KILLER JOE Add To My Top 10
Perverse People Placed in a Pretty Perverse Plot
Release Date: July 27, 2012
Genre: Black Comedy
Runtime: 103 minutes
Distributor: LD Entertainment
Director: William Friedkin
Executive Producer: None
Writer: Tracy Letts
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David Dinerstein, President of Distribution
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In the story, a 22-year-old would be drug dealer in Dallas, Chris, is in debt to his supplier. He proposes to his father, Ansel, and 20-year-old sister, Dottie (who looks and acts like she’s 14 or 15), that they hire a hitman to kill Ansel’s first wife, their mother, to get her life insurance money. Apparently, the mother is pretty mean to everyone, although it’s never explained how. The insurance money goes to Dottie, or so they all think.
Into the picture steps Killer Joe, a creepy, crazy cop who moonlights as a contract killer. Chris and Ansel can’t afford to pay Killer Joe a retainer. So, Joe asks them to provide Dottie as “collateral.” Amazingly, they accept his proposal.
It soon becomes clear to everyone that Joe has not only seduced Dottie’s body but also her emotions. Dottie begins to see Joe as her ticket out of this disturbed family. Chris (who may or may not have some perverse feelings of his own toward his sister) begins to have second thoughts about the whole thing, even after the drug supplier’s thugs beat Chris up and demand the money he owes or his life. Everything comes to a head at the father’s trailer when Joe begins to question the motives of Ansel’s second wife, who just happens to be sleeping with the first wife’s second husband.
KILLER JOE contains graphic scenes of violence, brutality, sex, and nudity. It’s a perverse black comedy with an extremely perverse ending. Based on a 1995 play by award winning playwright Tracy Letts, KILLER JOE is an abhorrent, sickening, nasty, depressing piece of work. Like – apparently – the other plays by Mr. Letts, it presents a proctologist’s view of the American family. Even the movie’s lighter, more comical parts are somewhat, if not totally, perverse.
KILLER JOE contains graphic scenes of violence, brutality, sex, and nudity. It’s a perverse black comedy with an extremely perverse ending. It presents a proctologist’s view of the American family. Even when one of the characters tries to do the right thing, they get beaten half to death and shot dead by accident. Based on a surprisingly acclaimed 1995 play, KILLER JOE is an abhorrent, sickening, nasty, depressing piece of work.