On July 27th, LD Films will release Killer Joe. This is remarkable for two reasons. 1. The film was directed by William Friedkin, who gave us such classics as The Exorcist and To Live And Die In LA (btw, if you haven’t seen that movie, do it. Bloody and suspenseful). 2. They’re releasing it with its original NC-17 rating, which almost never happens these days. I’m seeing the film later this week, and I hear it’s pretty hardcore. The film stars Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch, Juno Temple, Thomas Haden Church and Gina Gershon. It’s based on the play by Pulitzer and Tony Award winner Tracy Letts.
Also – I’ll be interviewing William Friedkin live on Twitter this coming Friday, May 11th. It will take place from 930AM-1030AM PST (1230PM – 130PM EST). You’ll need to be following both @BDisgusting and @WilliamFriedkin to tune in.
In the film, “When 22-year-old Chris (Emile Hirsch) finds himself in debt to a drug lord, he hires a hit man to dispatch his mother, whose $50,000 life insurance policy benefits his sister Dottie (Juno Temple). Chris finds Joe Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), a creepy, crazy Dallas cop who moonlights as a contract killer. When Chris can’t pay Joe upfront, Joe sets his sight on Dottie as collateral for the job. The contract killer and his hostage develop an unusual bond. Like from a modern-day, twisted fairy tale, “Killer Joe” Cooper becomes the prince to Dottie’s Cinderella.”
Head inside for the trailer.