Did you ever think, for one moment, a fictional film could put you off fried chicken for life? If the answer is no, you've clearly never witnessed Killer Joe. Crafted by the man who brought us such classics as The French Connection and The Exorcist, William Friedkin comes close to outshining many a controversial director, by creating an extremely difficult and in some cases, beyond watchable nightmare, that will most likely divide opinion for another 10 years or so. Killer Joe follows the Smith family, a dim whited and simple family, who find themselves in way over their head, when a plot to kill their own mother, in order to gain her life insurance, goes well beyond wrong. At points playing like an early Coen Brothers movie, Killer Joe has a peculiar charm and sense of humor, its script, chalk full of indecencies, some too disturbing not to break a nervous cackle over, which will leave many audience members reeling in anger, and that's kind of the point. It feels unbearable, mostly when McConaughey is sharing screen time with anybody. He snarls and sweats his way through the material like slime, dripping from a rusted drain pipe, its such a demanding performance, even his co stars look completely baffled for the films run time. Friedkin really goes to town here, allowing the source material and theatre structure of the script plenty of time to breathe, its a welcomed turn of events, rarely seen is a film where actors can slowly, calmly and coherently allow the dialogue to take over, this shows off the writings potential in a mammoth way. At the end of the day, Killer Joe has all the hallmarks of a Ken Russell film, close to the bone and daring, however it is so pungent that a vast quantity of cinema goers will despise everything about it. Its not user friendly, its exceptionally slow, its high tension, blood curdiling and completely uncomfortable to watch. Roll that up with an exterior layer of sexism and abusive behavior towards women and your seriously making this a hard sell for anyone. Killer Joe doesnt care if you loath it, mainly it just wants a reaction and you'd have to be a stone cold killer not to give it one. Harsh, unsettling and brutal, Killer Joe will frighten off more people than it may appeal to, however those willing to sit through its subject matter, may find an experience quite like no other.