Michael Winterbottom’s film The Killer Inside Me is shaping up to be this year’s Antichrist. It premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival in January to mostly negative reviews and a mild amount of outrage. Most of the controversy was in regard to the film’s relentless portrayal of violence against women particularly against Jessica Alba. However, the film does have its fans. The Killer Inside Me has created an Antichrist style debate with the “this is deplorable” versus the “you just don’t get it.”
The film has just received its first official trailer today and it mostly shakes off the violence. It plays like a mild PG-13 film about a misguided man struggling for his own truth. The film is based on the novel by pulp writer Jim Thompson and despite the negative reviews, I think it could be something special. Antichrist has almost unanimous negative reviews coming out of Cannes and it ended up going on to being one of the independent hits of the year (and it was just announced it will be receiving a Criterion release). The same fate could be in store for Winterbottom’s film.
Below is the synopsis and trailer for The Killer Inside Me:
Lou has a bunch of problems. Woman problems. Law enforcement problems. An ever-growing pile of murder victims in his West Texas jurisdiction. And the fact he’s a sadist, a psychopath, a killer. Suspicion begins to fall on Lou, and it’s only a matter of time before he runs out of alibis.
But in Thompson’s savage, bleak, blacker than noir universe nothing is ever what it seems, and it turns out that the investigators pursuing him might have a secret of their own.
The Killer Inside Me will be in the U.S. on June 18, 2010.