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Killer Joe - Film Review

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by Joe Passmore (subscribe)
Film/English graduate and now freelance writer, Joe Passmore has been enjoying and reviewing the culture of London for the past year. Check out his blog at joeseeks.blogspot.co.uk/ and follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/JoePassmore
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While we wait for Django Unchained, William Friedkin keeps us occupied with his Tarantinoesque drama. Killer Joe tells us the story of low-life Chris as he plots to kill his mother, with the help of his farther and of course the killer, Joe. I use the Tarantino reference lightly, as this black comedy may have a similar feel but it definitely is its own film, still baring Friedkin's distinct stamp.

There are great performances all round, especially from the women, Juno Temple and Gina Gershon, who present us with non-clichéd and interesting female characters. Emile Hirsch also shines as he bounces back from a string of questionable films.

This grotesque story of family can be a difficult watch and might have you swallowing your own vomit at times but you won't look away as the story is as captivating as its characters. And what more would you expect from the director of The Exorcist?

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