6.7/10
65,593
227 user 377 critic

Killer Joe (2011)

Trailer
2:27 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $3.99 (SD) on Prime Video

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.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (play)
Reviews
Popularity
2,875 ( 1,245)
9 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Killer Joe Cooper
... Chris Smith
... Dottie Smith
... Ansel Smith
... Sharla Smith
... Digger Soames
... Pizza Patron (as Graylen Banks)
... Saleslady
... G-Man
... Biker Thug
... Pizza Manager (as Scott Martin)
Gregory C. Bachaud ... Filpatrick
... Preacher
Edit

Storyline

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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Never trust a corrupt detective See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official site

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

29 June 2012 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Killer Joe: A Twisted Redneck Trailer Park Murder Story  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$37,864, 29 July 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,987,762

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,665,069
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(original) | (cut)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Killer Joe was the first play Tracy Letts wrote, in 1991. See more »

Goofs

When Joe is pouring the alcohol on Adele she can be seen swallowing and breathing. See more »

Quotes

Killer Joe Cooper: Do you want me to wear your face?
See more »

Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Featured in The 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Led Pud
Written by Steve Boeddeker
Performed by Dogs of Distortion
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
in a nut-shell: a wild, soaked-in-gasoline-on-fire film-noir
19 November 2011 | by See all my reviews

This is about... hmm... about a father and son who want to kill the mother of the family to collect the insurance money from her death, and hire a killer (also a cop) who decides to take 'as a retainer' the younger sister of the family while they come up with the cash to pay him. It's always refreshing when your first though when this ends is - where did THAT come from?

By far this is Matthew McConaughey's most WTF-bad-ass performance, with touches of Dennis Hopper in Blue Velvet and even Anton Chigurh. He's such a fantastic, seductive, snake-like villain here, because after the first couple of times you see him, you're not quite sure where he'll go. Friedkin takes this material into some VERY dark places (I imagine based off of the play, once again like 'Bug' from Tracy Letts), and if you aren't offended after the first ten minutes, you just gotta hang on for the rest of the ride. It's a twisted-f**k film-noir comedy of horrors where morality is so screwed that you have to laugh to not recoil from where it goes ultimately.

The ending had me howling with laughter, recoiling in pain, and just stunned by McConaughey suddenly shattering an image he's built up for himself over the past fifteen years as a rom-com hack. It's his film, along with the unlikely-attractive actress Juno Temple, who has a seduction scene with 'Killer Joe' that is edge-of-your-seat. For those of us sick- bastards looking for something off the wall, it's one of the must-sees of the year. Not as surreal as Blue Velvet, but not as poorly-crafted trash as a Grindhouse movie. It's in an area somewhere in-between, and I can't wait to see it again.


182 of 261 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 227 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed