"Aberrant Sexuality and Ultraviolent Misogyny"
THE KILLER INSIDE ME, based on the pulp novel of the same name by Jim Thompson, stars Casey Affleck as a 1950’s police officer named Lou Ford whose repressed childhood memories of violence and molestation drive him to commit heinous murders against the women in his life.
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.
(PaPaPa, AbAb, LL, VVV, SSS, NN, AA, DD, MM); Very strong mixed pagan worldview with serial killer who brutally beats women to death, police office makes negative comment about Christian preachers and man finds obscene photos of his mother hidden in a Bible; 17 obscenities, three profanities; very graphic realistic violence includes man punches woman in the face continually until her skull is crushed, woman slaps man, man beats woman with belt, man shot in head several times, violent sexual activities depicted, man burns another man’s hand with a cigar, man punches woman and kicks her until she urinates and dies, man is shot, discussion of teenage boy who is hanged, woman is stabbed and shot, killer blows up his house killing several people including police officers; depicted fornication in several scenes and several sexual encounters depicted in montage, aberrant sexual practices depicted where violence is mixed with fornication, couple gropes each other, major character is prostitute, unmarried kissing, discussion of child molestation and molestation depicted in flashback with sounds, though nothing is seen, and man has flashback remembering that his own mother seduced him with aberrant sexual behavior and molestation; upper male nudity in several scenes, rear female nudity in several scenes, different women are naked in several scenes though they are strategically covered and nude photos of killer’s mother with blurry images; some beer and whiskey consumption and one character is depicted drunk, cigarette and cigar smoking throughout and tobacco chewing; police officer takes bribes, blackmail, prostitution, racial jokes and slurs, lying, stealing, and labor union boss is trying to keep his name and the names of his teamsters from being implied in illegal behavior.
THE KILLER INSIDE ME is based on the pulp novel of the same name by Jim Thompson. It stars Casey Affleck as a 1950’s police officer whose repressed childhood memories of violence and molestation drive him to commit heinous murders. Lou Ford is an average guy. He’s lived in the same, small, West Texas town all his life. Everyone in town trusts him, but, buried deep within his psyche, is a dark secret, a secret of repressed violence and aberrant sexuality. Eventually, Lou snaps and spirals into a sociopathic killing spree, violently destroying several people in town, from the local prostitute to his long-time girlfriend.
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.