One viewer was left shocked by the scene where Dillon mutilates children.
The director walked the red carpet along with some of the movie actors for the first time since his appearance at the global film festival in 2011. The film follows him for 12 years profiling his murders. On one occasion, he gets into a house by pretending, badly, to be a policeman; on another he brings new meaning to the phrase "family hunting trip"; on another he insults a young woman he calls "Simple" (Riley Keough, bringing some surprisingly touching humanity to an otherwise callous film).
Showbiz 411's Roger Friedman was one of the walkouts, calling The House That Jack Built a " vile movie.
Last year, it was revealed that von Trier was working on the project and he cited Donald Trump as an inspiration. Jack is telling Verge about five "incidents" he's picked from his murdering career, which seems to run through the 1970s in an unspecified USA town.
Despite the fact that the final and inevitable police intervention is drawing ever near (which both provokes and puts pressure on Jack) he is - contrary to all logic - set on taking greater and greater chances.
There's no official US release date yet, but IFC Films will distribute the film sometime this year. The final fifteen minutes of The House That Jack Built sees the film shift gears into a different realm - for the good - but because of the rampant, harsh, very hard to watch, very long build-up, Von Trier can't be forgiven.
The Hollywood Reporter had earlier slammed the film as "an autoerotic ego massage. often as inane as it is unsettling". Let us know what you think.
The film will debut in the United States 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.