KILLER JOE is basically a poor-white, Texas trash splatterfest featuring one of the most hard to describe sex/torture scenes that’s ever come across on the big screen. Suffice it to say I’ll never look at a chicken drumstick the same way again.
But these are not little league filmmakers we’re dealing with both in front and behind the camera.
And this dark and trashy comedy-thriller’s director is none other than William Friedkin of THE EXORCIST and FRENCH CONNECTION fame!
It all plays like an unholy marriage between David Lynch and the Coen Brothers.
The storyline has Emile Hirsch showing up at dad’s (Thomas Haden Church) mobile home where he’s living with slutty stepmom Gina Gershon and his not yet deflowered sister Juno Temple.
His plan; hire this professional killer he’s heard about to do in mom and split her $50,000 insurance policy with his in-laws with the rest going to the hired gun. Who by the way is Matthew McConaughey, a Dallas police detective who freelances hit jobs. Trouble is McConaughey wants a retainer up front before bumping off mom.
What will he take?
And so it goes in this sex, drugs, nudity and extreme violence laden tale of human garbage that had us groaning at times (as in: Oh NO!) and warrants a shower after viewing.
There’s one other little matter to take note of, the film is deservedly rated NC-17.
KILLER JOE, all 102 vile and messy minutes of it, is showing exclusively at Alamo’s MAINSTREET and the Glenwood Arts—tearing 3 out of 5 sticky fingers for those so inclined. And you know who you are…….