As wickedly funny as it is gleefully depraved, William Friedkin‘s B-movie sizzler “Killer Joe” is really unlike anything you’ll see this year. Hilarious and jaw dropping in equal measure, the movie is a fiercely entertaining good time, and while that NC-17 rating by the MPAA is a bit harsh, it speaks volumes about the film’s tone and content that certainly pushes the envelope.
Based on the play by Tracy Letts, the film follows a hapless young man (Emile Hirsch), already up to his neck in trouble, who hires a cop by day, hitman by night (an excellent Matthew McConaughey) to kill his monther for the insurance money. Unable to pay the fee upfront, he puts his sister (Juno Temple) down as collateral, and so begins a twisted tale that gets even more out there with each turn of the plot. We’ve got an exclusive clip from the film, in which Hirsch’s character — who you can tell from the brusies is already dealing with some serious business — tries to cancel the transaction with the very calm, cool and collected Killer Joe.
Stay tuned, because we’ll have a lengthy interview with William Friedkin about the film tomorrow. Until then, check out the scene below and find “Killer Joe” when it opens in limited release on July 27th. Check out our review right here and read our exclusive interview with the film’s director here.