Texas Killing Fields

2011

Texas Killing Fields

Critics Consensus

Texas Killing Fields is a competent boilerplate crime thriller, brewing up characters and plots used in better films.

37%

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27%

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User Ratings: 5,013
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Inspired by the string of real-life unsolved murders in a small Texan town, this tense and haunting thriller follows a local homicide detective (Sam Worthington), and his partner, a transplanted cop from New York City (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) as they track a sadistic serial killer dumping his female victims' mutilated bodies in a nearby marsh dubbed The Killing Fields. The killer changes the game and begins hunting the detectives, teasing them with possible clues at the crime scenes while always remaining one step ahead. When a familiar local girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) goes missing the detectives find themselves in a race against time to find their killer before she is murdered. -- (C) Anchor Bay

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Cast

Sam Worthington
as Mike Souder
Chloë Grace Moretz
as Little Anne Sliger
Deneen Tyler
as Lady Worm
Corie Berkemeyer
as Shauna Kittredge
Trenton Perez
as White Kid
Maureen Brennan
as Mrs. Kittredge
Tony Bentley
as Captain Bender
Becky Fly
as Neighbor
Annabeth Gish
as Gwen Heigh
Kelvin Payton
as Congregation 1
Ron Flagge
as Congregation 2
Sheryl Lee
as Lucie Sliger
Jon Eyez
as Levon
Joseph Meissner
as Uniformed Cop
Joe Chrest
as Salter
Thomas Druilhet
as Uniformed Officer 1
Tatelyn Ione Galentine
as Jump Rope Girl
Jade Radford
as Shelter Girl 1
Cassidy Smith
as Shelter Girl 2
Leah Elizabeth Sanchez
as Lila's Daughter
Jennifer Kober
as 911 Operator
Ryan Reinike
as 911 Supervisor
Wayne Ferrara
as Canine Officer
Kerry Cahill
as Carla Romer
Kirk Bovill
as Boyfriend
Jason Mitchell
as 7-Eleven Cashier
Coryn Cunningham
as Elizabeth Heigh
Sean Cunningham
as Billy Heigh
Brayden Turner
as Iuso - Young Boy
Anastasia Boissier
as Girl at Vigil
Richard "Doc" Whitney
as Constable Rankin
Brian Duffy
as Flannel Shirt Poacher
Tom Proctor
as Poacher 2
Brittney Diez
as Store Clerk
Mark Adam
as Surveillance Detective 1
John A. Stassi
as Surveillance Detective 2
Jim Chimento
as Radio Operator
John Neisler
as DPS Officer
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Audience Reviews for Texas Killing Fields

  • Sep 01, 2016
    Some ideas and especially the atmosphere of the southern swamps remind of the first True Detective season, and came out years before it. But the timing is off a couple of times and the characters just aren't as compelling. In the end the film does pick up a little speed and you can't blame a story based on real events for being not particularly spectacular or surprising. But if it wasn't for the good names in the cast this would have been instantly forgotten.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 20, 2013
    After investigating the death of a young woman, Texas City Detectives Mike Souder(Sam Worthington) and Brian Heigh(Jeffrey Dean Morgan) find time to inquire into the welfare of Ann(Chloe Grace Moretz), a teenager on probation. What they do not have time to do is help Detective Pam Stall(Jessica Chastain) of a neighboring jurisdiction on her own case of a missing person. That has much more to do with their boss still being sore at them for a past transgression than the fact that she and Souder used to be married. Regardless, Heigh announces he will help with her inquiries. Considering how ubiquitous procedurals have become lately, it is surprising that no one really manages to royally screw one up(or get one just right, either), but along comes "Texas Killing Fields" which manages to achieve a high level of incoherence through attempting to manage two cases at the same time. As inspired as this is by a true story, I got the feeling there was something desperately lurking beneath the surface but what can you do? Because, for the record, atmosphere, above average acting and a really cool car chase can only get you so far.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • May 18, 2012
    Once in... There's no way out. Not so good.... I really wanted to like this movie. It has good actors, and the chance of a great storyline. Unfortunately, that did not help this movie in the least. When it comes to this kind of cop film, you need direction, some one that can tell the story at a good pace, connect all the dots, get you engrossed in the mood of the film, make you sit and wait for more clues and so on, but this film lacks all of that. At the end your lost in the story, characters are totally uninteresting and you know when you are done with the movie that you could have spend your time differently. Not recommended! Souder, a homicide detective in a small Texan town, and his partner, transplanted New York City cop Detective Heigh, track a sadistic serial killer dumping his victims' mutilated bodies in a nearby marsh locals call 'The Killing Fields'. Though the swampland crime scenes are outside their jurisdiction, Detective Heigh is unable to turn his back on solving the gruesome murders. Despite his partner's warnings, he sets out to investigate the crimes. Before long, the killer changes the game and begins hunting the detectives, teasing them with possible clues at the crime scenes while always remaining one step ahead. When familiar local girl Anne goes missing, the detectives find themselves racing against time to catch the killer and save the young girl's life.
    Manu G Super Reviewer
  • Mar 26, 2012
    A pretty cool film with an excellent cast. Morgan is fantastic here, and Worthington is absolutely hilarious. I just wished this film had better advertising...I heard about it on IMDB, but aside from that, it totally disappeared from the grid. Anyway, check this film out...it's totally worth your time.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer

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