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The Killing Jar (2010)



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A dangerous psycho meets his match when he takes over an isolated roadside diner, and begins methodically dispatching the staff and patrons. Michael Madsen, Danny Trejo, and Harold Perrineau star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: R (for strong bloody violence, and for language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Mark Young
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 22, 2011
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Lew Temple
as Lonnie
Jake Busey
as Greene
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Critic Reviews for The Killing Jar

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (6)

Strains to wring tension from a tired premise and an airless script.

Full Review… | March 19, 2010
New York Times
Top Critic

There's little fun involved, for either the audience or the diner patrons.

Full Review… | March 19, 2010
Detroit News
Top Critic

What dribbles out is a series of repetitive, dull, clichéd showdowns until most of the cast is gruesomely dispatched and the twist-that-isn't-a-twist is revealed.

Full Review… | March 18, 2010
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

A spectacularly boring chamber thriller.

Full Review… | March 18, 2010
Top Critic

Mark Young's bargain-basement thriller is as witless as the captor's motive; to paraphrase another well-dressed Madsen psycho, this little doggie barks, but it has no bite.

Full Review… | March 17, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

The film has no pulse and feels interminable, with its stilted dialogue, static staging, and usually fine actors who are horrendous here.

Full Review… | March 16, 2010
Village Voice
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Killing Jar

One really brutally wicked simple isolated thriller where the elimination process really plays a sticky part in keeping you riveted to the screen. What started out as a simple quiet evening in a roadside diner between some folks turned out to be a massacre that is orchestrated by one man. Jimmy (Danny Trejo) and his waitress Noreen (Amber Benson) have just decided to close up the kitchen, when they heard on the radio that a homicidal maniac has just eliminated a family of innocent folks. Shortly after that broadcast was made a suspicious looking truck driver named Doe (Michael Madsen) walks in and makes demands for service. After being singled out and made everyone edgy by his hostile behavior...he leaves..but brings back a world of hurt and fury that was so unimaginable. See this really wicked and shocking tale as it unfolds in front of your eyes. You will never view a diner the same way ever again.

Fascade Fiveoneeight

Super Reviewer

I like the concept, but this felt a bit dragged-out and repetitive. A bigger budget would have done this film great justice. Overall though, not bad... I just would have liked to see some better effects and a quicker pace.

Good movie, Michael Madsen is great in this movie. What is it with him and torturing people in chairs. recommend this movie. find out who it is half-way through, but still very entertaining film

Charles Peeples

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