Killer Inside Me, The
Lou Ford is a deputy Sheriff in a small town in Oklahoma during the late 1940s. He’s a pillar of the local community but when his boss asks him to run prostitute Joyce Lakeland out of town, things tend to go quite differently than expected. His violent sexual tendencies take over and the two get into some sort of relationship that leads to a plan to skip town and secure some money in the progress. However, Lou decides to alter those plans and kills Joyce, setting it up as if she and the son of the local big shot in town, Chester Conway, killed each other.
However, the local DA doesn’t quite follow the idea of the double murder and as Lou tries to cover up for the mistakes he made, one body after the other falls.
Sound and Vision:
The image and sound quite nicely follow the atmosphere of the movie but that may not be a real compliment. There’s nothing wrong on a technical side of things, but the presentation looks flat and distant while the sound focuses on the front with little to no use of the surround speakers and subwoofer.
The Killer Inside Me is based on the 1952 book by Jim Thompson that caused quite the stir back in the day. In 1976 a movie was made based on it with Stacey Keach in the lead but that never managed to make any waves. Several other attempts were done but never finished until now with this 2010 version by Michael Winterbottom.
The film noir approach works up to a certain point but unfortunately not all the way. The acting is of very high standard and the cast does their best to make things work, but we never manage to get to see any depth that would make us care about what’s going on.
On the surface, the movie has quite a lot in common with American Psycho but just misses something that I can’t pinpoint to make it a true classic. What’s left is a rather slow-moving thriller with some gratious over-the-top violence and Jessica Alba’s butt in the nude. Nice, but nothing to remember for long.