A new clip from the William Friedkin‘s upcoming controversial thriller Killer Joe has been released. The film is an NC-17 version of the play by Tracey Letts, and stars Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild) as a young man who convinces his father (Thomas Hayden Church) to have a local policeman (Matthew McConaughey, in the title role) kill his mother for cash, trading in the virginity of his younger sister (Juno Temple). Hey, these are hard economic times!
Billed as a “totally twisted deep-friend Texas redneck trailer park murder story” (well howdy do), the film earned its NC-17 rating because of “graphic disturbing content involving violence and sexuality, and a scene of brutality” (so, really, no worse than an average episode of Game of Thrones). For more on the film and to see the clip, hit the jump. Killer Joe opens in limited release on July 27th.
Clip via /Film.
The clip showcases a casual conversation about genital mutilation; you know, just another day in Texas I guess. Despite the movie being considered disturbing, the clip’s particular audio content is pretty tame. Aside from the genital mutilation part. For more Killer Joe, check out the official trailer.
According to our own Matt Goldberg, who saw the film at TIFF, there’s not much to redeem the film outside of McConaughey’s performance and the ending. Still, it could at least be a conversation piece …?
Here’s the official synopsis:
When 22-year-old Chris (Emile Hirsch) finds himself in debt to a drug lord, he hires a hit man to dispatch his mother, whose $50,000 life insurance policy benefits his sister Dottie (Juno Temple). Chris finds Joe Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), a creepy, crazy Dallas cop who moonlights as a contract killer. When Chris can’t pay Joe upfront, Joe sets his sight on Dottie as collateral for the job. The contract killer and his hostage develop an unusual bond. Like from a modern-day, twisted fairy tale, “Killer Joe” Cooper becomes the prince to Dottie’s Cinderella. Based on the play by Pulitzer and Tony Award winner Tracy Letts, “Killer Joe” is a garish, provocative black comedy from Academy Award-winning director William Friedkin (The Exorcist, The French Connection) and stars Emile Hirsch, Matthew McConaughey, Juno Temple, Thomas Hayden Church, and Gina Gershon.