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The Killer Inside Me (2010)

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A West Texas Deputy Sheriff is slowly unmasked as a psychotic killer.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chester Conway
Joe Rothman
Bum / Stranger
Deputy Jeff Plummer
Johnnie Pappas
Elmer Conway
Ali Nazary ...
Max Pappas
Zach Josse ...
Lou - 13 (as Zachary Josse)


Sadism and masochism beneath a veneer of revenge. Lou Ford is a mild-mannered sheriff's deputy in a Texas oil town in the mid 1950's. His boss sends him to roust a prostitute living in a rural house. She slaps him; he hits her, then, after daily sex for the next few weeks, he decides it's love. She's devoted to him and becomes his pawn in a revenge plot she thinks is to shakedown the son of Chester Conway, the town's wealthy king of construction. Lou has a different plan, and bodies pile up as murder leads to murder. The district attorney suspects Lou, and Conway may have an inkling, but Lou stays cool. Is love, or at least peace, in the cards? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing brutal violence, aberrant sexual content and some graphic nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

8 June 2010 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

El diablo bajo la piel  »


Box Office


$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£124,006 (United Kingdom), 6 June 2010, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,083, 20 June 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$214,966, 15 August 2010
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The piece of music that Lou (Casey Affleck) plays on his piano is the 25th variation of J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations. It was regarded by musicians, such as Glenn Gould and Wanda Landowska, as one of the most significant pieces of music ever written, even within the context of the entire set of variations, which is generally held to be one of Bach's greatest masterpieces. Gould's 1955 recording of this variation was included in the soundtrack to Slaughterhouse-Five (1972), during scenes portraying the firestorm that destroyed Dresden. See more »


When Lou Ford chases the extortionist down the street, the extortionist runs past a modern Peterbilt truck. See more »


[first lines]
Sheriff Bob Maples: Name of Joyce Lakeland. Lives about four or five miles out on Derrick Road past the old Branch place.
Lou Ford: Oh, I know the old Branch place. She a hustling lady, Bob?
Sheriff Bob Maples: Well, I guess so, but she's - she's been pretty decent about it.
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Jolie Blond Likes the Boogie
Written by Mancel Tierney, Dickie Jones and Bob Wills
Performed by Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (as Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys)
Courtesy of Mercury Nashville Records under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Police story developing dark sides of a personality as sadist and killer
5 December 2011 | by See all my reviews

This intriguing film well screen-written by Jim Curran and based on a novel by expert Jim Thompson , it deals with Lou Ford (Casey Affleck , Ben Affleck's brother) who is a mild-mannered sheriff's deputy in an Oklahoma oil town in the mid 1950's . He is a West Texas deputy sheriff who is slowly unmasked as a psychotic killer . His chief (Ned Beatty) sends him to roust a whore named Joyce Lakeland (Jessica Alba) living in a rural house. It results to be a very unexpected and strong meeting which leads to them falling in love with each other and initiating a peculiar sadomasochistic relationship . As Lou falls for her and have daily sex for the next few weeks . She's devoted to him and becomes his pawn in a vengeance scheme she believes is to shakedown the son of Chester Conway, the town's rich king of construction whose wealthy son (Jay Ferguson) has relations to Joyce. Lou has a diverse project , continue his life with his girlfriend named Amy Stanton (Kate Hudson , Goldie Hawn's daughter) , however the bodies pile up as killing leads to killing . And the fact he's a sadist, a psychopath, a murderer . The district attorney (Simon Baker) suspects Lou but Lou stays easy.

This noir film based on the novel by legendary pulp writer Jim Thompson contains thrills , suspense, intrigue , plot twists and lots of sadism and masochism with slapping , punches and hitting .The picture is developed on its first part in slow-moving , for that reason is a bit boring however later on starts the action and suspense and when the movie is more entertaining until a surprising final .Good performance by Casey Affleck as cool policeman who acts beneath a mask of revenge and undertakes a criminal spree as well as Kate Hudson playing his faithful girlfriend . Large support cast formed by prestigious secondaries as Elias Koteas as trade unionist , Tom Bower as deputy , Ned Beatty as boss , Bill Pulman as advocate and Brent Briscoe as bum. The movie is a bit violent and disagreeable but happens various cruel murders . Evocative and colorful cinematography by Marcel Zyskind , Winterbotton's usual . Very good musical score plenty of songs from the 50s . The motion picture is professionally directed by Michael Witterbotton who has realized all kind of genres, thus : Drama (Wonderland), costumer (Jude) , warlike (welcome to Sarajevo), Western (the claim), musical comedy (24 hours party) , documentary fiction (In this world), erotic(9 songs) , even sci-fi(code 46) and noir cinema (The killer inside me). Rating : Good though unpleasant film . Well worth watching

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