THE KILLER INSIDE ME
Aberrant Sexuality and Ultraviolent Misogyny
Release Date: June 25, 2010
Runtime: 109 minutes
Distributor: IFC Films
Director: Michael Winterbottom
Address Comments To:Jonathan Sehring, President
IFC Films/IFC Entertainment
Joshua Sapan, President/CEO
Rainbow Media Holdings LLC
(Independent Film Channel/IFC Films/IFC First Take/AMC/WE)
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New York, NY 10001
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Lou Ford is an average Joe. He’s lived in the same, small, West Texas town all his life, even becoming a sheriff’s deputy. Everyone in town knows him; everyone in town trusts him; but, buried deep within his psyche is a dark secret, a secret of repressed violence and aberrant sexuality. The dark secret finally comes to the surface when Lou accidentally falls in love with the local prostitute, Joyce, played by Jessica Alba. The two begin a torrid affair in which Joyce indulges Lou in all of his darkest, masochistic fantasies.
At the same time, Lou must balance his relationship with his long-time girlfriend, Amy, played by Kate Hudson. As Amy and Lou pursue their passionate affair, Lou’s dark, sexual tendencies begin to surface; and Amy fears for Lou’s aberrant behavior.
Then, Lou snaps. He violently kills Joyce as well as one of her clients, manipulating the crime scene to look like a double homicide. However, there are loose ends in the investigation, and Lou must kill more people to cover his tracks, ultimately leading him to kill his love, Amy, in a violent beating. As the local police and the D.A. gather evidence to pin Lou for all of the murders, Lou stages one final crime that will leave the small town forever changed.
THE KILLER INSIDE ME is brutal, graphic, violent, misogynistic and pagan. There are no morally redeeming elements in the movie whatsoever. As far as quality, the filmmakers deftly capture the mood of Thompson’s pulp novel, and the pace of the movie appropriately follows the character’s slow descent into madness. That said; the movie is horrific.
It is ultraviolent with several graphic scenes of murder, including a scene where Affleck’s character pummels Alba’s character in the face until her skull is crushed. Affleck, Alba and Hudson all indulge in graphic sexual behavior that is obscene and mixed with sociopathic violence. There are discussions of child molestation, a scene of molestation (though nothing is seen and only a whimpering little girl is heard), flashbacks of a son being seduced by his mother who teaches him how to be “rough” with women.
No media-wise person, indeed no sane person, should see this movie and subject their psyche to such an onslaught of paganism.
THE KILLER INSIDE ME is brutal, graphic, violent, misogynistic, and pagan. There are no morally redeeming elements in the movie whatsoever. The filmmakers deftly capture the mood of Thompson’s pulp novel. The movie’s pace appropriately follows the character’s slow descent into madness, but the movie’s content is horrific. It is ultraviolent with several graphic scenes of murder. It is filled with aberrant sexual behavior, including masochistic acts of depravity, child molestation, and flashbacks of a son seduced by his mother. This movie is completely unacceptable viewing.