NC-17 graphic abberant content involving violence and sexuality, and a scene of brutality. (PENDING APPEAL)
Killer Joe is acquired by LD Distribution. (Liddell Entertainment, the innovative production and distribution financier is launching a new theatrical distribution entity, LD Distribution). This film and few others are part of its launch in 2012.
The film stars Matthew McConaughey as the contract killer title character as well as Emile Hirsch, Thomas Haden Church, Gina Gershon and Juno Temple.
Directed by: William Friedkin (Director of the Exorcist & the French Connection)
It premiered at the Venice Film Festival and TIFF Festival to strong reception from both the public and critics. There were groups of walkouts during the showing though due it's over-the-top nature.
I had the pleasure of seeing this @ TIFF, and I have to say Matthew McConaughey gives an Oscar worthy performance that the Academy would NEVER would nominate.
He is nothing like the McConaughey you've seen before. He was born to play the role.
The film is kinda brilliant, and I'm looking forward to seeing it again.
The very UNIQUE situation is this film is that it doesn't have a single sex scene in it.
If I had to guess what gave it the NC-17 rating, I know what it is. It had to have gotten it b/c of a scene that deals with a KFC honey-BBQ drumstick.
It probably isn't the EXTREME violence towards the end of the film...
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJlhEGrQM60"]Festival 2011: KILLER JOE teaser - YouTube[/ame]
http://www.deadline.com/2012/02/killer-joe-gets-nc-17/Originally Posted by Deadline