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

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Events take a darker turn as a contract killer (Neil Maskell) and his business partner (Michael Smiley) carry out a new assignment.

Cast & Crew

Emma Fryer
Fiona
Robert Hill
High Priest
Gemma Lise Thorton
Keira
Ben Wheatley
Screenwriter
Amy Jump
Screenwriter
Robin Gutch
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Hugo Heppell
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Mark Herbert
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Katherine Butler
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Laurie Rose
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Robin Hill
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Ali Fearnley
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Critic Reviews for Kill List

All Critics (95) | Top Critics (36) | Fresh (74) | Rotten (21)

  • 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.

    January 8, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Deeply edgy, gory crime film maintains perfectly calibrated tension before dropping a bombshell that will be too much for some viewers.

    January 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.

    April 11, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • Wheatley's sui generis sophomore effort confirms him as a weasel to watch under the cocktail cabinet for.

    March 19, 2012 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • It just barely works for me by virtue of its audacity but I wouldn't be surprised if it doesn't do the same for you.

    March 16, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/5.0 | Full Review…

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  • 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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