Killer Diller

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A group of criminal misfits brought together in a halfway house forms the Killer Diller Blues Band. Sentenced for parole violation, Wesley Benfield and some of his musically inclined housemates are recruited by Ned Sears, who runs the halfway house, to play church music for students and retirees. When Wesley meets autistic piano player Vernon, the band really takes off, but the members need to pull off one more crime in order to make it big.

Cast & Crew

Mary Kay Place
Dr. Gwen Bradley
Taj Mahal
J.R. Cox
Matthew Jensen
Cinematographer
Tom McArdle
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Keb' Mo'
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Tom Rothrock
Original Music
Felicia Fasano
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Critic Reviews for Killer Diller

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (3)

  • Writer-director Tricia Brock springs a few pleasant surprises while tilling familiar ground in her promising debut feature about a guitar-playing car thief who transforms a spiritless gospel group into a kick-ass blues band.

    July 6, 2010 | Full Review…

    Joe Leydon

    Variety
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  • I loved the music. It's a good film.

    May 8, 2006
  • How rockin' can a band be when their leader is Fred Willard?

    February 13, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • This story of a vaguely Elvis-esque troublemaker who transforms the misfit gospel choir at a Baptist halfway house into a rockin' blues band could probably be screened at a real Baptist halfway house without controversy.

    May 3, 2006 | Rating: 2/4
  • Folks looking for unchallenging, uninspired easy-to-swallow 90 minutes of entertainment may find it here. Personally, I'd rather put on the soundtrack to Blues Brothers 2000.

    April 6, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Killer Diller

  • May 13, 2014
    Predictable, but heart warming and makes you feel good inside. Stunning performance from both Scott and Black.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Sep 14, 2010
    Very good movie!! Yet another one of those "quirky" movies that I got a kick out of. I like alot of movies that are based around music, but this one also had a very good cast and storyline.
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 29, 2010
    The music is amazing. Funny and uplifting. Great cast who really played out their characters well. Lucas Black deserves something for his radiant performance. Loved the Plymouth!
    Leigh R Super Reviewer
  • Feb 28, 2010
    A pretty silly send up of a group of young people who are apparently sentenced to an alternative to jail for their minor infractions. The real star of this however is the music. Some strong blues performances supposedly played by these delinquents kept this from being a total waste of time. The story itself seemed to lack focus. Was it supposed to be about Vernon (Lucas Black), an autistic young man, finding his place in the world and gaining his father's approval in the process? Was it about the conflict between two brothers, played by Fred Willard and John Michael Higgins over control of a small Baptist College? What was the deal with setting the story there, anyway? Or, was it supposed to be about a group of troubled teenagers finding redemption in coming together to play the Blues? Any of those various storylines could easily have served as the central theme, but by trying to develop all three, the film felt diluted and incomplete. We never really got a feel for what was driving any of these stories. It could be that this viewer demands too much from a comedy (this is no drama, despite the NF category definition) but I know it is possible to make a funny film that tells a good story as well. If not for the music, this just might have been unwatchable. Keb' Mo' only has a bit part and contributes no music to the film, while Taj Mahal only appears at the beginning and briefly at the end.
    Mark A Super Reviewer

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