The Killer Inside Me (1976)

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Stacy Keach plays Lou Ford, a deputy sheriff whose brutal childhood experiences have left him emotionally warped. Ford is prized by his community for his no-mercy treatment of criminals. But the danger that he will snap and begin killing indiscriminately is ever-present. Based on the novel by Jim Thompson, in this adaptation Ford's psychotic breaks are signalled by lightning flashes. Director Burt Kennedy handles his material in the manner of his earlier Welcome to Hard Times: nothing is quite of this earth, and everything is painted in broad, violent morality-play strokes. Despite Kennedy's predilection for "cutting in the camera" (that is, filming each scene with only one or two different camera angles, so that his directorial vision will survive the editing room), Killer Inside Me gives evidence of having been severely tampered with in the post-production process.
Rating:
R
Genre:
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Warner Bros.

Cast

Keenan Wynn
as Conway
Charles McGraw
as Hendricks
John Carradine
as Dr. Smith
Julie Adams
as Mother
Royal Dano
as Father
John Dehner
as Maples
Pepe Serna
as Johnny Lopez
Don Stroud
as Elmer
Jack Moore
as Hank
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Critic Reviews for The Killer Inside Me

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

This again-atypical film from Winterbottom, the genre-swapping director of A Mighty Heart, Genova and The Road to Guantanamo, is a much more sober affair than its early, controversial press might suggest.

Full Review… | June 2, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

Not even the offices of the excellent Burt Kennedy can save this hopelessly stodgy and psychologising story.

Full Review… | April 9, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

Never convincing.

Full Review… | August 26, 2015
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Anti-ingenue Susan Tyrell's performance as the feckless hooker who inadvertently unleashes a hellhound on a small mining town is so rawly effective it's painful to watch.

Full Review… | July 24, 2010
Miss FlickChick

The just-average script and some weak supporting roles, however, ultimately limit the film.

Full Review… | April 9, 2008
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Audience Reviews for The Killer Inside Me

Bizarre, disjointed thriller worth watching only for Keach's performance. It doesn't really get interesting until the end and by then you don't care.

Mara Barker
Mara Barker

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