But first, what exactly is this Killer Joe flick I’m talking about? Based on a play by Pulitzer and Tony Award winner Tracy Letts, Killer Joe is a feature film to be released by LD Films on July 27. Directed by William Friedkin (The Exorcist, To Live Or Die In LA), LD Films is releasing it with it’s original NC-17 rating intact. Because many theaters will not play a film rated NC-17, and Television and Print will often not run advertisements for the film, this is an awesome, albeit risky, move you don’t normally see in these terribly politically correct, saccharine times. I tip my hat to you, LD Films. The film stars Matthew McConaugheyEmile HirschJuno TempleThomas Haden Church and Gina Gershon.

Here’s a brief synopsis from Bloody Disgusting:

When 22-year-old Chris (Emile Hirsch) finds himself in debt to a drug lord, he hires a hit man to dispatch his mother, whose $50,000 life insurance policy benefits his sister Dottie (Juno Temple). Chris finds Joe Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), a creepy, crazy Dallas cop who moonlights as a contract killer. When Chris can’t pay Joe upfront, Joe sets his sight on Dottie as collateral for the job. The contract killer and his hostage develop an unusual bond. Like from a modern-day, twisted fairy tale, “Killer Joe” Cooper becomes the prince to Dottie’s Cinderella.

From that synopsis and the trailer (below), this looks like it is going to be a badass flick. Not exactly horror, but certainly horrific in sheer violence and menace.


  1. NC-17? You have my attention…

    Comment by Eva — May 11, 2012 @ 10:03 pm

  2. Thanks for commenting Eva. Yes, Killer Joe looks like it’s going to be a helluva ride and I can’t wait to take it. There aren’t many flicks that get an NC-17 rating these days, so this is really something special. It’ll probably only get limited theatrical release, but now that I live in NYC, I’ll more than likely be able to check it out. Thanks for dropping by the site!

    Comment by aaron — May 13, 2012 @ 6:20 pm

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