Killer Joe is about a young man putting out a hit on his mean mother, because he needs to pay off a debt that might cost him his life.
Killer Joe, in this instance, is a cop who runs a side business as a hit man. When the young man who wants his mom dead can’t pay the fee for her assassination upfront, the hit man comes up with a different method of payment: he wants to have sex with the young man’s virgin sister.
Apparently, hijinks ensue.
Academy Award winner William Friedkin, who made The French Connection and The Exorcist, is directing Killer Joe, from a screenplay by Tracy Letts, who wrote the film Bug a few years back and played a Sheriff in U.S. Marshals. Friedkin also directed Bug, so the two have worked together before.
Killer Joe Trailer
Killer Joe Release Date
Who’s In It?
Matthew McConaughey … Killer Joe Cooper
Emile Hirsch … Chris Smith
Juno Temple … Dottie Smith
Thomas Haden Church … Ansel Smith
Gina Gershon … Sharla Smith
Scott Martin¹ … Pizza Manager
Gralen Bryant Banks … Pizza Patron
Carol Sutton … Saleslady
Danny Epper … G-Man
Jeff Galpin … Biker Thug
Marc Macaulay … Digger Soames
Gregory C. Bachaud … Filpatrick
Charley Vance … Preacher
What’s Good About It?
Friedkin has made some seriously awesome films, the buzz around Killer Joe is solid, and the cast looks good. And I heard that Juno Temple gets naked. That should be good.
What’s Bad About It?
The awesome films Friedkin made were all in the 70s. Admittedly, I liked The Hunted, but most of his later films have been turds.
Our Clever Prediction
I don’t think Killer Joe will be a big hit, but it looks to be a solid film that should give Matthew McConaughey some cred back after making so many stupid movies. Don’t hold your breath for a massive hit though.