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The King Is Dead

The King Is Dead (2012)

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Open inspection at the house-for-sale in the quiet, leafy neighbourhood...Max, science teacher, and Therese, tax accountant, decide that here is the house for them. Unsuspecting, they buy and move in, finding a nice family on one side and, well, "interesting" on the other. But interesting soon becomes loud, and loud soon becomes intolerable and when the intolerable becomes the violent, and the police are powerless to do anything, and the community lawyer suggests ear plugs, Max and Therese are

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The screenplay comes with a wealth of comical gags and observations about suburban life that many audiences should identify with.

October 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Onya Magazine

If this film had a more propulsive plot, veered into Straw Dogs territory and retained its dark laughs, I imagine we would be talking about an Australian classic.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: The Aristocrat
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The King is Dead!, while not as brilliant as Bad Boy Bubby or Alexandra's Project, shares with those films a unique and perverse vision of Australian suburbia ... De Heer's always bold, and here he's bold again. The Independent King is certainly not dead.

July 24, 2012 Full Review Source: ABC Radio (Australia)
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The King is Dead has some great comic asides, and the finale paints Max and Therese into a genuinely dangerous and entertaining corner.

July 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Quickflix
Quickflix

The King is Dead! is a deliciously dark genre mash-up, coy and explorative but tight and insular, sprayed with wry laughs and a genuinely foreboding undertone.

July 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Crikey

Black comedies rarely come as carefully measured or as full-blooded as this marvellously engaging lark, which is essentially a revenge fantasy for anyone who has ever suffered the prolonged trauma of living with a bad neighbour.

July 13, 2012 Full Review Source: 3AW

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