Release Date: January 4, 2012 (limited) Studio: IFC Midnight Director: Ben Wheatley Screenwriter: Ben Wheatley, Amy Jump Starring: Neil Maskell, Michael Smiley, MyAnna Buring, Emma Fryer UK Teaser (7.15.11): Flash Player
Eight months after a disastrous job in Kiev left him physically and mentally scarred, ex-soldier turned contract killer, Jay, is pressured by his partner, Gal, into taking a new assignment. As they descend into the dark, disturbing world of the contract, Jay begins to unravel once again – his fear and paranoia sending him deep into the heart of darkness.
Ben Wheatley’s Kill List is arriving on Blu-ray and DVD on August 14th from IFC.
Eight months after a disastrous hit job left him physically and mentally scarred (and struggling to support his wife and son), Jay (Neil Maskell) is pressured by his partner and best friend Gal (Michael Smiley) into taking a lucrative three-part assignment: kill a priest, then a dealer in torture porn, and finally a member of Parliament.
As the two men – one a volatile hothead, the other a careful professional – carry out their work with shocking brutality, Jay’s world begins to unravel until paranoia and unexplainable visions send him reeling.
It happens every year, sometimes more than once. Word starts to spread that a new horror movie is the best since (fill-in-the-blank). Viewers are cautioned against reading about the movie too much. And when you finally see it, something akin to disappointment is your initial reaction.
Hype can be a double-edged sword. You can’t help but elevate your expectations when everyone and their cousin swear that your mind will be blown by something, and it sets the bar awfully high, often unrealistically high. Such is the case with Kill List.
This is not to suggest that Kill List is a bad movie. It most definitely is not. It just isn’t as good as many of the reviews claim it is.
This year started off really strong with the release of the UK import Kill List. A quiet roll-out on VOD paved the way for a limited theatrical bow. Ben Wheatley’s film opens Friday in New York at the IFC Center and Los Angeles at the Cinefamily Silent Movie Theater and, today, we have a look at a terrific new domestic one-sheet that was cooked up for this release.