Trailer For William Friedkin’s Twisted NC-17 Drama ‘Killer Joe’ Featuring Matthew McConaughey

Written by on May 8, 2012 

One thing is for sure; after seeing Killer Joe, you’ll never look at fried chicken the same way again. The Exorcist director William Friedkin re-teams with Bug writer Tracy Letts for this twisted drama, which has been slapped with an NC-17, a rating the distributor won’t be appealing. I saw it during TIFF and wasn’t a fan, with only the final scene delivering the wacky thrills I was expecting.

But our own Jack Giroux was more favorable, saying this is “a deranged romantic comedy, the type we don’t get as often as we should. You’ll laugh, with the film or possibly at it, but either way you’ll still be laughing.” The first trailer has arrived via Apple and you can see the shenanigans below for the film starring Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch, Juno Temple, Gina Gershon and Thomas Haden Church.


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. Based on the play by Pulitzer and Tony Award winner Tracy Letts, “Killer Joe” is a garish, provocative black comedy from Academy Award-winning director William Friedkin (The Exorcist, The French Connection) and stars Emile Hirsch, Matthew McConaughey, Juno Temple, Thomas Hayden Church, and Gina Gershon.

Killer Joe hits theaters July 27th, 2012.

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