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Kill List -- An out-of-work hitman with no job, money, health insurance and a wife constantly on his case takes on a new assignment.
Kill List -- An ex-soldier turned contract killer is pressured by his partner into taking a new assignment, one that threatens to unravel them both.

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2 September 2011 (Ireland) See more »
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Plot:
Nearly a year after a botched job, a hitman takes a new assignment with the promise of a big payoff for three killings. What starts off as an easy task soon unravels, sending the killer into the heart of darkness. | Add synopsis »
Awards:
5 wins & 13 nominations See more »
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A dark modern masterpiece See more (185 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Neil Maskell ... Jay

MyAnna Buring ... Shel
Harry Simpson ... Sam

Michael Smiley ... Gal
Emma Fryer ... Fiona

Struan Rodger ... The Client

Esme Folley ... Hotel Receptionist

Ben Crompton ... Justin
Gemma Lise Thornton ... Keira

Robin Hill ... Stuart
Zoe Thomas ... Hotel Waitress

Gareth Tunley ... The Priest
Jamelle Ola ... Hotel Receptionist 2
Mark Kempner ... The Librarian
Damien Thomas ... The Doctor
Lora Evans ... Thorn Blindfold Woman

Robert Hill ... High Priest
Rebecca Holmes ... The Bride
James Nickerson ... MP
David Bowen ... Father of the Bride
Sara Dee ... News Reader

Alice Lowe ... Radio Reporter

Steve Oram
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tom Adcock ... Procession Member
Chaelyn Allcock ... Procession Member
Jennifer Andrews
James Bateson ... Procession Member
Ken Birch
Janice Bird
Alex Blake ... Procession Member
Edward Booth
John Chappell ... Procession Member
Joan Cooper
Lynn Copperfield
Frenchie Cowley ... Procession Member
Glynn Davies ... Procession Member
David Charles Denwood
Daphne Eland
Shane Fitzsimmons ... Procession Member
Katya Galiana-Philip ... Procession Member
Brian Gaugan ... Procession Member
Lorna Gladhill ... Procession Member
Karl Halliwell ... Procession Member
Sharron Hardy
Alice Harrand ... Procession Member
Bianca Hay ... Procession Member
Josh Honeybourne ... Procession Member
Ciaran Humphries ... Procession Member
Gareth James ... Procession Member (as Gareth Ian James)
Lucie James ... Procession Member
Alex Janczenia ... Procession Member
Niki Jones ... Procession Member
Pat Kelly
Nick Lea ... Procession Member
Nadine Lloyd
Ann Lomax ... Procession Member
Keith Lomax ... Procession Member
Lauren Maile-Wilson ... Procession Member
David Mares ... Procession Member
Jimmy May ... Procession Member
Dave McKinley ... Procession Member
Emily McKinley ... Procession Member
Richard Mileham ... Procession Member
Josh Moore ... Procession Member
Hannah Murton ... Procession Member
Joy Palmer
Stephen Preston
Aahid Rasool
Stephen Rawsley ... Procession Member
Hannah Renton ... Procession Member
Simon Smith ... Procession Member
Lee Steele ... Born-Again Christian
Andy Stirling ... Procession Member
Richard Stocks ... Wicker Face
John Striker
Ann Turner ... Procession Member
Dennis Turner ... Procession Member
Dorothy Webb
Stuart Webb
Lyn Wesson
Janice Worsley ... Procession Member

Directed by
Ben Wheatley 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Amy Jump 
Ben Wheatley 

Produced by
Katherine Butler .... executive producer
Ally Gipps .... associate producer
Robin Gutch .... executive producer
Hugo Heppell .... executive producer
Mark Herbert .... executive producer
Claire Jones .... producer
Barry Ryan .... co-producer
Andrew Starke .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jim Williams 
 
Cinematography by
Laurie Rose (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Robin Hill 
Amy Jump 
Ben Wheatley 
 
Casting by
Ali Fearnley 
 
Production Design by
David Butterworth 
 
Art Direction by
Julie Ann Horan 
Nick Wilkinson (supervising art director)
 
Costume Design by
Lance Milligan 
 
Makeup Department
Mike H.G. Bates .... prosthetic makeup artist
Patt Foad .... assistant makeup artist
Patt Foad .... special makeup fx artist
Fiona Lavin .... makeup department head
Mike Stringer .... special makeup effects artist
 
Production Management
Fiona Lamptey .... production manager: Film4
Kate Larking .... production manager
Fiona Morham .... head of production: UK Film Council
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sebastian Hendry .... third assistant director
James Sharpe .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Malcolm Gilbert .... construction coordinator
Philiy Page .... props
Adrian Pullen .... set painter
Matt Risbey .... construction assistant
Caine Shirovay .... props
Nigel Tandy .... set painter
Nick Wilkinson .... supervising art director
 
Sound Department
Ben Collinson .... boom operator
Rob Entwistle .... sound recordist
Martin Pavey .... sound designer
 
Special Effects by
Jim Allen .... flame operator
Ben Ashmore .... special effects supervisor
Cyriak Harris .... graphics
Matthew Strange .... lead armourer
Mike Wild .... armourer
 
Visual Effects by
Jim Allen .... visual effects
Big Buoy .... visual effects
Ian Harland .... vfx post-producer
Chris Taylor .... vfx compositor
Christopher Taylor .... digital compositor
 
Stunts
Glenn Marks .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Nick Gillespie .... first assistant camera
Nick Gillespie .... still photographer
Neil Lammond .... jib operator
Terry Maskell .... head lighting technician
Rob Mitchell .... video overlay operator
 
Casting Department
Paula McKie .... extras casting
Mohsan Qureshi .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Hayley Neil .... costume assistant
 
Editorial Department
Chris Brown .... assistant editor
Perry Gibbs .... colorist
Alice Harrand .... second assistant editor
Rahat Kulshreshtha .... post-production coordinator
Mandy Miller .... post production paperwork
Jason Rayton .... dit technician
 
Music Department
Lisa Abbot .... vocals
Ian Belton .... violin
Paul Golding .... music mix engineer
 
Transportation Department
George Morris .... picture vehicle co-ordinator
 
Other crew
Nicky Ball .... crew & freelance development manager, screen yorkshire
Bob Barker .... unit paramedic
Chris Besseling .... uk senior marketing manager: studiocanal
Daniel Bird .... runner
Anita Christy .... continuity
Anita Christy .... script supervisor
Sue Clark .... animal handler
Darren Conway .... runner
Leonard Crooks .... head of New Cinema Fund: UK Film Council
Nick Girvan .... location scout
Jude Goldrei .... production assistant
Nadia Hall .... location scout
Sebastian Hendry .... runner
Chris Hordley .... production liaison manager
Tom Jenkins .... location manager
David Johnstone .... insurance services: Media Insurance Brokers
Gareth Jones .... production accountant
Tracey Josephs .... head of production: Film 4
Ian 'Fingers' Lisi .... location security (as Ian Lisi)
Ian 'Fingers' Lisi .... unit security (as Ian Lisi)
Alex Marshall .... head of business and legal affairs
Barry Ryan .... head of production: Warp X
Niall Shamma .... head of finance: warp X
Michael D. Walsh .... assistant production coordinator
Samantha Warner .... continuity
 
Thanks
Adam Diskin .... special thanks
Pete Tombs .... special thanks
 

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95 min
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Trivia:
Wilhelm Scream: When Gal fires his shotgun at the masked pursuers just after the hanging.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: In the hotel lobby, Jay uses a chip and pin payment for their room. It is obvious that the Visa card being used is put in the wrong way round. The chip is directly below the Visa logo in the top left hand corner of the card which can easily be seen whilst in the card reader.See more »
Quotes:
Jay:They are bad people. They should suffer.See more »
Movie Connections:
References "Beadle's About" (1986)See more »
Soundtrack:
It Could Have Been BetterSee more »

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46 out of 88 people found the following review useful.
A dark modern masterpiece, 1 September 2011
Author: Condom-full-of-Hatred from Ireland

So I got to see this one last night at a preview in Dublin. It's getting rave reviews from those lucky enough to see it on the festival circuit the last few months, so was glad to check it out before the hype machine took over and spoiled the whole film for me. Although I will mention plot here, I strongly advise those wanting to see it to read and watch as little as possible; it's a film best experienced going in blind, as they say.

Anyways, Kill List follows two old friends who happen to be hit men carrying out their first job together in months. It seems their last job didn't go so well, and Jay (Neil Maskell) is properly haunted by it. Coping with a nagging wife and mounting credit card bills to maintain their semi-wealthy lifestyle is taking its toll on him too, but his pal Gal (Michael Smiley) is on hand to get him back in the saddle. After a tension-filled dinner party, the two head off to meet their new employer in a shady hotel room. The fact that their contract is signed in blood should set off alarm bells for these two. They are given a list of three that need to die, and from here they launch themselves into a dark odyssey of murder, confusion and paranoia that doesn't let up until the credits roll.

To say anything more plot-wise would certainly ruin the film. From the opening frames of an embarrassing and intense domestic argument, the viewer is struck by a strong sense of foreboding and brooding tension that carries on for the entire film. You never truly feel at ease with these characters. This is helped by the spot on performances from all the leads, as well as the un-intrusive camera work and direction that allows the characters to breath instead of cutting for stylistic reasons. This sense of direction also plays well for the scenes of violence, which are frequent and some (particualrly the hammer execution scene) disturbingly realistic. As the tension and unnerving nature of the plot unfolds, we are taken through the darkness by characters that are not only nasty people, but somehow human and sympathetic. A very tough thing to pull off, but director Ben Wheatley and the cast get it perfect.

Despite all of this, the film is also surprisingly funny; the humour comes naturally through the characters and the bleakness of everything around them and never takes you out of the mood of the film. Sure, it's black humour, but it's still very funny in parts. You can believe these two have been friends for years.

Some people are going to have a problem with the final act, but I think it worked perfectly. Some at the screening found it confusing, and those who are writing reviews saying the last ten minutes are completely left-field clearly haven't been watching the film properly. The complex resolution is explained through image more than dialogue, and if you are not paying attention to seemingly insignificant mise-en-scene you may miss it entirely.

Overall I think this is the best horror film I have seen this year. Funny, disturbing, unnerving and a film that will stick in your head long after it is over.

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