Conclusion: As Friedkin mentions in the featurette, SXSW intro and the commentary, the intent of the film is elicit a strong response from the audience. He mentions that though he is not concerned which side of the fence the audience lands, he is concerned with the viewers experiencing some kind of emotional...
Excerpt: Matthew McConaughey is this generation’s Robert Mitchum. This isn’t to say that the prime years McConaughey squandered shirtless in dire romantic comedies put him on equal footing with the iconic star of The Night Of The Hunter and Out Of The Past .
Excerpt: Texas. Chris (Emile Hirsch) owes a lot of money to a local gangster. Staying with his father Ansel (Thomas Haden Church), stepmother Sharla (Gina Gershon) and younger sister Dottie (Juno Temple), he and Ansel hatch a plan.
Excerpt: The opening titles are simple but accurate: "William Friedkin's Film of Tracy Letts' Killer Joe ." And make no mistake--William Friedkin has made a film of it, but this is undeniably "Tracy Letts' Killer Joe .
Summary: The family that slays together pays together in "Killer Joe," a nasty little Texas noir that transfers Tracy Letts' 1993 play from page to screen with generally gripping results before devolving into an over-the-top splatterfest.