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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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Release Date:

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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Several scenes the pistol held by different people was not cocked. It was a single action M1911A1 Colt type semi auto pistol. It was not a double action type where you pull the trigger and it cocks the hammer for you. You can't just pull the trigger and it fires. To fire an uncocked pistol is impossible. 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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Crazy Credits

"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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Nice bit of bloody, downbeat fun
21 November 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Straight to video and indie films are always a huge gamble, and one arena where the expression 'don't judge a book by its cover' is all but useless. I've waded through endless B movie garbage trying to find gems among the filth. It's tricky because it's either amateurish nonsense or surprisingly enjoyable genre flicks, there's just no middle ground. The Killing Jar, however, falls into the latter category. It's all nicely nasty thriller with vague shades of Hitchcock, and an almost horror vibe at times. It concerns a group of people in a twenty four hour diner who realize there's more than a few unsavory killers in their midst, of both the obvious and hidden variety. There's the pretty waitress (Amber Benson), squirrelly Deputy (Lee Temple), the regular joe (Harrold Perrineau), the short order cook (Danny Trejo), the rough neck trucker (Waingro- I mean Kevin Gage) and a few others. They are peacefully going about their business when dangerous looking John Doe (Michael Madsen) strolls in and begins to terrorize them all with a great big ol' shotgun, for apparently no reason. It soon becomes clear there's someone worse hiding in plain sight, someone involved with a shady criminal (Jake Busey) who just might be discovered inadvertently in Doe's rampage. I will never get tired of watching Madsen play a mean spirited tough guy, and he's nastier than he's been in years here, throwing around scowls and barking threats, dishing out really gruesome wanton violence and generally just badassing it up. It's by no means a great movie, but it's nice, nasty genre fun that isn't afraid to get its hands dirty and tell an unsettling little story that's surprisingly well thought out for a direct to video effort.

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