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September 26th, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER | Brew Views
 

Brew Views: Killer Joe

Decadent and depraved:.

brewviews_killerjoe_3847KILLER JOE - IMAGE: Voltage Pictures

At age 77, William Friedkin has ceased giving any semblance of a fuck. Killer Joe is maybe the most skin-crawlingly nasty picture to come from a major American director since David Lynch’s Blue Velvet. Set against the burnt-out landscape of the American Southwest, in an unnamed town on the outskirts of Dallas, it indulges in the ugliest of white-trash stereotypes. If it were the product of a younger filmmaker, the cruelty and condescension would translate as desperately attention-seeking. But Friedkin has been pushing, prodding and provoking audiences for decades. Killer Joe has no underlying message to leaven and redeem the violence and perversion; it has only the visceral charge of a master shit-disturber going all-in appealing to his basest instincts. It’s disgusting, but just try looking away. You can’t.

 
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