Release Date: On DVD & Blu-ray, December 21st.
Written by: Tracy Letts.
Directed by: William Friedkin.
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Juno Temple, Emile Hirsch, Thomas Haden Church and Gina Gershon.
In an odd way, Killer Joe is a love story; sure, it's a creepy love story involving a 15-year-old girl and a sociopathic, murdering cop, but there it is. Amidst the brutality and disturbing nature of this cautionary tale, love blooms.
To be fair, Killer Joe isn't purely a Horror movie, but rather a gritty crime thriller that borders on the horrific. As genre lovers, we have to expand our repertoire past Slasher and ghost stories though, because the descriptor of Horror isn't always cut and dry. If we didn't, we'd miss out on some great flicks.
Plus, this movie contains a scene of chicken wing mouth-rape, so you know what, it counts.
Killer Joe to do the deed, because he's apparently a killer for hire, hence the "killer" part before his first name.
|One could also call him "Creeper Joe."|
|... everything but her love for Joe, that is.|
|Honey Boo Boo, she ain't.|
It's also nice to see Matthew McConagahghey (spelling his name sucks) in a vicious role like this for a change, instead of some cheesy rom-com or a movie about half-gay male strippers. He really is a much better actor than people give him credit for. He's crazy good here, and although the movie itself was great, he made it far better just for him playing the title role.
|Can a movie like this garner McConaughey an Oscar nod? Hmm...|
There's just a lot to like about this movie.
|It's only chicken, baby. What are you afraid of?|
Juno Temple. She isn't afraid to get fully naked for the sake of art, and for that, we are thankful. We also get a healthy dose of Matthew McConaughey's ass as well, but we're not really thankful for that, though we're sure some people are (gay guys/chicks.)
|Only in Texas.|
Killer Joe is a gritty Crime Thriller that shows us Matthew McConaughey in a different light; this is his personal version of Patrick Bateman. We would love to see him get some awards recognition for this role, because he's just that good in it. Awards or not, this is one movie that Horror fans will revel in, as long as they aren't expecting something along the lines of Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer. See this one when it hits home video in December, because we said so. That's usually a really good reason.
Juno Temple is a starlet on the rise, and thankfully for us, the Indie Darling is a Hottie too. Gina Gershon at 50-years-old hasn't lost much of her sexy stuff either. Good for her.