Killer Joe

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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 sinister, possibly depraved Dallas cop who moonlights as a contract killer. When Chris can’t pay Joe his killing fee upfront, Joe sets his sights on Dottie as his “human collateral” for the job. The psychotic contract killer and his young hostage develop a highly unusual bond, and like something out of 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, and co-starring Thomas Haden Church and Gina Gershon, Killer Joe is a garish, provocative and shocking black comedy, shot through with elements of Southern Fried Film Noir, from Academy Award-winning director William Friedkin (The Exorcist, The French Connection).