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Murder, trailer parks, backstabbing, and…fried chicken? Some interesting ingredients to a film, but William Friedkin’s Killer Joe utilizes all four of them into a movie that is at times hilarious, awkward and downright scary all at once. While it’s not necessarily a horror film per se’, there are quite a few interesting and sometimes brutal elements to it that put it close enough for me to spend some time on it here. So, slip on your boots, dust off your southern accents, and heat up that chicken, it’s Killer Joe time.

Adapted by actor/playwright Tracy Letts from his 1993 play and directed by the great William Friedkin (they had previously collaborated on 2006′s Bug), Killer Joe focuses on Chris (Emile Hirsch), a small time drug dealer who is knee deep in debt to a local loan shark/dealer and is desperate to not get himself killed over it. »

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