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The Killer Inside Me (2010)

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A West Texas Deputy Sheriff is slowly unmasked as a psychotic killer.

Writers:

John Curran, Jim Thompson (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Casey Affleck ... Lou Ford
Kate Hudson ... Amy Stanton
Jessica Alba ... Joyce Lakeland
Ned Beatty ... Chester Conway
Elias Koteas ... Joe Rothman
Tom Bower ... Sheriff Bob Maples
Simon Baker ... Howard Hendricks
Bill Pullman ... Billy Boy Walker
Brent Briscoe ... Bum / Stranger
Matthew Maher ... Deputy Jeff Plummer
Liam Aiken ... Johnnie Pappas
Jay R. Ferguson ... Elmer Conway
Ali Nazary Ali Nazary ... Max Pappas
Blake Lindsley ... Waitress
Zach Josse Zach Josse ... Lou - 13 (as Zachary Josse)
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Storyline

Sadism and masochism beneath a veneer of revenge. Lou Ford is a mild-mannered sheriff's deputy in a Texas oil town in the mid 1950's. His boss sends him to roust a prostitute living in a rural house. She slaps him; he hits her, then, after daily sex for the next few weeks, he decides it's love. She's devoted to him and becomes his pawn in a revenge plot she thinks is to shakedown the son of Chester Conway, the town's wealthy king of construction. Lou has a different plan, and bodies pile up as murder leads to murder. The district attorney suspects Lou, and Conway may have an inkling, but Lou stays cool. Is love, or at least peace, in the cards? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing brutal violence, aberrant sexual content and some graphic nudity | See all certifications »

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English

Release Date:

8 June 2010 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

El demonio bajo la piel See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£124,006 (United Kingdom), 6 June 2010, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,083, 20 June 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$214,966, 15 August 2010
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Katherine Heigl, Michelle Williams, Natalie Portman, and Sienna Miller were all considered to play Amy Stanton. See more »

Goofs

The blackmailer bum is shot 3 times by a lever action carbine. The last two shots are fired in rapid succession which is unlikely with a lever action carbine the way the deputy was shooting it. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sheriff Bob Maples: Name of Joyce Lakeland. Lives about four or five miles out on Derrick Road past the old Branch place.
Lou Ford: Oh, I know the old Branch place. She a hustling lady, Bob?
Sheriff Bob Maples: Well, I guess so, but she's - she's been pretty decent about it.
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The Old Fashioned Waltz
Written by Jess Williams
Performed by Jess Williams
By arrangement with EMI Music Publishing
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Effective dramatic thriller, has couple storytelling problems, but is still good
23 August 2010 | by Samiam3See all my reviews

Having read the novel by Jim Thompson, I think I can safely say that The Killer Inside Me sets a certain challenge for director Michael Winterbottom, or for that matter a challenge for anyone who wants to adapt it for the screen. It is a story that takes us deep into the mind of a Texas psychopath. Getting inside peoples heads is so much easier on pages than on screen. Winterbottom gives it a game shot, but doesn't quite manage to capture the book's depth and scope. The occasional use of narration (using segments from the book) or flashback, only helps a bit. Anyone who has not read the Thompson will find this movie somewhat hard to follow.

It's worth noting I guess that the movie is a noble adaptation, but for some odd reason, the plot is more convoluted in film format. There is a certain lack of explanation, and this is the film's biggest weakness. That does NOT mean however, that is isn't worth seeing.

As a dramatic thriller, The Killer Inside Me is effective. It is gritty, and grim, with good performances, nicely composed montages, and Winterbottom captures the essence of 1950's Texas fairly well. There is something kind of warm and communal about the town of Central City, the grass is green and the sun is always shining. Ignoring the fact that there is a psycho in the local law enforcement, which is discouraging, this is the kind of place where one might fancy a summer home. The movie comes with an ending that is absolutely devastating (despite being a bit rushy). Overall, Winterbottom makes mostly good decisions, but also a few not so good ones. He throws in country music jingles in places that are quite unnecessary.

I think I can recommend the film, but not without warning. It's tricky, and it needs a bit of a tune up. It's still an evocative drama though, which packs a dirty punch, and leaves you thinking.


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