talking about it, so I’ll write it for you instead.”

So far all we know about the project is that it’ll be set in Detroit and will possibly be called “Detroit.”  The project is in early development, so plot details are slim, but they did mention it’ll be about a man battling with his inner demons.

Given that they’re still in the early stages of writing a script, I wouldn’t expect to hear much about this project for a long while.  In fact, it might not ever come to fruition.  But the idea of Lars von Trier properly tackling the horror genre is enough to get my interest.   I hope we hear more about this someday soon.

antichrist poster


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      1. Ali Bing Bong Rutherford May 13, 2014 at 11:34 pm

        i watched antichrist twice.. very dark n disturbing

      2. Chad R. Foster May 13, 2014 at 11:40 pm

        I haven’t really liked anything by Lars Von Trier.

      3. Mark Comeau May 13, 2014 at 11:57 pm

        And I’m sure it will be pretentious and self serving.

      4. Mathew Ellsworth May 14, 2014 at 12:14 am

        Could be awesome, I loved Antichrist.

      5. Jeremy Arruda May 14, 2014 at 12:26 am

        Make a normal movie for god’s sake.

      6. Tiago May 14, 2014 at 12:32 am

        The Kingdom (Riget) is a 8 episode TV series adaptation of Stephen King’s Kingdom Hospital, that later got an american remake. It was created and co directed by Von Tier. But make no mistake, the guy do not make genre movies, he makes Von Tier movies.

      7. MargieTheCrazyCatLady May 14, 2014 at 3:23 am

        I want to join your community, please?

      8. Chuckie Snyder May 14, 2014 at 8:48 am

        this is awesome. one of my favorite film makers. loved antichrist! cant wait