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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.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Lou Ford
... Amy Stanton
... Joyce Lakeland
... Chester Conway
... Joe Rothman
... Sheriff Bob Maples
... Howard Hendricks
... Billy Boy Walker
... Bum / Stranger
... Deputy Jeff Plummer
... Johnnie Pappas
... Elmer Conway
Ali Nazary ... Max Pappas
... Waitress
Zach Josse ... Lou - 13 (as Zachary Josse)


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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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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Release Date:

8 June 2010 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

El diablo bajo la piel  »


Box Office


$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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Sam Riley auditioned to play Lou Ford. See more »


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 »


[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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Una furtiva lagrima from L'elisir d'amore
Written by Gaetano Donizetti
Performed by Marcelo Álvarez (as Marcelo Alvarez) with Orchestra of Welsh National Opera (as The Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera)
Conducted by Carlo Rizzi
Courtesy of Sony Masterworks by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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compelling portrait of a sociopath in an engrossing thriller‏
7 December 2010 | by See all my reviews

Casey Affleck (Ben Affleck's younger brother) delivers a stunning performance as a psychopathic deputy sheriff; when his charming and well mannered guy appearance disappears the audience's shown violence both "ordinary" and of sexual kind. There's absolutely nothing voyeuristic in these scenes, difficult to see though they might be, on the contrary they're the moments where the movie really gets to make an impact on the viewers. The narrative's very gripping and Winterbottom's story manages to strongly connect on an emotional level. All the characters appear to have a "proximity" to the audience. On the whole the film always makes a strong impact and keeps the noir atmosphere required, furthermore its ability to shock is the key for being truthful and compelling.

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