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The Killing Jar (2010)

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A stranger armed with a shotgun takes seven patrons hostage in a remote roadside diner. But as the body count increases, the desperate survivors discover that one of the hostages may be even more dangerous than their captor.



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A stranger armed with a shotgun takes seven patrons hostage in a remote roadside diner. But as the body count increases, the desperate survivors discover that one of the hostages may be even more dangerous than their captor.

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Rated R for strong bloody violence, and for language

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January 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Asesinos al Amanecer  »

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$400,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


At the very beginning of the movie, while Noreen is lounging behind the counter, there are two pies on the kitchen serving window. A short while later, Jimmy places the second pie in the window. See more »


[first lines]
Noreen: Whew, sure is hot out tonight.
Hank: Hot.
Lonnie: Hotter than nine naked women in a Volkswagen.
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"No butterflies were harmed during the making of this film." See more »


References The Andy Griffith Show (1960) See more »


The One I Need
Written by James Saez, Lew Temple and Laura Saez
Performed by Amber Benson, Laura Saez
Published by Rosalyrics Publishing
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A Small Town Thriller with a Big Heart
22 August 2010 | by See all my reviews

When i first saw this movie appear on my local DVD store shelf, i wondered why it never saw light of day at my local cinema.

Michael Madsen and Amber Benson are the main stars here, and they put in a couple of fine performances. Possibly Michael Madsen most similar performance since his infamous role one in Reservoir Dogs. In fact, there is even a "Mr Green" here too! The film is shot entirely in one location (a diner) during one particular night. The diner is home to Noreen, a waitress who although unsatisfied with her job, is the type of small town girl who is happy to just do it. Meanwhile, the patrons comprise of various people who are stopping by on their way through, and we get to know each one a little more in detail as the movie progresses.

The movie flows along at a steady pace, and the director ensures this is maintained throughout the movie. This is a positive thing, as it allows us to enter the small town philosophy a little easier. The music throughout is also excellently chosen, and by the time the titles came up at the end i was ready to rush out and buy the CD.

However, one essential thing to take into account when you watch this movie is, don't take it too seriously. I became a little frustrated at why some parts of the story weren't removed and other parts put in. For example, why out of two strangers who walk into a diner does Noreen warm to one, and alienate the other all based on a radio report? And why doesn't the director utilise the video camera that the 2 kids bring to the diner to add some depth to the plot? But maybe this on purpose, as a red herring for people who look too deep into plot lines.

Putting these small gripes aside, if you enjoy a small town thriller that may have a small budget, but sure has a big heart, fried up with a couple of fine performances then this is a great Saturday night movie.

I certainly enjoyed it, and whilst it wont go down as a classic, i would recommend it for those late night Saturday blues, its intriguing, exciting, but if you're looking for a film that will keep you on the edge of your seat, then this isn't the one for you.

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