Kill List


Kill List

Critics Consensus

Kill List is an expertly executed slow-burn crime thriller that thrives on tension before morphing into visceral horror.



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From director Ben Wheatley, Kill List is a mind-blowing genre concoction being called the "#1 Horror Film of the Year" (Bloody-Disgusting). A brilliant blend of family drama, hitman action-thriller and terrifying psychological horror film, Kill List tells the story of an ex-soldier turned contract killer who is plunged into the heart of human darkness. Eight months after a disastrous hit job in Kiev left him physically and mentally scarred, Jay (Neil Maskell) is pressured by his partner Gal (Michael Smiley), into taking a new assignment. As they descend into the bizarre, disturbing world of the contract, Jay's world begins to unravel until fear and paranoia sending him reeling towards a horrifying point of no return. -- (C) IFC

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Struan Rodger
as The Client
Robin Hill
as Stuart
Gareth Tunley
as The Priest
Bob Hill
as High Priest
Esme Folley
as Hotel Receptionist
Jamelle Ola
as Hotel Receptionist 2
Zoe Thomas
as Hotel Waitress
Mark Kempner
as The Librarian
Damien Thomas
as The Doctor
Lora Evans
as Thorn Blindfold Woman
David R. Bowen
as Father of the Bride
Rebecca Holmes
as The Bride
Sara Dee
as News Reader
Alice Lowe
as Radio Reporter
Steve Oram
as Radio Reporter
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Critic Reviews for Kill List

All Critics (94) | Top Critics (27)

  • Wheatly aims for something like moral complexity by having one of the killers believe in God and the other aspire to be a good husband and father, but once the graphic violence starts, it upstages everything else.

    May 28, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Displaying both a nasty edge and a playful sense of humor -- but thankfully, never at the same time -- Brit import Kill List is several cuts above its fellow midbudget horror brethren.

    Jan 8, 2013 | Full Review…

    Andrew Barker

    Top Critic
  • When it's all over, audiences are sent reeling out of the theater with heads spinning and guts churning.

    Jan 8, 2013 | Full Review…

    Mark Olsen

    L.A. Weekly
    Top Critic
  • Deeply edgy, gory crime film maintains perfectly calibrated tension before dropping a bombshell that will be too much for some viewers.

    Jan 8, 2013 | Full Review…
  • One of the scariest films I've seen in ages, although I cannot in all honesty explain exactly what the movie is about.

    Apr 11, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • "Kill List" has a slow build, but don't be lulled into complacency. This is one of the most violent and disturbing films you'll see in an art house.

    Mar 15, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Kill List

  • Apr 17, 2018
    Horror is at its most visceral and paranoid when it's British in my opinion and Kill List supports this opinion massively. A little bit of a hidden gem, in Kill List a troubled ex-army officer resumes his humble day job of carrying out assassinations for large sums of money and inevitably finds himself tangled in a contract that will burrow under his skin and eventually consume him. Firstly the direction is entirely offbeat and has a dream-like ambiance to it as the protagonist staggers through happenings that get stranger and stranger as time progresses, resulting in a showdown that will be pretty hard to forget with a brilliant plot twist right at the end that leaves a burn on the brain. The real horror is in the crumbling of the human psyche and also the family unit. The disintegrating relationship between the characters of Maskell and Buring is so well acted by both actors that it's really quite devastating to watch as it can be all too familiar. I'd definitely recommend this gem to everyone.
    Harry W Super Reviewer
  • Jul 26, 2016
    I'm not going to give Kill List a genuine review, because I think it's best to go into the movie the same way I did. Without expectation. Don't look up the plot or anything and go in unadulterated. All I will say is that I recommend it highly.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 15, 2015
    I went into this film blind, and I sure glad I did. Part family drama, part brutal action thriller, and part horror film with a shocking ending that will make your jaw drop and make you immediately want to discuss it with friends. Of course if you hate films that make you think and prefer mindless entertainment, you would do best to seek elsewhere.
    Anthony V Super Reviewer
  • Mar 22, 2015
    A pointless and confusing mix of family drama, hitman thriller and gory horror that lacks energy, tension and is never engaging, with so many plot holes, terrible pacing and ugly jump cuts - and not even a creepy twist in the end (which makes no sense) saves it from being a bore.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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