Watch: William Friedkin's NC-17 Rated Thriller 'Killer Joe' First Trailer

May 8, 2012
Source: The Playlist

Killer Joe

During the SXSW Film Festival (check out all of our coverage here) there was quite some buzz surrounding Killer Joe, the Southern thriller from director William Friedkin (The Exorcist, French Connection) because of a certain scene involving some violence and fried chicken (the first poster took advantage of that fact). The story follows a young man (Emile Hirsch) in danger who turns to a shady hitman (Matthew McConaughey) to take out on his evil mother in order to collect the insurance. Now we have the first trailer for the film which has landed itself a rare NC-17 rating (it won't be edited for an R-rating). Watch!

Here's the first trailer for William Friedkin's Killer Joe found by The Playlist:

Killer Joe is directed by Oscar-winning director, William Friedkin (The Exorcist, The French Connection, Rules of Engagement, Bug) with a script by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright, Tracy Letts, and marks their second collaboration after teaming up for the 2006 film Bug. When 22-year-old Chris (Emile Hirsch) is in hock to a drug lord, he needs money quick and stumbles on the scheme of hiring a hit man (Matthew McConaughey) to dispatch his mother, whose $50,000 life insurance policy is supposed to go to his sister Dottie. The film premiered at SXSW 2012, and will hit theaters this summer on July 27th.

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Reader Feedback - 21 Comments



Christopher Kenny on May 8, 2012


This looks Great! I think Matthew McConaughey is becoming a much better actor, with Lincoln Lawyer and this.

Zade_92 on May 8, 2012


Quite a lot in that trailer. Like a lot of plot twists, you know.

Crapola on May 8, 2012


This looks solid! Can't wait to see it.

jah p on May 8, 2012


and academy goes to..  Matthew  McConaughey ?

Dpramroop on May 8, 2012


Two of my favorite actors in a very disturbingly wicked film? I'm on board.

tzarinna on May 8, 2012


Hey guys, remember when a movie trailer used to only show 27% of a movie instead of oh, I dunno..... 80%!? For fuck sake man.

Agent Kid Society on May 8, 2012


So the movie is only 3 mins long?

Geoffrey Shauger on May 8, 2012


Obviously he means of the story.

Max Renn on May 8, 2012


Creatively funny, I like...

Agent Kid Society on May 9, 2012


Yep I think they gave away quite a few things there too.

Crapola on May 8, 2012


Sweet sickness howdy! Sign me up!

Jace LeRoy on May 8, 2012


this looks good......glad to see THC in this - he should do more movies.

beevis on May 8, 2012


Got a Blood Simple vibe?

tommyturner on May 8, 2012


Looks good. No shirtless McConaughey in this trailer though; he must be saving it for the movie.

Max Renn on May 8, 2012


Taking bets for who/what McConaughey is leaning on on the movie poster.

Alex on May 8, 2012


Damn. Yes please. McConaughey is great in darker films. Loved him in Frailty.

grimjob on May 8, 2012


Hmmm......he broke the 4th wall.....

David Banner on May 8, 2012


Stopped watching because it looks too good. Cant' wait to see it... but I'm probably going to have to.

DaftBot on May 9, 2012


This could be William Friedkins's best film in a long while. I looking forward to watching this film.

Bazzmosis on May 14, 2012


There are times when Emile Hirsch resembles a young Jack Black! But he is a tremendous young actor...unlike Mr. Black.

Jack E. Bocchino on Jun 3, 2012

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