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Twisted Dark Comedy 'Killer Joe' Coming to Blu-ray & DVD

4 December 2012 10:58 PM, PST | MoreHorror | See recent MoreHorror news »

By David Harkness, More Horror

The deep-fried twisted redneck trailer park dark comedy Killer Joe from Lionsgate Home Entertainment starring Matthew McConaughey releases on Blu-ray Disc, DVD, Video On Demand and Pay-Per-View December 21 (with early digital download window beginning December 14).

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From The Press Release:

Academy Award®-winning director William Friedkin (The French Connection, 1971) and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Tracy Letts (August: Osage County) take a trip into a Texas trailer park underworld in Killer Joe, arriving on Blu-ray Disc, DVD, Video On Demand and Pay-Per-View on Friday, December 21 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Killer Joe will also be available on Est December 14, one week prior to the Blu-ray, DVD and Video On Demand release. This twisted and darkly humorous story of Detective “Killer” Joe Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) has electrified audiences with its audacious spirit for deep-fried noir.

Featuring a critically acclaimed performance from McConaughey, Killer Joe »

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Killer Joe Fries its Way Home

4 December 2012 3:38 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

One of the most incredible directors of our time, William Friedkin's, new film Killer Joe is poised to make its Blu-ray and DVD debut, and we have all the details on what to expect once its here. Read on for more.

From the Press Release

Academy Award®-winning director William Friedkin (The French Connection, 1971) and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Tracy Letts (August: Osage County) take a trip into a Texas trailer park underworld in Killer Joe, arriving on Blu-ray Disc, DVD, Video On Demand and Pay-Per-View on Friday, December 21, from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Killer Joe will also be available on Est December 14, one week prior to the Blu-ray, DVD and Video On Demand release. This twisted and darkly humorous story of Detective “Killer” Joe Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) has electrified audiences with its audacious spirit for deep-fried noir.

Featuring a critically acclaimed performance from McConaughey, Killer Joe’s all-star cast also »

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Killer Joe hitting dvd/bluray on December 21st!

4 December 2012 3:35 PM, PST | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Fresh off of our review of the film, William Friedkin’s gothic Texas black comedy/thriller Killer Joe is hitting VOD/DVD/Bluray this month and we’ve got the details for you!

Los Angeles, CA October 16, 2012 – Academy Award®-winning director William Friedkin (The French Connection, 1971) and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Tracy Letts (August: Osage County) take a trip into a Texas trailer park underworld in Killer Joe, arriving on Blu-ray Disc, DVD, Video On Demand and Pay-Per-View on Friday, December 21 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Killer Joe will also be available on Est December 14, one week prior to the Blu-ray, DVD and Video On Demand release. This twisted and darkly humorous story of Detective “Killer” Joe Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) has electrified audiences with its audacious spirit for deep-fried noir.

Featuring a critically acclaimed performance from McConaughey, Killer Joe’s all-star cast also includes Emile Hirsch (Into The Wild), Juno Temple (The Dark Knight Rises »

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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Killer Joe

26 November 2012 12:41 PM, PST | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Dec. 21, 2012

Price: DVD $19.98, Blu-ray $24.99

Studio: Lionsgate

Matthew McConaughey surveys the scene in Killer Joe.

Matthew McConaughey (The Lincoln Lawyer), Emile Hirsch (Savages), Juno Temple (Dirty Girl), Thomas Haden Church (Easy A) and Gina Gershon (Breathless) star in the 2011 crime-drama thriller Killer Joe.

Finding himself in considerable debt, Chris (Hirsch), a Texan drug dealer, decides the only solution is to murder his mother (Gershon) to collect the insurance money. Getting together with his father, the ex-husband of Chris’ mother, they decide to hire contract killer Joe Cooper (McConaughey), who also happens to be a police detective. The plan is that the money will go to Chris’ sister Dottie (Temple). However due to the size of the contract fee, Chris agrees that Joe can take Dottie as a retainer until the insurance comes through. Wouldja believe that not everything goes as planned!?

Based upon the play by Tracy Letts »

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DVD Review: 'Killer Joe'

5 November 2012 2:31 AM, PST | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★★☆ Hitting roughly the same notes as Andrew Dominik's recession resonant mobster tale Killing Them Softly (2012), William Friedkin's Killer Joe (2011) is arguably the more depraved and nihilistic beast, a grease-smeared Texan crime thriller where immorality reigns supreme and beloved family members are expendable commodities. State native Matthew McConaughey continues his recent hot streak as the titular 'Killer' Joe Cooper, a renegade local police detective who moonlights as a contract hitman, hired by down-and-out drug dealer Chris (Emile Hirsch) to bump off his own mother for the insurance payout.

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What to Buy This Week: DVD and Blu-ray releases for November 5th

5 November 2012 2:01 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

It’s Monday, so we all know what that means! Yes, it’s time for another rundown of DVDs and Blu-ray’s hitting stores online and offline this week. It’s a jam-packed week, with plenty of movies waiting to take you money, so let us breakdown the new releases and highlight what you should – and shouldn’t – be buying from today, November 5th 2012.

Pick Of The Week

The Best of Family Guy (DVD)

Warning–this hilarious Family Guy collection may contain more irreverent humour, zany flashbacks and outrageous musical moments than you can handle. Inside you’ll find creator Seth MacFarlane’s 10 hand-picked favourite episodes, plus the “Road to the North Pole” double-length holiday episode chosen by you as the top fan-favourite, and all-new bonus content–including the “Seahorse Seashell Party” episode on DVD for the first time ever. You’ve laughed at the rest, now own the best… »

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DVD Review: Killer Joe

1 November 2012 4:13 PM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Killer Joe

Review by LondonFilmFan

Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch Juno Temple, Thomas Haden Church, Gina Gershon | Written by Tracy Letts | Directed by William Friedkin

For Killer Joe, director William Friedkin again teams with playwright Tracy Letts, in his first outing since the duo’s Bug in 2006.  This time the pair set their sights on a family of Texas rednecks and the hitman they strike a shameful deal with.  Black and bizarrely comedic, Killer Joe’s often shocking moments have earned it an Nc-17 kiss of death in America, despite having nary a glimpse of a Fassmember. For those who brave it, the film utilises a superb cast that makes the madness exceptionally enjoyable, in a dirty-feeling way.

Emile Hirsch gives a slightly stagey performance as Chris, the drug-dealing son whose life depends on coming up with a large sum of cash, toot sweet. As they saying goes, “it takes »

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Killer Joe DVD Review

29 October 2012 6:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: William Friedkin

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch, Thomas Haden Church, Gina Gershon, Juno Temple

Running Time: 102 minutes

Certificate: 18

William Friedkin has got a remarkable directorial history, delving into different genres with films such as The Exorcist and The French Connection and retaining a shadowy edge with every outing. Killer Joe is no exception, and the description black comedy-drama could never be more relevant.

The film centres on trailer-park failure Chris Smith (Emile Hersh), who loses his drugs to his mother and then has to come up with six thousand dollars to pay back the local dealer, or he’s dead. When Chris hears that his dilapidated Mom has an insurance plan, he decides to hire cop-yet-hit man Detective ‘Killer’ Joe Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) to sort out his problem for him but, let’s just say, Chris isn’t exactly in control of what subsequently happens. Upon arranging the deal with his dimwit father Ansel, »

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Killer Joe Movie Review, Trailer, Pictures & News

1 October 2012 4:54 AM, PDT | Sky Movies | See recent Sky Movies news »

Director William "The Exorcist" Friedkin makes an ultra-violent return to form with this jet black comedy. Needing cash to save his trailer trash neck, drug dealer Chris (Emile Hirsch) plots to have his mother bumped off for the insurance money. His assassin of choice is Dallas detective "Killer" Joe Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), a snake-eyed gun-for-hire who develops a disturbing hankering for Chris's Lolita-like sister Dottie (Juno Temple). »

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‘Killer Joe’ plays close to a more gratuitous, sweatier version of ‘Blood Simple’

18 August 2012 11:21 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Killer Joe

Directed by William Friedkin

United States, 2011

Director William Friedkin makes no bones about the inevitable (Nc-17) rating of his film with Sharla Smith’s (Gina Gershon) first appearance on-screen: shirt and no pants, and nothing hidden. This tone-setter, in the first five minutes of Killer Joe, accurately predicts a grimy, graphic film, where the squeamish audience member might find himself rushing to take a shower after the end credits roll.

Chris Smith (Emile Hirsch) is in debt to some violent people. He quickly concocts a plan with his Neanderthal-of-a-father Ansel (Thomas Haden Church) in the back of a strip club – where else? – to hire a contract killer to knock off Ansel’s ex-wife and collect on her insurance policy. The only problem: they don’t have the $25,000 retainer fee. So instead, Joe (Matthew McConaughey) agrees to take Chris’ sister Dottie (Juno Temple) as his down payment.

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St. Louis: Win Advance Tickets to ‘Killer Joe’

10 August 2012 11:14 AM, PDT | Destroy the Brain | See recent Destroy the Brain news »

Destroy the Brain & Ld Entertainment would like to invite you to a Free Advance Screening of Killer Joe. This one is definitely on our list of films to check out. We hear that Matthew McConaughey pulls in a great performance that should even attract his naysayers. If you even are remotely interested in this film, check it out on our dime. Please read all the rules in order to be qualified to win the advance tickets.

Synopsis:

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. »

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‘Killer Joe’ Review

27 July 2012 9:19 AM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

In Killer JoeChris Smith (Emile Hirsch) is a young, two-bit Texas washout with just enough smarts and small-time ambition to land himself in trouble with all the wrong kinds of people. Facing a debt he can’t pay down, Chris comes crashing into the trailer-trash world of his estranged family, which includes simpleton father Ansel (Thomas Haden Church), dragon-lady stepmother Sharla (Gina Gershon) and eccentric younger sister, Dottie (Juno Temple). Chris has a simple plan: hire a hitman to kill Ansel’s ex-wife (Chris and Dottie’s mother), and thereafter collect the $50,000 life insurance policy that will be bequeathed to Dottie.

The rest of the family jump at the chance to get rid of their devilish ex-matriarch, so Chris turns to “Killer” Joe Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), ...

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 30 Pairs of Passes to ‘Killer Joe’ (Nc-17) With Matthew McConaughey

25 July 2012 2:40 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film with our unique social giveaway technology, we have 30 admit-two movie passes up for grabs to the advance screening of “Killer Joe” (rated “Nc-17”) starring Matthew McConaughey and Emile Hirsch from playwright Tracy Letts! You must be 18+ to enter and win this Hookup!

Killer Joe” also stars Juno Temple, Thomas Haden Church, Gina Gershon, Scott A. Martin, Gralen Bryant Banks, Carol Sutton, Danny Epper, Jeff Galpin, Marc Macaulay, Gregory C. Bachaud and Charley Vance from director William Friedkin and writer Tracy Letts based on the play by Tracy Letts. The film from Ld Entertainment is rated “Nc-17” for graphic, disturbing content involving violence and sexuality and a scene of brutality.

To win your free advance-screening movie passes to “Killer Joe” courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our unique Hookup technology directly below. That’s it! This screening is on Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at 7 p. »

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Wamg At The Killer Joe Press Day

24 July 2012 5:11 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

On Wednesday, July 18th, Wamg attended the press day for the totally twisted, deep-fried, Texas redneck, Billy Friedkin-directed, Nc-17-rated, trailer park murder story Killer Joe at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. In attendance were Matthew McConaughey, Gina Gershon, Juno Temple, and Emile Hirsch, and we have the round tables for you below.

Killer Joe Press Day W/ Matthew McConaughey & Emile Hirsch

Killer Joe Press Day W/ Juno Temple & Gina Gershon

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 set his sight on Dottie as collateral for the job. The contract killer and his hostage develop an unusual bond. »

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Second Opinion - Killer Joe (2011)

15 July 2012 11:52 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Killer Joe, 2011.

Directed by William Friedkin.

Starring Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch, Thomas Haden Church, Gina Gershon and Juno Temple.

Synopsis:

A young loser in urgent need of cash hires a contract killer to take out his mother in order to collect on the insurance.

Killer Joe is the best film I never want to see again.

Actually, that’s not quite true. I want to see Killer Joe again because it is one of the best films I have seen all year, due to its clever and very funny script, the fantastic performances of the cast, and really strong direction from acclaimed veteran film-maker William Friedkin (The Exorcist). A more accurate statement is that I don’t think I could sit through it again.

Killer Joe is an exploitation crime thriller, based on a play of the same name and set in a poor part of Texas, where it focuses »

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Movie Review - Killer Joe (2011)

3 July 2012 4:55 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Killer Joe, 2011.

Directed by William Friedkin.

Starring Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch, Gina Gershon, Juno Temple and Thomas Haden Church.

Synopsis:

In debt to a local gangster, a small-time drug dealer puts out a hit on his own mother to collect her life insurance, which attracts the interest of a policeman who moonlights as a contract killer.

Legendary filmmaker William Friedkin returns with his first film in six years with the gloriously violent and darkly comic Killer Joe. Whilst it doesn’t match up to his legendary work of The French Connection, Cruising, The Exorcist, or even his last effort Bug, it is certainly one of the year’s most interesting and captivating films, and easily the most controversial.

Based on the stage play by Tracy Letts, who gave Friedkin the material for one of his best films in Bug, Killer Joe is set mostly inside a mobile home in Dallas, »

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Killer Joe Review: Masterfully Savage, Darkly Comic Neo-Noir

29 June 2012 8:55 PM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

William Friedkin belongs to a small caste of directors, alongside the likes of Clint Eastwood and the late Sidney Lumet, who despite heightened age, never appeared to slow down much throughout their careers. Friedkin’s latest film, Killer Joe, propels forward with the guttural, audacious energy of a hungry young filmmaker, immediately becoming one of his finest efforts to date in the process.

Reminiscent perhaps most recently of The Coen Brothers’ No Country for Old Men, Killer Joe is a pulpier-than-pulp riff that serves as a travelogue of the seedy Texan underbelly, from ramshackle trailer parks, to the corrupt corridors of authority, and the crime lords in between. Young Chris Smith (Emile Hirsch) belongs to a trailer trash family, including father Ansel (Thomas Hayden Church), step-mother Sharla (Gina Gershon), and sister Dottie (Juno Temple). Falling upon hard times after owing money to the local crime boss, »

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Competition: Win a ‘Killer Joe’ poster signed by William Friedkin

29 June 2012 12:44 PM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

From cult director William Friedkin comes the shockingly cool, controversial and brutal black comedy, Killer Joe – which is UK cinemas from today courtesy of eOne.

The Problem: Small-time drug dealer Chris Smith (Emile Hirsch) has had his entire stash stolen by his very own mother and he needs cash fast.

The Solution: His mother’s $50,000 life insurance policy would more than cover it.

The Problem: She needs to be dead.

The Solution: Enter Detective Joe Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), a charming, sultry Southern gentleman who also happens to be a deadly contract killer. He’ll happily dispose of an unwanted family member – if you pay him enough.

Chris agrees to offer up his sweet, attractive younger sister, Dottie (Juno Temple), as sexual collateral in exchange for Joe’s services until he receives the insurance money and it all seems so simple.

It turns out to be anything but.

Dottie isn’t »

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Killer Joe – review

29 June 2012 7:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Matthew McConaughey is another of William Friedkin's unquiet spirits, as a hitman-cop who rides roughshod over a dysfunctional Dallas family

The career of William Friedkin will always be defined by The French Connection, with its violent and amoral cop, and The Exorcist, featuring a little girl inhabited by demonic forces. There's a hint of both these unquiet spirits in Friedkin's new film: a gruesome, brutally violent and queasy trailer-park nightmare from deep in the heart of Texas. It's adapted by Tracy Letts from his 1993 play (Friedkin also turned Letts's play Bug into a film in 2006), and its theatrical origins do become obvious in the way certain characters are left disconcertingly off screen; the movie is concluded with a long, slow and single-location sequence, which makes it looks oddly like a filmed stage play. There is also a bit of what screenwriters call "sexposition": that is, if you have »

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Killer Joe Review

29 June 2012 6:58 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Teaming up with writer Tracy Letts of Bug again, The Exorcist and The French Connection director William Friedkin decides to go down the depressingly claustrophobic route of his 2006 film, trapping us with his characters in a seemingly hopeless spiral of existence in Killer Joe. However, there is some depraved glee that this filmmaker takes in toying with his hapless cast, and his latest film is no exception nor for the faint-hearted.

When Chris Smith (Emile Hirsch) finds himself in debt again, he decides to put a hit out on his evil mother for cashing in on her life insurance, with the help of Texan detective and assassin-for-hire ‘Killer’ Joe Cooper (Matthew McConaughey). The trouble is his family don’t have the doe to pay the sinister Joe upfront who asks for retainer in Chris’s young and emotionally challenged sister Dottie (Juno Temple). With so many secrets threatening to unravel the plan, »

- Lisa Giles-Keddie

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