Saturday, June 15, 2013

Kill List

I haven't seen a film that feels so washed over with evil since maybe The Shining. Without giving too much away, Ben Wheatley's film is partly a domestic study along the lines of a Mike Leigh film, partly a crime flick with a pair of chummy contract killers, and partly an occult thriller. But all of these elements are horrifying. I was scared of this movie before anything scary ostensibly happened. Best horror film I've seen in at least a decade, and I can't wait to catch Wheatley's new film, Sightseers, which is getting rave reviews.

By the way, in case you haven't intuited this already, this is definitely not a film for the faint-hearted or weak-stomached. One of the bold moves that Wheatley makes is to have the film be both humorous and violent, but unlike so many movies today, it is never humorous and violent at the same time.

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