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Killer Joe (2011)

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When a debt puts a young man's life in danger, he turns to putting a hit out on his evil mother in order to collect the insurance.



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Finding himself in considerable debt, Chris a Texan drug dealer, decides the only solution is to murder his mother to collect the insurance money. Getting together with his father, the ex-husband of Chris' mother, they decide to hire Joe Cooper a contract killer, who also happens to be a police detective. The plan is that the money will go to Chris' sister Dottie. However due to the size of the contract fee, Chris agrees that Joe can take Dottie as a retainer until the insurance comes through. Written by Anonymous

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Never trust a corrupt detective See more »


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong and disturbing violence, sexuality, graphic nudity, drug use and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

29 June 2012 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Killer Joe: A Twisted Redneck Trailer Park Murder Story  »

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Box Office


$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$37,864 (USA) (27 July 2012)


$1,987,762 (USA) (12 October 2012)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The CD soundtrack was released on August 23rd, 2012 by Milan Records in North America. See more »


During the train track scene with Chris and Dottie, his facial scars are missing. See more »


Chris Smith: Open the door!
Sharla Smith: [answers door, naked] What?
Chris Smith: Jesus, put some clothes on! The whole neighborhood can see. Why would you answer the door like that?
Sharla Smith: I didn't know it was you.
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Crazy Credits

The unrated DVD retains the MPAA's NC-17 graphic at the end, although the rating was surrendered. See more »


Spoofed in OMG It's the Killer Joe XXX Parody (2013) See more »


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User Reviews

What did I just watch???
18 September 2011 | by (Burlington, Ontario) – See all my reviews

Just off watching this last night at TIFF 2011, I am still reeling from what I actually witnessed on the screen.

First of all, where has Gina Gershon been?? Her character was so believable in this, I almost forgot she was in Showgirls :)

I could say the same thing about nearly every other character as well. They all have such subtle personalities, it seems as though they are playing themselves.

As for the plot, it is somewhat standard fare, as the trailer could easily giveaway, however it's how it progresses and pans out, is the most interesting aspect of the film.

There are a few scenes which some will find very hard to watch (in fact, during one now-notorious scene, dozens of people left the screening I was at), but if you stick with them, you will be in for a... treat? I'm not so sure, but you will have never seen anything like it, nor will you.

For the cast's performances alone, I highly recommend this film, but if you are feint of heart, or become queasy at the site of blood, maybe skip it.

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