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Billy Friedkin's KILLER JOE poster is finger licking good! And the movie kicks ass too!

Hey folks, Harry here...   Saw my first SXSW movie yesterday, I was invited to check out a tech screening for Friedkin's KILLER JOE, since I'm going to be moderating the post-film Q&A Saturday night at the Paramount - and really wanted to see the film and have time to think about it before the event.  

This is a crime film.   One of them...  kinda like DOUBLE INDEMNITY stories, except taking place in a trailer park with a crazed barknuts pitbull yanking at a chain.  Set up in the Dallas/Ft Worth area of Texas, this film deals with drug dealing, professional killing, Life Insurance scams and oddly enough.. LOVE.

There's also more BUSH in this film than anything you've seen in a theater recently that wasn't made in the Seventies.   Gina Gershon's character is introduced that way.   It feels like a film you'd watch with BLOOD SIMPLE.   That hot and sweaty Texas brand of crime noir.   Double crosses, general stupidity and sex.   

Matthew is pretty great as KILLER JOE, Thomas Haden Church plays a great sad sack, Gina - smoking hot as usual.   Emile Hirsch is probably the acting shout out of the film, but Juno Temple is someone I couldn't take my eyes off of her.  Her innocence & where she takes it in this film.   It's just the sort of intense performance that I love seeing in a Friedkin film.

This is going to play very well at the Paramount Theater Saturday night!


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  • March 9, 2012, 5:58 p.m. CST

    Nice to have Friedkin back.

    by john

    Fuckin interesting dude, and a great director.

  • March 9, 2012, 6:05 p.m. CST

    I will always make time for a Friedkin film...

    by Jay

    Even his bad films are interesting misfires. But the fact is he's made three of my favorites. French Connection, Exorcist, & To Live & Die In LA. He gets a lifetime pass from me. Now with the new remastered French Connection Blu-ray finally out (With proper colors) can we please get Sorcerer, Cruising, & The Guardian on Blu-ray?

  • March 9, 2012, 6:35 p.m. CST

    Sweet! Hopefully it has more energy than Bug. Any word on a trailer?

    by Tank Williams

  • March 9, 2012, 6:35 p.m. CST

    More BUSH

    by David_Denmans_Beard

    I can't be the only one who read that line by itself and immediately though half the Bush family was featured prominently in the film. Thank fuck that isn't the case.

  • March 9, 2012, 7:01 p.m. CST

    Hilarious if you like your humour dark and twisted

    by Jon

    This movie is hilarious but if you don't like black comedy (or don't really know if you do or don't), STAY AWAY. It's still got a bit of the play trappings and feels a bit confined as a movie but that's the only major issue I had with it. Saw this at the Elgin at TIFF and it tore the house down. It was like a Midnight Madness screening. But seriously - gonna have to repeat it - if you don't like black comedy. Don't see this. If you're one of those people who think Very Bad Things was one of the most vile things ever made. Don't see this.

  • March 9, 2012, 7:19 p.m. CST


    by Billy_D_Williams

    The recent Bug was also very very good.

  • March 9, 2012, 7:19 p.m. CST

    You can never have too much bush.

    by Brank Hud

    I love bush. And I miss seventies bush. Bring on the bush!

  • March 9, 2012, 7:23 p.m. CST

    Hellooooooooo all good buddies

    by ajit maholtra

    The party can get started. ajit is here.

  • I Spit On Your Grave has got to be the worst one (the remake). They show a side shot of the chick and she has no bush...then once they flip to the front she's got a huge bush.

  • March 9, 2012, 7:42 p.m. CST

    Harry, William Friedkin can kick your ass

    by Proman1984

  • March 9, 2012, 7:43 p.m. CST


    by notcher

    I'll take another Friedkin film over Brett Ratner trash any day.

  • March 9, 2012, 7:50 p.m. CST

    Written by Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy Letts!

    by SnootyBoots

    I like that they not only have the writer on the poster but they've got him listed after the director. Could a movie poster actually be suggesting that, sure, somebody directed it, but it's the writer who really counts? I'd like to see more of that.

  • March 9, 2012, 7:55 p.m. CST


    by Randy

  • March 9, 2012, 8:21 p.m. CST

    Mr. Moe...

    by notcher

    He's a guy who on occasion makes good points, but in between makes far too many stupid comments like the one above. Like many shitty "sayings" on this site, "Fact" is his self proclaimed stamp on every comment. However, I believe he's the only one who believes his comments are all facts. Either that, or he thinks it's funny, which it's not, but who cares, you won't convince him either way. I tend to ignore it.

  • March 9, 2012, 8:33 p.m. CST

    I find Creepythinman entertaining! OPINION!!!

    by gotilk

    And I'm sticking to it.

  • March 9, 2012, 8:42 p.m. CST

    Today when I was at the mall, the Push It song came on

    by ajit maholtra

    Then these two girls were dancing. They were shaking their bodies while the song was singing, ahhh push it, push it good. ahhh push it, push it real good. Then I got a boner. I was so embarrassed. I had to hold my orange julius low while walking to hide my pennis.

  • March 9, 2012, 8:54 p.m. CST


    by Brank Hud

    Could you see their bush? Because then I would have really got a boner.

  • March 9, 2012, 9:08 p.m. CST

    I did not see their bush

    by ajit maholtra

    But i saw their tush. And it was very nice. Plus that Push It song makes me very horny.

  • March 9, 2012, 9:20 p.m. CST

    Friedkin is one of those directors....

    by IamZardoz

    that Ill never understand why the bigwigs in Hollywood dont use more often. Sooner or later these guys go away (think Ashby, Frankenheimer, Lumet) and we are left with the dreggs like Cameron and Bay.

  • March 9, 2012, 9:21 p.m. CST


    by Brank Hud

    is fake bush worse than no bush? Or is fake bush better than real bush? A fake bush, I believe, is called a merkin. They were invented by the ancient Egyptians who would shave their pubes because of lice but still wanted to rock that bush. I get it. I love me that bush, I really do. But personally, I don't like fake bush. Or fake tits for that matter.

  • March 9, 2012, 11:25 p.m. CST


    by TinDrummer

    Which one is that, Jade?

  • March 10, 2012, 2:24 a.m. CST


    by David_Denmans_Beard

    He either means she's introduced from a full-frontal shot or she's playing the role of a hairy vagina. Of those two possibilities, I'm suddenly on the fence about what to hope for.

  • March 10, 2012, 4:23 a.m. CST

    Juno Temple

    by David Smith


  • March 10, 2012, 8:11 a.m. CST


    by Judge Anderson's kinky boots

    Haven't we had enough of that oil plundering, war monger already? Great to have Friedkin back. Was this based on a stage play? Seem to remember seeing a production with the same name in London about 15 years ago, set in a trailer park. Very tense stuff too, as I recall.

  • March 10, 2012, 8:38 a.m. CST

    Don't say "Billy"

    by MisterManReturns

    I don't care if you are "pals" - keep it to yourself. It reads as "wanna-be"......

  • March 10, 2012, 8:45 a.m. CST

    iamzardoz said "dregs like Cameron and Bay"

    by mastes360

    Camerons resume - The Terminator Aliens The Abyss Terminator 2 True Lies Titanic Avatar Yes what a hack or a director!, idiot.

  • March 10, 2012, 8:47 a.m. CST

    Friedkin is back goddammit!

    by Darth_Kaos

    And my eyes and ears are grateful! Checking this out if it's release at the theatre. But something tells me that it might go straight to DVD. Which is a shame. He's in my top 5 fav directors! BTW- I'm excited about Walter Hill's new one as well.

  • March 10, 2012, 9:06 a.m. CST

    Camerons resume

    by IamZardoz

    Thanks for making that list, all those movies might have made him a pile of money but they all are cartoon level trash aimed at 13 year olds.

  • March 10, 2012, 9:31 a.m. CST

    George W. Bush?

    by Zardoz

    Now that WOULD be a crime movie!

  • March 10, 2012, 9:35 a.m. CST

    I met Friedkin in SF after a screening of THE Exorcist DC.

    by Zardoz

    Super smart, funny, very nice man. He signed my Exorcist poster, which was already signed by Linda Blair. (She was in SF just the week before, also promoting the film.) So cool!

  • March 10, 2012, 10:45 a.m. CST

    Matthew is pretty great as KILLER JOE

    by big_log

    Why do I even come here anymore? It's like watching your neighbor's house burn down: it's incredibly sad, but you just can't stop looking. And seriously, wtf is up with calling the man "Billy"?

  • March 10, 2012, 11:25 a.m. CST

    How Utterly Sad

    by Stewart Wolfe

    That the director of 'The French Connection' and 'The Exorcist' is reduced to directing a Matthew McConaughey picture. Has his career sunk THAT low?????

  • March 10, 2012, 10:17 p.m. CST

    William Frieidkin worships the devil

    by David Duchovny

    He makes dirty movies with bad things in them. Rick Santorum is coming in November to stop trash like him from messin' up our country. We're takin' it back!

  • ...will make me forget the ridiculously retarded boiled in a bag California bourgeois condo murder story that was JADE. Loved BUG. Love THE FRENCH CONNECTION and THE EXCORCIST. And TO LIVE IN DIE IN L.A. is among my all time favorite movies. I hope this KILLER JOE is as good as it sounds.

  • March 11, 2012, 2:39 p.m. CST

    stiguy: Huh?!?! BUG was awesome!


  • March 11, 2012, 6:49 p.m. CST

    Michelle Williams in Killer Joe

    by The Alienist

    I saw her do the play about ten years ago off-Broadway...I guess its the role someone named Juno Temple is playing...cause the role is way too young for Gershon. Great play, will be interesting to see how its opened up.