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The Killer Inside Me is stylish and beautifully shot, but Michael Winterbottom's distance from his characters robs this often brutally violent film of crucial emotional context. Read critic reviews

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An encounter with an aggressive prostitute (Jessica Alba) brings a Texas lawman's (Casey Affleck) homicidal tendencies screaming to the surface.

Cast & Crew

Kate Hudson
Amy Stanton
Jessica Alba
Joyce Lakeland
Simon Baker
Howard Hendricks
Bill Pullman
Billy Boy Walker
Ned Beatty
Chester Conway
Elias Koteas
Joe Rothman
Tom Bower
Sheriff Bob Maples
Jay R. Ferguson
Elmer Conway
Liam Aiken
Johnnie Pappas
Matt Maher
Deputy Jeff Plummer
Ali Nazary
Max Pappas
John Curran
Screenwriter
Chris Hanely
Producer
Lilly Bright
Executive Producer
Chad Burris
Executive Producer
Alan Liebert
Executive Producer
Randy Mendelsohn
Executive Producer
Fernando Sulichin
Executive Producer
Melissa Parmenter
Original Music
Joel Cadbury
Original Music
Marcel Zyskind
Cinematographer
Mags Arnold
Film Editor
J.C. Cantu
Casting
Rob Simons
Production Design
Mark Tildesley
Production Design
Lynette Meyer
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Jeanette Scott
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Critic Reviews for The Killer Inside Me

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  • May 04, 2015
    "You don't fit the bill as a killer," newspaper man Joe Rothman (Elias Koteas) says to Lou, Casey Affleck's character. This severe underestimation epitomizes this melodrama, a brooding, mesmerizing period piece set in 1950s Texas. This admittedly controversial film should be a modern film noir masterpiece, but its graphic violence particularly against women may have doomed it to cult status. It's a twisted misogynist psychological thriller that depicts a sadomasochistic psychotic as well as I've ever seen on film. The aforementioned character is played by Casey Affleck, who continues to amaze me. His main character is kinky yet mysterious; he plays a sort of amoral calculating characters who both derives pleasure from and is disgusted by his horrible misdeeds. This film is brutal and seductive in equal measures, and although a period piece about small town 1950s Texas, its shocking brutality has a modern feel. This is a more graphic version of The Last Picture Show meets Gone Baby Gone. The main character possesses an amorality rarely seen in film. He's so smooth his victims never see it coming, as he explains to one of them. Jessica Alba is wonderful, as his Kate Hudson-in a better role than usual. The music, a combination of opera and western swing, creates a fantastically eerie mood also. I recommend this film to thriller fans, but be prepared-its extreme
    Clintus M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 13, 2013
    Lou Ford: I got a foot on both sides of the fence. They were put there early and they stayed put. I can't move. I can't jump. All I can do is wait until I split, right down the middle. Michael Winterbottom is a director who I can say, after only seeing three of his films, The Killer Inside Me being the third and A Mighty Heart and Road to Guantanamo being the other two, that I respect. It's rare that a director hooks you like that after only seeing a few of his movies, but Winterbottom is an extremely interesting direct. He doesn't shy away from material, that's for damn sure. Movies like A Mighty Heart and Road to Guantanamo show that off excellently. The Killer Inside Me does too. There's a lot of really disturbing and disgusting material, some shown and some hinted at, and also highly psycho-sexual. A small town deputy sheriff hovers between two lives, his simple life as a deputy and the other part of him that comes out. We get a lot of backstory throughout the film that explains why Lou Ford has the killer inside him and it's done in a really clever and interesting way.  While this isn't as good as the other two films I've seen from Winterbottom, I still really liked it and think it's highly underrated. I thought Casey Affleck nailed his role as Lou Ford. He came off as not just a believable psychopath, but a perfect psychopath. The supporting cast surrounding Affleck is interesting to say the least. We get Kate Hudson, Jessica Alba, Ned Beatty and Bill Pullman, along with some Texas accented character actors. None of them really help the movie at all, there all kind of just there, which makes sense given the main characters lack of empathy for other human beings.  The Killer Inside Me is definitely worth a watch. It's not a masterpiece by any stretch, but it's a solid crime thriller with a surprisingly excellent performance from Casey Affleck. It has a nice pace and Winterbottom's direction is extremely clever. 
    Melvin W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 09, 2013
    A very strange movie...the ending is interesting though.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 17, 2012
    Michael Winterbottom has often struck me as the pretentious type, so I tend to distance myself from his work, but "The Killer Inside Me" is a modest achievement on his part. That being said, the main thing about it that I don't quite care for is his peculiar directing style, which makes light of some dark subject matter. It almost seems like he tried to strip a film noir of most everything that made it a film noir in the first place. So, what should have been a bleak, gritty crime thriller ends up being a sort of whimsical psychological drama that takes itself seriously, but in the silliest of ways. I enjoyed "The Killer Inside Me" for its beautiful cinematography and top-notch performances, but I'm not sure if I totally liked it. The scenes of violence that were designed to shock me didn't have as much of an impact as I'm sure they were intended to.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer

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