The King Is Dead (2012)




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Open inspection at the house-for-sale in the quiet, leafy neighbourhood...Max, science teacher, and Therese, tax accountant, decide that here is the house for them. Unsuspecting, they buy and move in, finding a nice family on one side and, well, "interesting" on the other. But interesting soon becomes loud, and loud soon becomes intolerable and when the intolerable becomes the violent, and the police are powerless to do anything, and the community lawyer suggests ear plugs, Max and Therese are forced to try and solve the problem of the neighbour from hell themselves...and end up with a corpse on their hands. But even that's not the worst of it, because the corpse from hell has friends...and even worse, enemies...
Art House & International , Comedy , Mystery & Suspense
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Critic Reviews for The King Is Dead

All Critics (6)

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Full Review… | July 12, 2012
Top Critic

The screenplay comes with a wealth of comical gags and observations about suburban life that many audiences should identify with.

Full Review… | October 17, 2013
Onya Magazine

If this film had a more propulsive plot, veered into Straw Dogs territory and retained its dark laughs, I imagine we would be talking about an Australian classic.

Full Review… | September 27, 2012
The Aristocrat

The King is Dead!, while not as brilliant as Bad Boy Bubby or Alexandra's Project, shares with those films a unique and perverse vision of Australian suburbia ... De Heer's always bold, and here he's bold again. The Independent King is certainly not dead.

Full Review… | July 23, 2012
ABC Radio (Australia)

The King is Dead has some great comic asides, and the finale paints Max and Therese into a genuinely dangerous and entertaining corner.

Full Review… | July 16, 2012

The King is Dead! is a deliciously dark genre mash-up, coy and explorative but tight and insular, sprayed with wry laughs and a genuinely foreboding undertone.

Full Review… | July 15, 2012

Audience Reviews for The King Is Dead

This is the worst movie that I've seen since Lost in Translation! How can anyone label this a comedy? There is NOTHING funny about this movie. We never laughed once. There is nothing even remotely humorous about this movie. Its about two stupid people who move in next to a party / crack house in Australia. It's like watching paint dry. You end up not caring about the paint or the wall surface, you just want it to be over. One thinks that maybe the end will bring some closure or resolution to the show but it's as lame and characteristically unfunny as the rest of the film.

Karl Junker
Karl Junker

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