Until The Light Takes Us is a black metal documentary, released in 2008, which focuses heavily on the church burnings, murders, and suicide of Mayhem frontman Dead that occurred in the early 90's. It came to San Francisco recently, playing one night only at Yerba Buena Gardens before starting a run at the Roxie Theater in the Mission. Tickets are only 5 bucks a pop on Mondays, so me and Sweet Baby Jay decided to go check it out. Below you will find my notes on the film.
Anyone who is totally looking forward to seeing this movie and will be disappointed by spoilers might want to skip this post.
The movie basically consisted of 45 minutes of interviews with Fenriz from Darkthrone (right) and 45 minutes of interviews with Varg Vikernes from Burzum (below left, shown with kitty friend), interspersed with a bunch of footage of Fenriz walking around. A couple other people are interviewed briefly (the dudes from Immortal, Hellhammer from Mayhem, and some douchey artist guy), in addition to overlong shots of the Norwegian countryside and a completely superfluous interlude involving "avant garde" filmmaker Harmony Korine.
- A vaguely amusing sequence featuring Frost from Satyricon riding on an airplane and then burning artwork, stabbing a couch, and cutting himself extensively -- all to polite applause from an audience of Italian art connissuers.
- That's about it, actually.
- Varg explaining how chasing Euronymous down a stairwell and stabbing him to death was "self-defense".
- NO live concert footage besides a couple of choppy, seconds-long video clips of Mayhem and Darkthrone rehearsing in their basements.
- Several minutes of footage showing Fenriz walking around an art gallery looking at stuff.
- Several MORE minutes of footage of Fenriz sitting in bars, drinking beer and smoking cigarettes.
- The guys from Immortal, when they're not decked out in stage gear (right), dress like extras from Blade.
- Fenriz has a neck-beard and listens to techno.
- Bard "Faust" Eithun, former Emperor and Mayhem drummer and convicted murderer, talks like a robot and only hangs out in really dark rooms.
- Norwegian prisons look like spaceships on the outside and your grandparents' house on the inside.
- Skip it. This is a story that everyone already knows, told through the eyes of ONE outsider and ONE participant. Too long and not very entertaining OR informative. I'm no huge fan of black metal, but I know enough to realize that this is a MUCH bigger and more interesting story than the filmmakers made it out to be. Only recommended to total basement-dwelling fanboy Nazis who think that Varg Vikernes is some sort of "misunderstood genius". Complete 'meh'. At leat Jay gave me half a Snickers bar, which prevented the night from being COMPLETELY pleasureless.
You're better off reading Lords of Chaos again. Just skip all the chapters about Varg.
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