DVD/ Blu-ray: Killer Joe (18)


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William Friedkin's scuzzy redneck thriller only betrays it's theatrical roots (Killer Joe is based on Tracy Letts's play) in the final segment, when everything unravels in suitably gruesome fashion –you'll never view a fried chicken drumstick in the same way again.

Matthew McConaughey excels as the corrupt, brutal cop who is hired by Chris (Emile Hirsch) to bump off his mother for the insurance. Unable to pay Joe's money upfront, he offers up his unhinged sister (Juno Temple) as collateral. Gina Gershon and Thomas Haden Church also star in this memorable and disturbing slice of American gothic.