Release Date: On DVD & Blu-ray, December 21st.
Written by: Tracy Letts.
Directed by: William Friedkin.
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Juno Temple, Emile Hirsch, Thomas Haden Church and Gina Gershon.
In an odd way, Killer Joe is a love story; sure, it's a creepy love story involving a 15 year old girl and a sociopathic, murdering cop, but there it is. Amidst the brutality and disturbing nature of this cautionary tale, love blooms.
To be fair, Killer Joe isn't purely a horror movie, but rather a gritty crime thriller that borders on the horrific. As genre lovers, we have to expand our repertoire past slasher and ghost stories though, because the descriptor of horror isn't always cut and dry. If we didn't, we'd miss out on some great flicks.
Plus, this movie contains a scene of chicken wing mouth-rape, so you know what, it counts.
Killer Joe to do the deed, because he's apparently a killer for hire, hence the "killer" part before his first name.
|One could also call him "Creeper Joe."|
When they realize can't pay Killer Joe as agreed for a job well done, they let him bang the dirty little sister, Dottie, who is like a whisky-tisky version of Lolita. Killer Joe ends up liking Dottie, and decides that maybe he can keep her, as a sort of jail-bait sex slave. Then, everything falls apart...
|... everything but her love for Joe, that is.|
Needless to say that the shit hits the fan and nobody's plans go the way they are supposed to. Will Chris pay off Joe and escape the evil clutches of the mob? Will Killer Joe find true love with Dottie? Will Honey Boo Boo make a cameo,seeing as how this movie takes place in the same trailer park that she lives in? Far be it from us to spoil things for you, but suffice it to say that the term, "You Betta Redneckognize!" pops up a time or two.
|Honey Boo Boo, she ain't.|
It's also nice to see Matthew McConagahghey (spelling his name sucks) in a vicious role like this for a change, instead of some cheesy rom-com or a movie about half-gay male strippers. He really is a much better actor than people give him credit for. He's crazy good here, and although the movie itself was great, he made it far better just for him playing the title role.
|Can a movie like this garner McConaughey an Oscar nod? Hmm...|
Juno Temple is a hot commodity on the rise, and she's always fun to watch. For a British chick, she does American white trash really well, and here she's exceptional. She and Mr. McConaughey are surrounded by a hell of a supporting cast too, including the always fantastic Thomas Haden Church, who is just sublime here as one of the dumbest people on the planet.
There's just a lot to like about this movie.
|It's only chicken, baby. What are you afraid of?|
Juno Temple. She isn't afraid to get fully naked for the sake of art, and for that, we are thankful. We also get a healthy dose of Matthew McConaughey's ass as well, but we're not really thankful for that though we're sure some people are (gay guys/chicks.)
|Only in Texas.|
Killer Joe is a gritty Crime Thriller that shows us Matthew McConaughey in a different light; this is his personal version of Patrick Bateman. We would love to see him get some awards recognition for this role, because he's just that good in it. Awards or not, this is one movie that horror fans will revel in, as long as they aren't expecting something along the lines of Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer. See this one when it hits home video in December, because we said so. that's usually a really good reason.
Juno Temple is a starlet on the rise, and thankfully for us, the Indie Darling is a Hottie too. Gina Gershon at 50 years old hasn't lost much of her sexy stuff either. Good for her.